Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Can Tottenham Hotspur Finally Win the Premier League Title?

You have to go all the way back to 1961 for the last time a Tottenham Hotspur side lifted the English title but that could change in the near future. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have been there or thereabouts in each of the last two years and it might be third time lucky if the club are astute in the transfer market this summer.

Source: Tottenham Hotspur via Facebook

Arsenal fans have revelled in Tottenham’s misery in recent years but Spurs are now arguably much more suited to challenge for the title than their north London rivals. Pochettino’s men finished 11 points clear of the Gunners last season; securing second spot whilst Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Arsene Wenger.

In Harry Kane, they have the best striker in the Premier League and Spurs supporters will be expecting another huge campaign from the England man. He may be just 23 years old but Kane already has two Golden Boot accolades to his name and the Tottenham star will need to be at his brilliant best for the entire campaign if Pochettino’s men are to compete.
The Kane-Dele Alli combination was lethal last season and Tottenham will be right up there with the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool if they continue in the same vein. The England duo linked up on numerous occasions to inspire Spurs to victory and supporters will be hoping that they can improve further this time around.

But of course, winning the title isn’t just about scoring goals – it is about preventing them. On paper, Spurs have the best defensive unit in the Premier League and it would take a brave man to back against the north London side if Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen stay fit. Spurs fans will want Kyle Walker to stay but Kieran Trippier is more than capable of slotting into the side.

Unfortunately, Spurs will have to end their Wembley Stadium hoodoo if they are to stand any chance of winning the Premier League crown next season. Tottenham failed to inspire confidence at the home of English football when playing European fixtures there last season and Pochettino’s side will play all of their games there whilst the White Hart Lane development is ongoing.

Winning the opening home fixture of the campaign against Chelsea could spur Tottenham on to push for the English crown. An early victory over the current holders should give Spurs a confidence boost ahead of what could be a memorable season.

As of July 11th, the north London outfit are available at 9/1 in bet365’s football betting odds and bettors will be confident that Spurs can do the business. This is Tottenham’s time to shine. You’d find it difficult to recall a Spurs side that boasts so much quality and Pochettino is the man to take the north London outfit back to the top of English football. Arsenal fans, enjoy your mocking while you can – Tottenham are serious contenders this year.

Friday, 21 July 2017

England absolutely hump Scotland except women

It's Euro 2017, the women's version, which is the same as the men's but with women... instead of men. And if you or anyone you know suggests that it isn't absolutely brilliant, top notch stuff then you are a sexist of unimaginable horror.

Exceptions can legitimately be when watching Scotland, who are absolutely horse at football regardless of gender.

This goal, England's fourth, was a veritable peach. A goal for all women's football. Clever movement, a Hollywood pass and a lovely little finish over the keeper. But now we must talk about the goalkeeper.

Scotland Goalkeeper (actual name) is very small. She is also shit. If you were to ask me for a football betting offer, I would tell you that should you place money that you own on Scotland conceding goals every time she plays, you would make some money. And isn't that the point of football anyway? To bet on everything. You can't just enjoy the game and watch the drama that unfolds - oh god no. Now it is law to watch the beautiful game and risk your house on it.

What's that little Timmy? You need surgery and it's going to cost money? Well I'm very sorry but I really thought Curtis Davies was going to score a hat-trick before the 38th minute in a friendly against Rotherham. I just had a feeling. Sorry about your surgery but I think you'll find the afterlife very pleasant at this time of year. And if you don't die then you can watch Scotland play football and wish that you had.

Perhaps this Euro 2017 tournament will be the one to thrust women's football into your hearts and eyes, and if it is, that means there is yet another summer tournament of football to allow adverts to encourage you to 'have a bang on that' until the day you wake up on some bin bags behind a nightclub which used to be a church, regretting your decisions.