Tottenham’s slim hopes of being crowned Premier League champions are all but over after the demoralising 5-2 derby defeat to rivals Arsenal, a result made all the more remarkable by the fact that Spurs led 2-0 at one stage, but Harry Redknapp’s men still have the small matter of Champions League qualification to guarantee in the final dozen games of the campaign.
Subsequently, Tottenham can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves especially as Manchester United are the visitors to White Hart Lane today and Spurs are 21/10 outsiders at BetVictor to at least exert some influence on the title race by seeing off Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, Betfred’s 6/4 favourites.
Redknapp’s charges have an outstanding home record, with ten wins and just one defeat –against leaders Manchester City – from thirteen matches on their own patch. They can’t be written off then, despite United’s strength on the road and Stan James’ 12/5 for the spoils to be shared is therefore worth considering, alongside a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 via Coral.
The champions struggled to see off Norwich a week ago and on that basis the hosts would appeal at 11/10 in Paddy Power’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market were it not for the absence of inspirational midfielder Scott Parker through suspension.
Nevertheless, Tottenham can still avoid defeat (4/7, Skybet) and potentially able to help them achieve as much is former United front man Louis Saha, who is 7/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes to continue the bright start to his Spurs career by breaking the deadlock.
Wolves came from two goals down to grab a share of the spoils at Newcastle last Saturday but bookies reckon they’re up against it at Craven Cottage, Boylesports making Terry Connor’s troops 11/2 outsiders as they face Fulham.
The hosts, at 4/6 with William Hill, come into the clash in confident mood having carded back-to-back victories against Stoke and QPR but Wanderers will be galvanised by their St James’ Park comeback and they’re decent value at 11/4 (Partybets) to earn another point in this one.
Also today is the Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland and that too could finish all square, a result bet365 rate at 12/5.