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Tottenham’s faint hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League were dashed in an emphatic 3-1 defeat to Leeds at Elland Road, but they will be aiming to finish the season with a flourish in Ryan Mason’s final three games in charge.
Spurs have played five teams in the bottom half in their last six home league games. They have scored 16 goals in those five games. Their front three of Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, and Gareth Bale seem to really flourish against the lesser sides in the league – especially when the pressure is off.
Bale, Son, and Kane have scored 15 of those 16 goals and have the potential to run the Wolves defence ragged. Wolves have conceded 10 in their last six, including four against Burnley and three against West Ham, and it’s hard to see them keeping that front three quiet. That means there should be plenty of goals in what is almost a meaningless game.
At the other end, Spurs do not inspire confidence and there is no guarantee that they will keep a clean sheet against a Wolves outfit that has found the back of the net in their last six games.
Sunday 14:05 – Tottenham v Wolves
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Spurs could do with a win to ensure that they aren’t overtaken by Everton and Arsenal below them. Their home record has been reasonably good in recent months, especially against teams in the lower half of the table. They’ve won five of their last six home league games, only losing to a Manchester United side that has not lost on the road this season.
All five of those home victories came against teams in the bottom seven of the table, and they boast a record of six wins and two draws from their eight home games against sides in the bottom 10. They take on a Wolves team that has been on autopilot for several months and Spurs, who have scored four in three of their last five home games against the bottom 10, should have little problems taking three points on Sunday evening.
To their credit, Wolves have won three of their last five games, but those wins came against Fulham and Sheffield United – who were both plummeting to the Championship – and Brighton, who played with 10 men for more than 40 minutes.
They were ripped apart by Burnley at home in that five-game spell. They have absolutely nothing to play for and Spurs must take full advantage.
Mohamed Salah drew level with Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot when he sealed Liverpool’s win at Old Trafford on Thursday so expect Kane to be raring to go against Wolves.
Kane hasn’t scored in his last two appearances and will have been disappointed not to have found the back of the net against basement side Sheffield United in a routine 4-0 win.
He will be desperate to secure his third Premier League top-scorer prize and a home fixture against Wolves represents the best opportunity to establish some daylight between himself and Salah. The England forward has scored first on seven occasions for Spurs this season and is a good bet to do so again on Sunday evening.
Spurs, meanwhile, will be confident of knocking three past a Wolves side that has already shipped more goals than it has in its previous two seasons in the Premier League. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have conceded three or more goals on eight occasions – a rate of one in four games – and Spurs have the armoury upfront to make that nine.
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