Liverpool’s Kane warning, Arsenal tightrope, Everton’s home comforts – PL Talking Points
The two teams vying for the title cruised relatively safely through another untouchable round of Premier League fixtures while the north London rivals battling for third and fourth were a little less convincing but no more damaged in keeping up their own pace. Those two worlds collide next week when Tottenham travel to Liverpool, a game Manchester City and Arsenal will be watching with great interest. Everton, meanwhile, will have their focus very much closer to home. It’s just a shame their match isn’t closer to home next week. Express Sport’s Matthew Dunn looks at the latest talking points.
LIVERPOOL ENTERING A KANE-STORM
It used to be August but it was looking like April was to become the month Harry Kane could not find the back of the net. But just as it looked like Tottenham might have to sound their own May Day in a bid to find him, he turned up right on time with the opening goal against Leicester.
Or wrong on time if you are Liverpool. Kane remains very much the form player, and this season, if he did not score in the previous Premier League match, there has been a 70 per cent chance of him failing to net in the next one.
On the flip side, coming into a game on the back of a goal, he is as likely as not to score again – food for thought as he heads to Anfield to face a side he almost single-handedly stopped in their tracks in the 2-2 at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
In the build-up to the 2019 Champions League final, injury robbed Spurs of the England captain. But in the last four seasons he has completed fully, Kane has scored 19 goals in the final four fixtures. Burnley and Norwich may expect to cop for a few in the final two fixtures, but one or two on Saturday could play a big part in two neck-and-neck races.
HOME COMFORTS FOR EVERTON NOT ENOUGH
Frank Lampard was understandably gushing after the win at Goodison against Chelsea. “If it doesn’t give you goosebumps, if it doesn’t get you ready to go out and give everything, then there is something wrong with you, you shouldn’t be playing the game,” he said.
Even the ’12th man’ cliche was wheeled out. That advantage may well work again in the games against Brentford and Crystal Palace: two wins that would take Everton to 38 points, enough to see off Watford.
Resurgent Burnley are worth a win and a draw in the final four games – maybe enough with their superior goal difference. And Leeds’ points per game record under Jesse Marsch would edge them nearer to the 40-point mark.
Everton need something from the road, where they have not won since August. Certainly something more than travel sickness.
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