BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgCRYSTAL PALACEVS ASTON VILLAAston Villa won five away games in the Barclays Premier League last season, including the 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park. Yet they beat AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on the season’s opening day and must decide whether to give a first start to new striker Rudy Gestede. Palace miss Fraizer Campbell while Villa are without Gary Gardner, Chris Herd and Jack Grealish.LEICESTER VS TOTTENHAMLeicester City have a 100 per cent record from two games, their best start to a top-flight season for 88 years. A third win would represent their best ever start at this level. Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, have yet to win this season but they have beaten Leicester on their last two visits.NORWICH CITYVS STOKE CITYNorwich have never lost at home to the Potters in the Barclays Premier League, winning one and drawing two. Stoke last won at Carrow Road in March 2008, in the Championship, while they have never won there in the top flight, in 24 attempts. Overall, Stoke have won just three, lost 12 and drawn nine.SUNDERLAND VS SWANSEA CITYSunderland failed to win in their last three Barclays Premier League last term and have started as they finished, losing both games and conceding seven goals in the process – their worst top-flight start for 10 years, when they lost their first five. Swansea have failed to score in three of their four Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light.WEST HAM VS BOURNEMOUTHIn five games in all competitions Bournemouth have never beaten West Ham, drawing two and losing three. Three home games have seen the Hammers win all three and scoring nine goals. Bournemouth have lost their first two in the Barclays Premier League, their worst start at any level since 2001. They last lost their first three in 1994 (they actually lost their first seven in the old Second Division).WATFORD VS SOUTHAMPTONOver recent years these teams have been more used to meeting in the lower leagues; this is their first clash in the Premier League since April 2000 when Saints won 2-0 at home, while Watford, who have opened this Barclays Premier League season with successive draws, won 3-2 at Vicarage Road that season.last_img read more

‘He needs help!’ Pochettino urges Tottenham to take the pressure off struggling star

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed “a perfect week” for Tottenham after victory over Crystal Palace, but believes Harry Kane needs help to rediscover his goal scoring touch.Speaking to talkSPORT after our live commentary match at White Hart Lane, with Kane’s barren spell now two goals in 14 Premier League games, Pochettino said: “We need to help [Kane], to take away the pressure, not to say it’s 14 [games], 15.“I think Harry is calm, he works really hard in training, to try to score again. I have no doubt he will start to score again.”Aside from Kane, Pochettino praised Tottenham’s endeavour following the Europa League match against Qarabag on Thursday night.“I am happy with the performance and the effort, because it’s always difficult after the Europa League to play again and show the effort we made today.”‘FINALLY TOTTENHAM HAVE SIGNED A TOP PLAYER FOR TOP MONEY’ – SEE HOW SPURS FANS ASSESSED THE 1-0 WIN OVER PALACElast_img read more