Michael Owen predicts Tottenham v Bournemouth, delivers verdict on title race
By Amir Mir
Michael Owen has backed Tottenham to beat Bournemouth in their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon at White Hart Lane.
TV pundit Owen believes Spurs will “fall short” in winning the Premier League title this season as they aim to close the seven-point gap on leaders Chelsea.
For the second consecutive campaign, Mauricio Pochettino has moulded his team into title challengers.
They are on course to finish in the Champions League places for the second consecutive season after finishing third during the previous campaign.
Former England striker Owen expressed his delight at striker Harry Kane returning from injury as he backed the home team to pick up three points.
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“It was great to see Harry Kane back as a second half substitute for Spurs last weekend and it is hard to see past a twelfth successive home win for the north London club in the early kick-off,” Owen told BetVictor.
“If Spurs beat the Cherries they will already have more points (71) this season than they did last term and I like what Mauricio Pochettino is doing at White Hart Lane.
“They are likely to fall just short again this season in the title race, but they will add quality to their already impressive squad in the summer and it would be no surprise if they improved again next term.”
The one positive for Pochettino will be that they play a day before Chelsea, who travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
This will give Tottenham the chance to reduce the gap on the league leaders to four points and pile pressure on their rivals as the season nears its end.
Spurs will have their star striker Kane back in the ranks after he made a substitute appearance against Watford last time out.
Kane has found the back of the net on 19 occasions this term and will be looking to hit the 20 goal mark for the campaign.
He is four goals behind Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku, who is on course to win the golden boot for the season.
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