Spurs to bounce back against Swans as Liverpool battle Burnley
Tottenham and Liverpool continue to chase the coattails of the Premier League top four, hoping to gatecrash the Champions League spots.
While Brendan Rodgers’ Reds received a boost last time out by beating Manchester City, they will now face a stubborn Burnley side battling the drop. Meanwhile, Spurs must recover from their Wembley disappointment to sink in-form Swansea City.
Tottenham v Swansea City
Spurs go into this clash holding the historical head-to-head record, having been beaten just eight times by Swansea, who have failed to slay Tottenham in their last eight attempts and lost on home turf to Mauricio Pochettino’s men earlier this term.
This fine record against their Welsh visitors makes the north London club odds-on favourites at 4/5 with Coral to take a vital three points.
Victory would be just the tonic Tottenham need after the disappointment of their Capital One Cup final defeat. Now that the league is their only route to European football for next season, back Spurs at fantastic odds of 5/2 to react and put three or more past Garry Monk’s men.
Top Tottenham stars Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane will certainly be hungry for goals after failing to lift silverware last time out.
Spurs’ enigmatic schemer Eriksen is 5/1 to continue his habit of scoring late by striking last again, while top Tottenham scorer Kane is a superb 7/2 to net first, or a fantastic price of 4/1 to bag a brace or better.
The Swans will not be an easy scalp for Spurs to steal, however, as Monk’s side have grabbed two wins on the trot, including a shock triumph against Manchester United.
Pochettino’s men would do well to be cautious then, as the Welsh club are 7/2 to rack up another surprise victory.
Inspirational South Korea skipper and anchorman Ki Sung-Yeung helped the Swans down the Red Devils and is 6/1 to score anytime again. Meanwhile, back in favour frontman Bafetimbi Gomis is 9/1 to make the difference by drawing first blood.
Liverpool v Burnley
Rodgers’ Reds must build on their morale boosting victory over City by making sure they commit themselves just as intensely to battle with Burnley.
Liverpool, odds-on at 4/11 to keep up their impressive momentum with another win at Anfield, are on a rampant run of 11 games unbeaten in the league.
This form should see the Merseyside men propelled into the top four sooner rather than later, but first Rodgers’ boys must push past the Clarets.
Burnley have not tasted triumph in any of their last seven outings, so their best bet is perhaps a draw at 4/1, with leading marksman Danny Ings 8/1 to fire home last, or 11/4 to be on target anytime.
In contrast to the crumbling Clarets, confident Liverpool have conceded just 3 goals in their last 7 league games.
Game changer Philippe Coutinho is 7/1 to follow on from his superb strike against City by closing the scoring, while sharpshooter Daniel Sturridge is 7/1 to bag against Burnley and add two or more to his tally.
Tricky Raheem Sterling grabbed the only goal against Sean Dyche’s side earlier this season, making the exciting England starlet 10/3 to get on the scoresheet first.