The England international has joined Harry Kane in being ruled out until March but bet365 still expect Spurs to finish in a Champions League spot
Tottenham‘s injury woes deepened as Dele Alli was ruled out of action until March. The 22-year-old strained his hamstring in the 2-1 win over Fulham at the weekend and faces at least six weeks on the side-lines according to the latest reports.
However, their price to finish in the top four has drifted over the last 10 days with the news regarding their key men emerging. bet365 are 2/9 (1.18) about Tottenham finishing in the coveted spots, while it’s 10/3 (4.33) that they finish fifth or lower this term.
That price was as big as 9/2 (5.50) just 10 days ago and while the bookmakers still believe Spurs are in the driving seat, they face a tricky spell without several key players.
Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking options have been severely depleted with Heung-Min Son away on international duty with South Korea and Alli joining Harry Kane on the side-lines.
The absent trio have combined for 27 of Tottenham’s 48 Premier League goals this term – 56.25 per cent of their top flight strikes in the current campaign. If Kane and Alli aren’t fit enough for the North London derby against Arsenal on March 2, that would mean they miss six league matches.
More immediately though, Spurs face a double-header of cup action before their league clash with Watford at Wembley at the end of the month.
bet365 go 4/5 (1.80) that Tottenham qualify for the Carabao Cup final but they were just 1/2 (1.50) in that market immediately after the first leg. Spurs hold a 1-0 advantage heading to Stamford Bridge but the tie has almost become a pick ’em according to the latest odds, such is the impact of the absentees for the visiting side.
It’s another all-Premier League affair for Spurs in the FA Cup as they visit Crystal Palace on Sunday. They’re available at 4/7 (1.57) to qualify from that tie and 7/5 (2.40) to win the match in normal time at Selhurst Park.
Kane, Alli and Son could well be back in first team action by the second leg of Spurs’ Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund, but the two England internationals will miss the first meeting on February 13.