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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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.

McClean hails Moore’s influence

James McClean revealed after West Brom's amazing 1-0 win at Manchester United that the players were all behind caretaker boss Darren Moore.

The 43-year-old was placed in temporary charge when Alan Pardew was axed a fortnight ago and has guided the rock-bottom Baggies to a draw with Swansea City and then Sunday's surprising success at Old Trafford.

James Rodriguez grabbed the only goal of the match but it was McClean who was the star of the show.

Even though the victory will only postpone Albion's relegation to the Championship, McClean is pleased that the players are showing some spirit after what has been a desperately disappointing campaign for the club.

"He's got that likeable factor, so everyone's pulling in the same direction for him," McClean said of Moore. "In the past two games we've put on two good performances for him.

"It obviously helps when you go out on the pitch knowing what you're doing – as individuals and as a team.

"Since the big man's come in, we've worked in training on what we're doing defensively and what we're doing in attack. In the past two games, we've shown we actually know what we're doing when we go out on the pitch, which obviously always helps."

West Brom are 11/2 to continue their recent improvement by beating Liverpool on Saturday, while they are 7/1 to keep a clean sheet against Jurgen Klopp's free-scoring team.

Kompany eyes back-to-back titles

Vincent Kompany is already thinking about winning next season's Premier League title after Manchester City were crowned 2017/18 champions on Sunday.

City were handed their third title in seven seasons when Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by rock-bottom West Brom.

That result meant City were confirmed as champions with a record-equalling five games remaining.

Kompany is now aiming to win back-to-back Premier League titles though – Manchester City are 4/6 to lift the 2018/19 title, while Manchester United can be backed at 6/1, Liverpool at 5/1 and Chelsea at 12/1.

"You can't take it for granted," said the 32-year-old Belgian. "I've been lucky to win three titles but so many I've missed as well.

"But my team-mates might roll their eyes when I say this: I want to see how the reaction is going to be now. I've never been able to retain the title and want to see if this team has got it to carry on and be even more successful.

"We want to stay humble about the fact that it's not a dynasty… it's one title and there is still so much work to be done before the full potential is unlocked."

Roberto Mancini guided City to the 2011/12 title when Sergio Aguero scored a last-gasp winner at QPR on the final day of the season before, two years later, Manuel Pellegrini's side were crowned champions.

"The difference is that we were consistent the whole season and played at the level we are expected to perform at," Kompany added. "In other times we nearly threw it away."

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.

Puel rues early lapses

Leicester City manager Claude Puel did not think his side deserved to lose 2-1 against in-form Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The Foxes conceded two goals in the first 10 minutes through Chris Wood and Kevin Long and, although Jamie Vardy halved the deficit after the interval, the visitors were unable to grab an equaliser.

Leicester also lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to injury as they fell nine points behind the seventh-placed Clarets.

Puel said afterwards: "Of course I was impressed because there was good concentration before the game and good duels at the beginning and it was close with the other team but to concede two goals quickly it was difficult to accept.

"After I think, like in the first half we had a lot of chances also and we came back into the game early before the break. It was important to come back in the second half with quality and we improved in our play.

"We have had a lot of chances and it is a big disappointment of course because I think we deserved another result. It was not a fair result."

Leicester are 5/4 to beat Southampton on Thursday and 9/1 to edge to a 2-1 victory against Saints.

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.

Salah’s feat astonishes Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he will do everything he can to ensure Liverpool's Mohamed Salah wins the Golden Boot this season.

The Egypt international scored in Saturday's 3-0 win against Bournemouth to bring his goal tally in all competitions this season up to an incredible 40.

Salah moved to Anfield from Serie A side Roma last summer and now has 30 Premier League goals to his name – five more than Tottenham's Harry Kane, who failed to get on the scoresheet in his side's 3-1 home loss to Manchester City.

Klopp said of Salah reaching 40 goals: "It's good, impressive. What a number, wow. And what a number of goals we have scored as a team, around 100 as a team, I don't know, didn't count.

"A completely normal boy in that situation wants to be top of the scoring list, Golden Boot, it's completely normal, we will not be in his way.

"He knows that the way we play suits him. You can see that the boys are looking and searching for him a little bit too much. It's like 'give it to him', so we have to mix it up a little bit. He is the threat, but the ball is here, but it's all good.

"As a striker, you have to make decisions, if you score, everybody loves you, if you don't score then, hmm… then people start discussing, so it's all fine."

Salah is 1/8 to be the Premier League's leading goalscorer this season, while Kane is available at 5/1.