Spurs are settling into their new home nicely with four consecutive victories as they netted eight times and kept clean sheets in each outing. They have momentum on their side at that perception will only have been aided by the three teams directly below them – Chelsea, Arsenal and United – dropping points in last couple of weeks.
They welcome a Hammers side that have lost three of four winless outings since the end of last month, conceding late on in each of their last three, with the defeats away to Chelsea and United leaving them with an absolutely horrendous record of 13 defeats from 17 trips to ‘Big Six’ sides since 2016/17.
Even broadening their results out to include the entire top half of the table, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have gone just W1-D3-L8 home or away since October, including a defeat to Spurs in the reverse fixture.
Southampton can play with a bit of freedom having drifted away from relegation candidates Brighton and Cardiff, who look set to battle it out for survival now. They’ve won four of eight matches since late February, including three from four at St. Mary’s as only Liverpool could come out on top.
That should offer plenty of encouragement ahead of the visit of the poor-travelling Cherries, who have lost 10 of their last 12 on the road as the two exceptions came against basement dwellers Huddersfield and the woefully out-of-form Brighton. Only the bottom four teams in the league have accumulated fewer points than Eddie Howe’s men this term so far, while the Saints have won two of three unbeaten matches hosting the Cherries since their south coast rivals were promoted.
Both sides have injury concerns, but Bournemouth’s are more severe and Howe had to resort to fielding winger Junior Stanislas at full-back last time out as they went down to relegated Fulham.
Leicester may only have picked up the solitary point from their last two outings, but they were at least competitive, which is more than can be said about Arsenal as they went down to Wolves midweek and were bettered by Palace a few days before.
Although the former have a phenomenal record against the ‘Big Six’ this term, that defeat leaves the Gunners an awful W4-D3-L8 on the road since the start of December across all competitions. The victories came over League One outfit Blackpool, rock-bottom Huddersfield, a 10-man Watford side that have lost 10 of 11 encounters with the ‘Big Six’ this term, as well as a Napoli team forced to open up having lost the first leg of their Europa League tie at the Emirates.
The Foxes have won five of eight matches since the departure of Claude Puel and won this fixture 3-1 last term, and we’re banking on Brendan Rodgers to remove one of our own obstacles to a top-four finish.
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