With the pressure off, Spurs can end their season by scoring a comprehensive victory over Leicester at Wembley on Sunday, says Dave Tindall...
"With the memory of last season when Spurs scored 13 goals in their final two matches once Champions League qualification had been achieved, I'll have a play on Tottenham (-3) at 11/2."
Tottenham v Leicester
Job done for Spurs
After the FA Cup exit to Man Utd and late defeat to West Brom last weekend, some Spurs fans were thinking the worst but a tense 1-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday night means they'll be playing Champions League football again next season.
That achievement shouldn't be underestimated in the current Premier League climate, especially as Spurs had to contend with moving home grounds this season.
In the last campaign, Spurs amassed 53 points at White Hart Lane; at Wembley they've taken 40 with one game remaining.
However, six wins there in the last seven Premier League matches - the defeat to champions Man City the only blemish - shows that they're still a formidable opponent for visiting teams.
Foxes have underachieved
Leicester halted a run of four defeats and a loss with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday evening.
That was a welcome relief for Claude Puel although Arsenal haven't taken a point on the road in 2018 so it needs some context.
Leicester had previously failed to score in three games whilst suffering a 5-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace in that run.
They'll finish ninth at worst although defeat here will mean a haul of just 47 points this season. That's three more than the previous campaign although 34 less than the magical title season.
If 2016/17 felt like a natural reaction to their extraordinary high, this one smacks more of genuine underachievement.
Tottenham were a shorter price to beat Newcastle when the pressure was really on so, given the comparison, the [1.33] here seems more palatable.
Leicester are [9.8] to complete a North London team double after beating Arsenal while The Draw is [6.0].
Spurs hammered the Foxes 6-1 on the penultimate day of the previous campaign although Leicester did win 2-1 at the King Power in November and haven't lost this fixture for a couple of seasons.
If the basic match odds don't appeal, there could be scope in backing Spurs to win this by a bunch.
Leicester upped recent efforts to beat Arsenal and end their season at the King Power on a high but it's to see them being mentally on the beach for this one.
Therefore, with the memory of last season when Spurs scored 13 goals in their final two matches once Champions League qualification had been achieved, I'll have a play on Tottenham (-3) at 11/2.
For Luis Suarez against Norwich, read Harry Kane v Leicester.
The England striker has bagged two hat-tricks against the East Midlanders and plundered nine goals in total when facing those blue shirts.
He's not been at his very best since coming back from injury but has netted crucial strikes in the last two homes games (Watford and Newcastle).
Kane goes into this one with 28 PL goals to his name but still three behind Mo Salah.
It's going over old ground to say how much he wants to win the Golden Boot again and, with nothing really to play for, it's easy to see his team-mates trying to set him up at every available opportunity.
The 2/5 anytime is pretty horrid though but there is scope for jumping to 21/10 for two or more, or even the hat-trick at 15/2.
I'll keep it simple though and go first scorer at 2/1. He's got the opener 12 times for Spurs this season and achieved it twice in his last five starts.
Given the context, I'm happy to play it again.
Craig Pawson is hopefully a good omen for our handicap bet as the last time he played Wembley, the South Yorkshire official oversaw a 4-0 Spurs win over Everton.
He's flashed 107 yellows and four reds in his 32 matches this season although has only gone over his average of 3.34 bookings once in the last six games.
Against no side has Harry Kane scored more Premier League goals than he has versus Leicester City (9, level with Stoke).
Dave Tindall's P/L, 2017/18