Spurs the only focus for Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is focused on his own job and is not concerning himself about what might happen next season.

Ahead of a Tuesday evening Premier League trip to Brighton, Pochettino was asked if he was worried that champions Manchester City could move further ahead of the chasing pack next term, having wrapped up the title with five games to play.

He told reporters: "I am not concerned. Yes, of course, if they invest money and bring in players that can improve their squad, of course they are sure to compete to be the best team in the Premier League again.

"Today my concern is to try to win on Tuesday, after that I am not thinking about what Man City is going to do. It is nothing to worry about, because it is still so far until next season."

Meanwhile, Pochettino also confirmed that he will rest a number of senior players for the clash with the Seagulls, with one eye on the FA Cup semi-final against

That seems likely to mean a major role for January signing Lucas Moura, who has yet to start a league game since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day.

Central defender Toby Alderweireld also looks set to be involved, although Pochettino was non-committal on whether that would be as a starter or a substitute.

He added: "Yes, Toby is going to be in the squad. Tomorrow I will decide whether he's going to play or not."

Having won 2-0 against Albion at Wembley earlier this season, Spurs are 1/2 to claim all three points on Tuesday evening and are 6/5 to keep a clean sheet, with Fernando Llorente available at 10/11 to score at any time.

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Tomkins values Zaha’s influence

Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins says his side are lucky to have Wilfried Zaha among their ranks, following a crucial 3-2 Premier League win over Brighton.

The Eagles have not gained a single league point from any game in which Zaha has not taken part this season, an issue which was highlighted when the Ivory Coast international was recently sidelined by a knee injury.

However, with Zaha back in the fold, Palace have earned four points from their last two games, with the 25-year-old scoring twice in the victory over the Seagulls on Saturday which lifted the Londoners six points clear of the drop zone.

And Tomkins is well aware of just how important Zaha is to the overall play of his side, who are back in action next Saturday when they head to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.

He told the Evening Standard: "Wilf is Wilf, he turns games on his own. He's massively important to the team and he showed that again on Saturday – we are fortunate to have him.

"He does not shy away from running at defenders. He is a defender's worst nightmare at times, when he is running at them at the speed he does and with the skill he has.

"He could play for any team in the Premier League. We are just lucky to have him."

Palace have claimed three wins and three draws from their last six visits to the Hornets, while earlier this season the meeting of the two sides at Selhurst Park ended 2-1 to the hosts thanks to dramatic late strikes from bakery Sako and James McArthur.

The Eagles are 31/20 to claim all three points next weekend, with the draw priced at 11/5, while the visitors are 10/1 to secure a 2-1 victory.

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Hamsik vows to battle on

Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik has urged his team-mates not to give up on their Scudetto hopes, ahead of a crucial showdown with Serie A leaders Juventus.

The Gli Azzurri trail Juve by six points with six games to play, having drawn two of their last three league games, with the title rivals set to meet in Turin next Sunday.

However, with both sides in midweek action before that crunch clash, Hamsik is desperate to see his side keep up the pressure and maintain the belief that they can still overhaul Juve, who have won the Serie A title in each of the last six seasons.

He told his club's official website following a 0-0 draw with AC Milan on Sunday: "There are still 18 points up for grabs.

"The gap between us and Juventus is getting big, but we must keep believing until it's no longer mathematically possible.

"We just have to think about our next game against Udinese. We must forget what happened at the San Siro and focus on our next objective."

On Wednesday evening Napoli are at home to Udinese, while Juve are away at relegation-threatened Crotone.

Napoli have already faced Udine twice this season, winning the league meeting at the Stadio Friuli 1-0 thanks to a Jorginho goal, while a Copa del Rey meeting in Naples also ended 1-0, with Lorenzo Insigne the matchwinner for the hosts.

Napoli can be backed at 2/11 to defeat Udinese on Wednesday and are 7/1 to claim another 1-0 victory, with Hamsik available at 13/10 to score at any time.

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Hughton wary of tough run-in

Brighton boss Chris Hughton does not want to rely on other teams slipping up as he attempts to guide the Seagulls to safety.

After losing 3-2 at Crystal Palace on Saturday, Brighton are seven points clear of the bottom three, but have only taken one point from their last four games and face a very difficult run-in.

Brighton play Tottenham at the Amex on Tuesday night, before coming up against Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley.

Hughton's team may avoid relegation even if they don't pick up any more points this season, but the Seagulls boss is keen to return to winning ways as soon as possible.

Brighton are 8/1 to be relegated this season and 13/2 to beat Tottenham on Tuesday. Hughton's side are 20/1 to win the encounter 1-0 and 6/1 to keep a clean sheet in the match.

Hughton said: "We want to be able to get to safety in this division because of what we've done and the points that we've got, not just because maybe others haven't got theirs.

"Of course you'll take it, but you are always better off if your destiny is in your own hands.

"We are capable. The top six are the top six because they are the best teams with the best players, so we know the magnitude of all of these games.

"But we've played very well against Arsenal and managed to get a result. The top six will lose games, perhaps some they don't expect to lose, and we have to go into the (Tottenham) game with that type of mentality.

"We have got tough games left and we will have to get a result that probably no-one expects in one of them."

Arnautovic backed to shine

West Ham United boss David Moyes hopes Marko Arnautovic can produce another match-winning display against Stoke City on Monday.

The 28-year-old Austrian moved from the Potters to West Ham last summer and has shown flashes of his potential at times this season.

He struggled during the first few months of the campaign but improved once Moyes had replaced Slaven Bilic as Hammers boss, with one of his best displays coming in the 3-0 win at the us Stadium in December.

Arnautovic has scored nine goal in his last 14 appearances and was at his imperious best again recently when West Ham beat Southampton, who are now managed by his former Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

"Players like Marko need a little bit of leg room, maybe more than others, and I think we gave Marko his leg room but I want to make sure he knows he has got to do the job here," Moyes said.

"I don't think he will (slack off) now, because he knows what got the crowd from booing him to cheering him every week and becoming one of their heroes."

West Ham can be backed at 1/1 to beat Stoke City while Arnautovic is 13/10 to score at any time against his former team, who are 1/8 to be relegated this term.

Santalab: We never got into gear

Veteran striker Brendon Santalab admits the departure of Tony Popovic as coach damaged Western Sydney's chances of making the A-League Finals Series.

Wanderers missed out on the top six for the second time in their six seasons in the A-League, after losing 3-2 at home to Adelaide United on the final day of the regular season.

They needed to beat the Reds to pip Brisbane Roar for sixth place, but had to play the final half hour with 10 men after Keanu Baccus was sent off.

Santalab said the season had been a "rollercoaster", with Popovic – who had led them to A-League premiership and 2014 Asian Cup glory – resigning a week before the first game of the campaign.

Hayden Foxe took over as interim coach and led them to a win and four draws from the first five rounds, before former Adelaide coach Josep Gombau was handed the reins on a three-year contract.

Wanderers, though, were inconsistent throughout the campaign and never won more than two games in a row.

They looked well placed to qualify for the Finals Series when they were fifth with five games left, but only picked up four points in those matches.

Santalab said: "It's been a real rollercoaster season from when Popa left. It was very tough for us all at the club, players and staff.

"I don't think we ever got into gear during the season. We were up and down and never gained momentum or consistency."

Gombau isn't sure whether he will keep his job for next season, as the club will hold a post-season review involving their board.

The Spaniard said: "When you make a lot of changes when they are used to things in the middle of the season it is not an easy situation. That's all; it's part of this project."

United are 13/8 to win their Elimination Final against Melbourne Victory, who are 4/9.

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Absalonsen cleared for Victory

Coach Marco Kurz says Johan Absalonsen will be fit for Adelaide United's Elimination Final against Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

The Dane went off after being kicked on the knee by Keanu Baccus in the 3-2 win over Western Sydney on Sunday.

The off-the-ball incident saw Baccus sent off, with Adelaide sealing the victory against the 10 men thanks to substitute Ryan Kitto's 80th-minute goal.

It was Adelaide's third win in four games, sending them into the Finals Series in confident mood.

There was nothing riding on the result for them, as they were guaranteed to finish fifth, but Kurz said his side had been determined to take the three points to keep them on a roll and also out of respect for Brisbane Roar.

The Roar had beaten Perth Glory on Saturday to go above Western Sydney into sixth spot, meaning Wanderers had to beat United to qualify for the finals.

Absalonsen went off on 66 minutes after Baccus kicked out at him, the change working out well as his replacement Kitto netted the winner.

The Dane was left with bruising on the inside of his knee, but Kurz said: "It's only a knock and he's ready for the next week."

The Reds coach said Adelaide had a duty to play for a win to maintain the league's integrity.

"It's a competition and I give you an example with Brisbane if we stay in this position I prefer or expect from the opponent to play for three points," he added.

"And that's what I said to the boys we travelled to Western Sydney to hold on fifth place and also to play for the three points and congratulations for the boys."

United are 13/8 to win their Elimination Final against Melbourne Victory, who are 4/9.

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Wanderers denied finals spot

Ryan Kitto's late goal gave Adelaide United a 3-2 win over Western Sydney that denied Wanderers a place in the A-League Finals Series.

Josep Gombau's side needed a victory at ANZ Stadium to pip Brisbane Roar for sixth spot, but did themselves no favours when Keanu Baccus was sent off just after the hour mark when they were level at 2-2.

Wanderers, who missed a penalty through Oriol Riera, needed to find a winner while they had a man less but it was Kitto who grabbed the vital strike with 10 minutes left.

It confirmed a fifth-place finish for United, who will travel to Melbourne Victory for an Elimination Final next week.

Western Sydney went ahead on 16 minutes when, after fumbling a shot from Alvaro Cejudo, Reds keeper Paul Izzo was adjudged to have fouled Riera.

Riera converted from the resulting penalty, but the lead only lasted five minutes as Baba Diawara latched onto a long ball from Jordan Elsey and fired into the top corner.

Wanderers almost re-took the lead soon after, but Marcelo Carrusca's effort came back off the post. Instead it was Adelaide who next found the net, thanks to Daniel Adlung's 39th-minute strike from the edge of the area.

Carrusca levelled when he was left unmarked and headed past Izzo from Raul Llorente's cross, but Wanderers missed a golden chance to take the lead on the stroke of half-time when the VAR awarded them a penalty, only for Izzo kept out Riera's shot.

Baccus was dismissed for kicking out at Johan Absalonsen, and 10-man Wanderers succumbed when Nikola Milseusnic delivered a low ball across the face of goal for substitute Kitto to dispatch for the winning goal.

United are 13/8 to win their Elimination Final against Melbourne Victory, who are 4/9.

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Zaha’s form thrills Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is so pleased with Wilfried Zaha's form that he thinks the Crystal Palace star can be as good a player as Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard.

The 25-year-old scored twice on Saturday as the Eagles secured a vital 3-2 victory against Brighton.

The result lifted Palace above Swansea and up to 16th in the Premier League table, six points clear of the bottom three.

Hodgson said of former Manchester United star Zaha: "We can't ask any more than what he's giving us.

"His dribbling ability and ability on the ball has been very good for a long time, so what step can he take to get himself up there recognised like Sanchez, like Eden Hazard is recognised at Chelsea?

"What's he going to do to make that step? With his qualities, he can take that step and become even better.

"Wilf has been in superb form this season, and last season towards the end too. We had to take off Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the last 10 minutes as he cramped up, but his performance was fantastic as well."

Palace are 31/20 to win their next match on Saturday at Vicarage Road against Watford while Brighton are now 8/1 to be relegated this season.

Wagner over the moon after win

David Wagner has admitted that Huddersfield Town took a big step towards safety by beating Watford 1-0 on Saturday.

A humdrum match of few clear-cut openings seemed certain to end goalless until Tom Ince's dramatic stoppage-time goal and it left the Terriers at 1/7 not to be relegated this season.

Ince steered home Mathias Jorgensen's cutback to send the home fans into raptures at the John Smith's Stadium.

It was Town's first victory in six Premier League games and lifted them seven points clear of the bottom three.

"It was a very emotional moment for everybody who supports Huddersfield," said Wagner afterwards. "I am delighted for the players, I am absolutely over the moon.

"I am so pleased for our supporters as well – they really pushed the players the whole time and then the players gave them something to cheer about.

"It will be a really great night in Huddersfield because it was a big step, for sure it was, even if we know the job isn't done."

Huddersfield are 17/10 to beat Everton on 28th April, while Southampton are now 4/9 to be relegated this season and Stoke City 1/8.