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EPL Betting Preview: Tottenham

by Kenny Ducey
Updated On: August 5, 2022, 5:10 pm ET

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The 2021-22 season started unceremoniously for Spurs, but after Antonio Conte took over during the season everything changed.

Tottenham would go uneaten in its first eight games under Conte, rising up the table and finishing in the top four to guarantee itself a return to the Champions League. After a couple of splashes during the transfer window, Spurs will have their sights set on the very top of the league.

With so many other exciting additions to some of the league's top teams, Tottenham will be up against it, but it proved last year that as long as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.

Odds To Win The Premier League +1200

While my confidence in Spurs is pretty high entering the season, one has to be realistic. Manchester City and Liverpool were virtually unstoppable in 2021-22, and while City lost Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus it brought in one of the world's best strikers in Haaland. Liverpool replaced Sadio Mané with Darwin Nunez, and should be just as dangerous this go around. Tottenham, at best, is likely a third or second-place finisher. 

Odds To Finish Top 4 -150

This is a much more realistic bet to make, and I'd argue that the price here is a little bit too short. Dejan Kulusevski was a revelation for Spurs after coming over on loan from Juventus last year, helping put the ball in dangerous positions for Tottenham's superb front line. A full season of Kulusevski with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son is a mouth-watering proposition.

Kane, as we'll get to, dealt with injury yet again last season. The Song remains the same — if he can stay on the field for a full season, Spurs are easily one of the top four teams in the Premier League.

Richarlison adds yet another weapon on attack for this excellent offense after coming over from Everton, and should work as an insurance policy of sorts should one of Son or Kane miss time. His goal-scoring prowess will be incredibly useful.

Then, there's Yves Bissouma, a 25-year-old who comes over after a solid season at Brighton. Together with Kulusevski, the additions have this roster looking a heck of a lot better than it was a season ago and helps ease the pain of the loss of Steven Bergwijn.

Chelsea did bring in Raheem Sterling, but after a topsy-turvy season where complacency set in by the spring, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Spurs overtake the Blues. I'd also argue that they're better than Manchester United, Arsenal and certainly West Ham, making a top-three finish seem probable and a top-four finish a very comfortable bet.

Harry Kane To Win The Golden Boot +500

Kane was 16th in 90s played last season and first in that category among the top 13 goal-scorers in the league. While he did deal with some injuries last year, he managed to stay on the pitch for 37 matches, making 36 starts. It's obvious that Spurs lean on him more than anyone, and they lean on him arguably more than any team in the top six leans on one player.

With that said, the opportunities will be there, and Kane is coming off a season where he finished fourth in the race for the Golden Boot. I like his chances a lot this season, considering he's set to play over 30 matches alongside Kulusevski, who I truly believe is a big-time impact performer and will unlock the full potential of this Spurs offense. With that, I do like Kane here even though his teammate Son was tied for the most goals last season.

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Kenny Ducey

Kenny Ducey is a former member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, writing and editing for Sports Illustrated and Baseball Prospectus. His work also appears at DraftKings and The Action Network. Follow him on Twitter @KennyDucey.