Tottenham v Huddersfield: Back an easy win for Spurs
Tottenham can keep their top four hopes on track with a comfortable win over Huddersfield, says Dave Tindall...
"This looks a great chance for Spurs to knock a few in."
Tottenham v Huddersfield
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Spurs looking to maintain 100% record
It's been a great start for Tottenham in their new stadium.
After christening it with a 2-0 Premier League success against Crystal Palace, they then held firm to grab a 1-0 first-leg lead over Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
It looks like the wait has all been worthwhile.
With six games to go, Spurs hold on to fourth spot in the table - and are the shortest price of the teams behind Liverpool and Manchester City in Betfair's top four finish market - but there can be no let-up with Arsenal just one back and Manchester United lurking too.
However, this is their easiest task ahead and Tottenham look banker material for Saturday's early kick-off.
Terriers lacking motivation
When Derby were relegated with just 11 points in 2007/8, they lost their last six games and nine of their last 10.
It's hardly a surprise. If a very poor side's fate has already long been sealed, there's very little a manager can say or do.
Huddersfield have just 14 points with five matches to play and I don't expect that meagre tally to rise on Saturday.
The travelling fans will have a good day out at Spurs' stunning new stadium but the team are highly unlikely to add to the experience.
Spurs red-hot favourites
Spurs are [1.23] to bank all three points while Huddersfield trade at [17.5].
The Draw is [7.4].
This isn't a question of whether Spurs will win, it's simply a question of how many so we need to think about a couple of negatives.
An obvious one, on the face of it, is the loss of Harry Kane to injury almost certainly for the rest of the season.
In theory, that could spare Huddersfield from a real spanking.
Secondly, after Saturday's game, Spurs have back-to-back matches at Manchester City - the first in the Champions League on Wednesday and then a third meeting in 11 days when they clash in the Premier League.
Pochettino will want his strongest available team out for the European clash so could make some changes here.
Hosts can cruise
There's a theory - laughed at by some but genuinely believed by others - that Kane's absence gets Spurs playing better as a team. With the main man gone, others step up.
Tottenham's win percentage is actually very similar with or without Kane although their average goals per game does dip.
That said, a relegated Huddersfield are the visitors on Saturday and this looks a great chance for Spurs to knock a few in.
There are various options but, with some new stadium bounce, Tottenham (-2) on the handicap at 17/10 (Sportsbook) looks fair enough.
Same Game Multi
Fernando Llorente doesn't get many starts for Spurs but with those City games on the horizon I expect him to get the nod here.
And, if so, the Spaniard should make his mark.
As a starter, Llorente has scored in two of his last four games while he banged in a hat-trick at Tranmere when named in the starting XI. More recently, he came off the bench to score against Dortmund.
He should get a bunch of chances here so let's head to the Same Game Multi and take Llorente to score in a Spurs win at 2.07.
It's a similar price for Heung-Min Son but there's a fair chance Pochettino will wrap him in cotton wool ahead of the midweek showdown with Man City.
Huddersfield have lost all three of their Premier League meetings with Spurs by an aggregate score of 0-8, with the Terriers landing just nine shots on target.
Dave Tindall's P/L, 2018/19