This weekend it’s Southampton who are on their way to Tottenham but they may well be wishing they could be somewhere else with Saints old boy Gareth Bale back in ranks and the ability to grab late goals showing no signs of deserting the home side.
My love and admiration of Mauricio Pochettino’s men has been well documented and a few dodgy results at the end of this season are no bad thing if it adds a couple of points on to the prices of bets I have my eye on in the next campaign. It is alarming to see two consecutive blanks from their array of talent up front but surely lightning can’t strike thrice for such a gifted set of forwards.
At the bottom Wigan are fast running out of chances to pull off another great escape. It’s almost got to the must-win stage ahead of a trip to West Brom. Two points from four games is relegation form at any stage of the season but with as much attacking spark as they have up against a home side who have at least half an eye on their summer holidays, goals again look in store in this one.
The team most at risk from a Wigan revival are Newcastle, with the whole of Tyneside anxiously looking over their shoulder at the bottom three and remembering they don’t actually like Cockneys. You would imagine they would need at least a couple of goals to get anything from the trip to West Ham as Andy Carroll looks in the form to send his old friends and team-mates a step closer to the drop.
Martin O’Neill’s stock as a manager has probably never been lower but at least he still can claim the distinction of being the last visiting gaffer to keep a league clean sheet at Old Trafford. It’s a record he is likely to keep after this weekend too as, despite having the league sewn up, Man Utd won’t be easing off with Chelsea in town.
The visitors continue to show few signs of fatigue, despite this being their 384th game of the season, and have scored in their last 13 matches in all competitions since their trip to Bucharest.
Over 2.5 goals and both to score
Spurs v Southampton
West Brom v Wigan
West Ham v Newcastle
Man Utd v Chelsea (Sunday)