Tottenham to make title tilt with homegrown hitman Kane
Robbie Purves | 12 November 2016
A weekend north London derby saw Arsenal take on a Tottenham side unbeaten in the Premier League, looking to launch a real title tilt to surpass their efforts last season.
In their previous term Spurs recorded their highest ever Prem finish, yet still managed to place below the Gunners.
It may have been a dreary derby which finished 1-1, but a point away at the Emirates isn’t the end of the world, especially as homegrown hitman Harry Kane found the back of the net.
Here, we look at how the marksman can fire the Londoners back into title contention in their next five domestic fixtures…
West Ham United
Next up for Mauricio Pochettino’s players is a home encounter with relegation battlers West Ham. The east London outfit are really struggling both at their new home, where fan antics seems to occupy top billing rather than actual football, and on the road.
Kane should have no problem dispatching a few past the bubble blowing Hammers’ defence, as Slaven Bilic’s boys possess one of the worst away defensive records in the division.
The England star also boasts a great recent record against the Irons, netting twice in as many outings against them last term. Spurs look certain to finish in the Champions League places this campaign and are great value at 5/4 to do it with Coral.
Kane has a history of taking a month or so to get back to scoring ways after the summer break, and this fixture provides a perfect chance to dispel any doubts about his early season rustiness.
This is a fixture that Kane has relished and flourished in during past meetings. In fact, in his previous three league meetings with the Stamford Bridge outfit he’s netted as many strikes.
Conte’s new look Chelsea system looks solid for now, but challenge it with real offensive quality in the form of Kane and it may be a different story. Pochettino’s players are 3/1 to collect three points from their away trip to Chelsea.
Playing relegation threatened Welsh side Swansea should fill Kane with goalscoring anticipation, as Bob Bradley’s outfit remain a porous team.
Without a win since the opening day of the season, the Swans look prime Kane prey. The last time the striker played 90 minutes in the league against Swansea, he found the net – precedent to indicate he will keep his form going.
United aren’t firing on all cylinders right now and a trip to Old Trafford doesn’t fill teams with the dread it once did.
Spurs have actually won two of their previous four meetings in Manchester and Kane should fancy his chances. Though he has never found the net against England’s most successful Premier League club, current form suggests the Lilywhites could yet again cause an Old Trafford upset and stake their claim as real title contenders.
Tottenham are 18/1 to go a step better this season and lift their first Premier League trophy.
To round off Pochettino’s important five-game spell, is a home game to Hull. The blunt Tigers have conceded 17 in just six games – something Kane should take full advantage of.
The England striker has faced Hull on five occasions in all competitions and put three past the Tigers.
In Spurs’ next five games, there is real potential to drive onwards after a positive point away at Arsenal. The return of Kane in Dele Alli’s absence is a huge boost considering the opposition in their upcoming encounters.