The 2020 campaign is underway, Spurs are looking okayish, and Mourinho still isn’t the formidable manager he was pre-Manchester United. Predicting what the future holds is entertaining, but it isn’t half hard work. Instead, you’re better off leaving it to the experts – sport betting companies. They’ve been there over the years and seen it all. So, what do they have to say about The Lilywhites?
Tottenham Are in it for the Long Haul
If you have already written Spurs off this season, you might want to hold your horses. While the beginning has been a mixed bag, to say the least, the betting companies seem quietly confident about Tottenham’s chances for a relatively successful year. Mourinho’s men are fifth-favourites for the FA Cup and second-favourites for the English Football League Cup (EFL). However, betting on the English Premier League might surprise some as Spurs are ranked third, behind only Manchester City and Liverpool.
As always, they are the two to beat, yet they are far from their imperious best after slow starts, culminating in Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa and City’s 5-2 loss to Leicester. Liverpool have also lost Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season, which is a huge blow. It might be small, but there’s hope Tottenham can do the unthinkable in the most unpredictable of years. Plus, there’s the consolation of finishing in the top four.
There Will Be Lots of Goals
Well, at least the games will be entertaining to watch. Of the ten highest-ranked players for the Premier League’s top goalscorer competition in 2020, two are part of Spurs’ squad. The only other team who can boast this is Liverpool, a club that have banged in the goals in recent years, averaging more than two per game under Jürgen Klopp. With Kane and Heung-Min Son, Mourinho has forwards that strike fear into the opposing squads’ hearts, and the bookmakers agree. It’s not hard to see why Kane and Son have managed over 20 goals and assists between them in 2020/21. Hold on to your hats.
Bale Could Be a Mistake
At over 100/1 to be top goal scorer, the bookies don’t think he’s bringing goals. Add this to the fact that he’s earning a reported £600,000 a week at White Hart Lane, as well as being a thirty-one-year-old who has spent the better part of the last three seasons on Real Madrid’s bench, and you understand the bookies’ thinking. However, something Spurs’ fans around the world will tell you is; they don’t care.
It could be the biggest mistake in the club’s history, ruining the chemistry between Son and Kane and depleting the coffers in the process. Still, it’s just good to have a legend back.
There are no guarantees, but the sports betting markets seem confident there will be goals, and if the top two trips up, Tottenham will be around to pounce. Here’s to hoping!