How much has striker Harry Kane’s injury and Spurs’ subsequent loss to Arsenal on Matchday 23 affecting Tottenham’s odds to win the 2019 Premier League title?
Not as much as you might think.
Tottenham Hotspur had been about a 60-to-1 futures bet to finish atop the table before Kane suffered an ankle injury in a match against United at on Sunday 1/13.
Now, following a gritty 2-1 victory over the “Cottagers” of Fulham, Spurs are at (+8000) or 80-to-1 odds to win the EPL at MyBookie.
Three Lions midfielder Harry Winks scored in extra time to preserve a precious 3 points at Craven Cottage.
Can the club maintain the torrid pace needed to keep up with Liverpool and Manchester City without its superstar striker? Kane’s injury has been given a generous time-estimate of 2 months to heal. Bloggers are urging the team not to panic-buy a player to replace Kane at the front of Mauricio Pochettino’s formations, reasoning that a top-4 finish and another Champions League bid are still easily within grasp. But it may be a much harder row to hoe to catch the 2 front-runners without several weeks’ worth of Kane’s tallies.
Then again Liverpool’s status as the odds-on favorite at (-150) with 60 points (9 more than Spurs’ 51) looks anything but secure after the Reds’ tumultuous 4-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Liverpool fell behind 0-1 at Anfield after a goal from visitor Andros Townsend. Salah scored twice to help rally the hosts to a 3-1 advantage, but CPFC soon struck again, eventually pressuring right-back James Milner into a red card in the 89th minute.
In a touch of comic relief, Milner was sent off the pitch by his old Physical Education teacher, referee Jon Moss.
Tottenham faces an arduous several days of football, facing Crystal Palace in a 4th Round FA Cup fixture this Sunday following the 2nd leg of a surprisingly-intense EFL Cup semifinal with Chelsea. Spurs will return to Wembley for a mid-week Matchday 24 against Watford, while Liverpool faces Leicester City at Anfield.
2nd-place City will likely breeze past Burton and Burnley Football Club in tournament matches before visiting Newcastle at St. James Park next Tuesday.
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