Believe me when I tell you that it’s a wild ride being a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Squandering a 2-0 lead to ultimately lose 3-2 to West Ham in a cup game. Playing well, but not good enough to record any points at Old Trafford in league action one week ago. Finally, throttling Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley and securing passage to the next round of Champions League on Wednesday. It can be frustrating and lovely all at once.
So with all this in mind, believe me when I tell you that dropping points to Crystal Palace is a real possibility. I know from experience. I’m always prepared for the worst.
Rob Trites, however, is not. He loves Spurs this week as you’ll see below.
As usual, Rob and I are here to break down our favorite picks for the weekend ahead – one side, one total and one prop each from online shop Sportsbook – as the Premier League resumes before another unwelcomed break in one week’s time. Groan.
Here’s what we’re backing in Gameweek 11.
Andrew: Southampton -1 (+120)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Southampton is a much better side than we’ve seen thus far and could score some big wins throughout the campaign.
Now that said, this isn’t a team that will compete for European spots in the Premier League, but it’s not a team to be taken lightly either. Burnley will give the Saints a stiff test as Sean Dyche and his men are always well prepared but I like the Saints this weekend.
If Chris Wood is out for Burnley, it’s a huge blow to the Clarets attack, plus the Saints registered a nice 1-0 home win to Tony Pulis’ West Brom in their last effort at the Saint Marys.
Excellent midfielder Mario Lemina could miss out here, but I still like Southampton with the value at -1.
ROB: Tottenham -1.5 (-115)
Set to face last-place Crystal Palace coming off the biggest win this fan can remember, Tottenham is going to start Super Sunday with a bang.
The North London club’s 3-1 win over the European champions has killed any notion that Spurs can’t win at Wembley and while Real didn’t look like the team that lifted the Champions League trophy earlier this year, Tottenham had them on the back foot early and often on Wednesday.
You know who’s a worse team than Real? Crystal Palace. The Eagles have managed just four points and four goals after 10 fixtures and I don’t see those numbers changing this weekend when they line up against one of the best outfits in Europe.
Andrew: West Ham-Liverpool OVER 3 (EVEN)
Both of these sides concede. A lot. Both reside in the bottom six of the league defensively and with the Hammers (and Slaven Bilic) fighting for survival and Liverpool fighting for European places, I think we could see free-flowing football here.
Four of the last five in this fixture have seen three or more goals in it and I don’t think Saturday should be any different.
Rob: Stoke City-Leicester City OVER 2.5 (EVEN)
This pick really makes itself. Stoke cannot defend for the dickens and Leicester Nygaard has been scoring at will since saying good riddance to a nagging caretaker.
The 2015-16 champs are the much better team offensively but since seeing N’Golo Kante depart to London, they’ve struggled in their own end.
If you’re a Togga player, I’d highly recommend starting Mahrez, Vardy, Shaqiri and the like. This could be a barnburner.
Andrew: Tammy Abraham To Score Anytime (+130)
As a Spurs fan, I’d love to see this kid wearing the shirt one day. As it stands, I have to watch him for Swansea for the time being, but even that is OK. This kid can flat-out play.
The 20-year-old has bagged four goals so far in the season and there are plenty more to come. That’s why I’ll take a punt at +130 for him to score anytime at home against a promoted side, albeit a very decent one.
He recorded a brace against one promoted club (Huddersfield) already and he’s a big target with good feet and a penchant for finding openings in the box.
Rob: Tottenham to Win and Keep a Clean Sheet (+125)
Is the worst attacking side in top-flight football going to score on the best backline in the world? I’m betting not.
It’s going to take one hell of a lucky bounce for Crystal Palace to get behind Sanchez, Vertonghen and likely Dier with Toby sidelined and if they do, I have faith in a suddenly rejuvenated and youthful-looking Hugo Lloris to keep his net empty.
Palace musters maybe two or three shots on goal on Sunday.