2018 Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview
It has been a disappointing summer for those Tottenham Hotspur fans who were expecting activity by their beloved club in the recently closed transfer window.
Mauricio Pochettino wasn't convinced enough that he must spend and as a result Spurs have become the first club in Premier League history to not make a single signing in a summer transfer window.
The disappointment among the Tottenham Hotspur supporters has grown just a few days ago when it was
officially announced that there will be a delay in opening their new stadium. The delay is described as “unavoidable” because they could not “compromise safety”. Tottenham have apologized to the fans for that and have offered supporters full refunds for the “inconvenience”.
However, we don't believe that exactly money spent on tickets is the main source of disappointment right here. In fact, Spurs were expected to play their first game at the new “Tottenham Hotspur Stadium” on 15 September against Liverpool, but that match has been switched to “Wembley”. They have also moved their following home game – against Cardiff City on 6 October – to the national stadium.
The venue for the club's Premier League game against Manchester City on 28 October is yet to be confirmed.
Also, being one of England's representatives in the UEFA Champions League, at least one of their group stage fixtures will be affected depending on the draw, which is scheduled to take place in Monaco on 30 August.
Last season Tottenham Hotspur finished third in the Premier League, twenty-three points behind champions Manchester City. This was an acceptable finish but let's be honest – Spurs have an excellent manager and some world class players, and their fans are surely dreaming of winning the league. If not the EPL, another trophy at least, because the North London club is trophyless since the 2007-08 season when they have won the League Cup.
Looking back at Tottenham's 2007-08 squad, manager Juande Ramos has had some brilliant players and we can easily recognize the likes of Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov. Although Spurs were ranked 11th in the Premier League back then, their League Cup final success over London rivals Chelsea remains a memorable day.
Preseason Changes and Summer Transfers
Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham definitely has class and quality throughout his side. With individualities like captain and France's World Cup-winning keeper Hugo Lloris to those such as Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, who figured prominently for England at the World Cup – and much more with the class of players such as Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.
Nevertheless, Tottenham fans were craving the arrival of a new quality player over the summer to provide that big moment and some excitement.
Pochettino was right to point to the positives of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane recently signing new long-term deals, and with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both in talks over new contracts, it looks like two more key players will be sticking around as well.
But Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, and Mousa Dembele are still being mentioned as available to move elsewhere in Europe this month. Anyway, losing any more than one of the aforementioned trio would be a massive blow for Spurs, because it would seriously affect the depth of their squad. Their squad is simply not strong enough to allow those three just to walk out of the door having not brought in anyone else.
Furthermore, we shouldn't forget that Son Heung-min is on international duty with the South Korea team in this year's Asian Games. That's a chance for Son to exempt himself from compulsory military service in his homeland. South Korean men are required by law to start participating in military service by the age of 27, typically for a duration of 21 months. Since Son is 26 years old, he would have to enroll in the army within the next year, if he fails to win the gold at the 2018 Asian Games soccer tournament in Indonesia.
On the other hand, we have to remember Spurs brought in Lucas Moura from French champions PSG for £23m in January. Moura was not used as much we thought he would be last season, but he has had a very good preseason and started in last Saturday's 2-1 victory over Newcastle. He will be like a brand new signing, and people expect to see a lot more of the Brazil winger.
Impressions after Tottenham’s opening 2-1 win in Newcastle
Spurs opened their Premier League campaign with a victory at Newcastle for the second year running as goalline technology set them on their way. It was the second season in a row that Tottenham had won their opening fixture in the English North East, with Dele Alli scoring on both occasions.
Other clubs at the Premier League top have all strengthened their squads, while Spurs became the first Premier League club to not make a summer signing since the current transfer window system was adopted in 2003.
In an extremely busy summer when nine first-choice players had a virtually non-existent preseason, after reaching the knockout phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Pochettino was forced to field six of them against The Magpies. It worked out well, thankfully.
Worryingly for Tottenham, Harry Kane's August Premier League goal drought continued into a 14th match that spans 988 minutes of action. In a largely anonymous display, the England captain managed just four touches in the Newcastle penalty area but Pochettino said it was of no concern.
Apart from his early goal, that opened the scoreline in Newcastle, Belgian center-back Jan Vertonghen was stable in defense and was deservedly chosen as Man of the Match.
In general, Tottenham of Mauricio Pochettino will most likely offer us the same soccer we've seen in the past few years. However, it was an important victory at the very beginning of the race, in an inhospitable stadium, where some of the other top four contenders will probably drop points later in the season.
Betting on Tottenham Hotspur
Although they are now recognized as one of the top Premier League sides, Tottenham will hardly find enough consistency in a long and usually grueling campaign while playing on several different fronts. Not saying they don't have enough quality in all zones, but the lack of bringing in fresh feet in the squad can be crucial at the end.
Spurs will have to rely on their ace Harry Kane for the big games, as the experienced Spaniard Fernando Llorente fails to impress since joining the North London outfit last August. Llorente has scored one goal only in 16 Premier League appearances last season, so Pochettino probably prays to have his best striker fit throughout the campaign.
We expect stronger and more organized Chelsea this year, while the other three clubs (Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool) which finished in top four last season simply can't be ruled out from the top spot contention. Meanwhile, Tottenham's North London rival Arsenal remains a mystery but one is sure – Unai Emery will need some time to settle in.
All this makes Tottenham the main favorite to drop out of top four at Chelsea's expense, but we certainly find enough quality in Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino is admittedly one of the top managers, not only in the Premier League, right now.
Tottenham have found themselves in top three in each of the last three EPL seasons and our friends from Bookmaker offer odds -145 if you think that Spurs will maintain their top four status at the end of the 2018-19 season. Those of you who think they can take the next step and win the league can place their bets on really tempting odds of +1800.
Potential Starting Lineup of Tottenham Hotspur for the 2018-19 Premier League Season: Hugo Lloris – Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies – Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele – Son Heung-min, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)