Good morning, happy Tuesday. I was off work yesterday, which was nice, but now today feels like it’s Monday, which isn’t so nice. But a short week is always good and I should feel the difference. Let’s hope it flies in. It seems to be a bit on the quiet side this morning, but we’ll have a look at what’s going on.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane scored last night to give Spurs a 2-0 win at Wembley against Watford. The win more than likely guarantees they’ll finish in the top four, They’re now five points clear of Chelsea, and with just three games to go you would imagine they have it wrapped up. Their fixtures aren’t too bad either so I would be very surprised if they went and lost two of their last three games.
I didn’t see a minute of the game, so I can’t comment on it unfortunately. You might expect me to watch every game because I’m the fella that writes about the Premier League, but I can’t watch football all the time. Other things have to be done as well.
Chelsea could maybe catch Liverpool, but even that is a tall order. Chelsea play Liverpool this weekend, and if they win and win their game in hand, they would be level on points with them. But their goal difference is 17 goals worse. So, Chelsea must win all their games, and then hope Brighton – who are more than likely already safe and will be playing for nothing – go to Anfield and take points from Liverpool. I would be extremely surprised if that happened. If Stoke had have beaten Liverpool on Saturday, things could have been different, but that wasn’t the case.
After yesterday’s story with Roy Hodgson talking about Wilfried Zaha, the man himself has come out and given his take on things. He says he is happy at Palace, and that he is enjoying his football.
“There’s always going to be speculation. I am just trying to keep my head down, play my football,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I am enjoying my football and I am contracted at Palace. I don’t really see myself anywhere [else].”
He added: “I moved away when I was 19, 20, Whatever happened before happened and I have grown mentally.
“So that won’t scare me, if I get the opportunity to move away eventually, that will not scare me because of what happened in the past.
“I feel like I’m a different person and a different player. I am a very ambitious person. I feel like I am a good player.”
Zaha has been brilliant since he returned from injury and really makes a difference to that Palace team. He is one of those players that looks different and better than everybody else as soon as he picks the ball up. He is really good to watch, and it’s good to see him doing well. I’m not sure if he will stay at Palace beyond this summer, because there will definitely be some big clubs after him, but it’s going to take a lot of money to take him away.
Elsewhere, there were reports last night that David Moyes and Andy Carroll had a training ground ‘bust-up’ yesterday, with Carroll being sent home. Carroll was supposedly left furious after not getting off the bench against Man City on Sunday, and walked down the tunnel before full-time. I have read another report which says he went to use the toilet after all three substitutes were used, but who knows.
Carroll hasn’t started a game since January, and is said to be frustrated with the lack of first team minutes he’s being given. If David Moyes is to stay on as manager of West Ham for another season, we may well see Carroll leave in the summer.
There doesn’t seem to be too much else going on, to be honest. It’s fairly quiet at the minute. Tomorrow will be busier, because there will be build-up to Liverpool’s game against Roma, while Arsenal play on Thursday and then there’s always something to talk about on Friday with the weekend’s football being close. Brighton host Man Utd on Friday, so I’ll be looking at that as well.
I wanted to have a look at the relegation battle again at some stage this week, but I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance now. I probably should have went with that today, but it’s too late to go back now unfortunately. Maybe I can squeeze it in one of the days.
Anyway, that’s about it from me for this morning. I hope you have a good Tuesday. Drop back in tomorrow for a preview of Liverpool’s game in Italy, and keep an eye on Twitter throughout the day for any news. Have a good one.