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Premier League: Spurs simply must top the Hatters

Tottenham remain right in the mix for a top-four finish in the Premier League and will aim to boost their chances by seeing off a Luton Town who arrive on the back of having moved out of the relegation zone.

The Hatters moved up a place to 17th after Nottingham Forest were deducted four points, but they head to the capital on the back of a run of nine league games without a win.

Spurs, meanwhile, need to respond to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Fulham on their last outing before the international break brought a halt to domestic competition.

What: Tottenham Hotspur v Luton Town
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
When: 02:00, Sunday 31st March 2024
How to watch: Optus Sport
Odds: Tottenham 1.20, Draw 8.00, Luton 11.00

Tough run-in means mistakes could be costly

Spurs put in a limp display last time out as they were well beaten at Craven Cottage and they cannot afford a repeat of that performance.

That loss came as a big shock following an outstanding 4-0 victory at top-four rivals Aston Villa in their previous game.

Head coach Ange Postecoglou will know only too well that further dips in performance levels could prove to be very costly, with a tough run-in including games against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

And the Aussie will be hoping that key Dutch defender Micky van de Ven is fit to return after missing the loss to the Cottagers due to a thigh problem, although, Ryan Sessegnon, Fraser Forster and Manor Solomon remain sidelined for the Lilywhites.

Van de Ven was the matchwinner when these two sides met at Kenilworth Road back in early October, with Spurs having to play the whole of the second half with ten men after Yves Bissouma was sent off.

The former Wolfsburg centre-back prodded home from close range after good work from James Maddison and the Londoners are 15.00 to edge a 1-0 again in the early hours of Sunday morning, while they are 2.37 to keep a clean sheet.

Spurs have blanked their opponents just once in their last 11 Premier League games, so 1.61 for both team scores at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is no great surprise.

Hatters receive major boost

Points deductions handed out to both Everton and now Forest have certainly boosted Luton’s hopes of avoiding the drop straight back down to the Championship, but nine games without a win has to be a big worry for boss Rob Edwards.

His Town side - 2.20 not to be relegated - continue to be lively going forward and have found the net in every one of the matches in their winless run, but at the other end they have conceded 28 times in the same period.

A 4-3 loss at Bournemouth in which they threw away a three-goal lead could ultimately prove to be crucial, but Edwards will want to see his players use their lifting out of the bottom three as motivation for a big performance on Sunday,

He has a number of injury problems to deal with, with the latest seeing Chiedozie Ogbene miss the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 friendly loss to Switzerland due to a knock.

Elijah Adebayo (thigh) and Jacob Brown (knee) remain sidelined, while both Marvelous Nakamba and Amari'i Bell are unlikely to feature again this season.

However, Edwards will hope to have Gabriel Osho, Alfie Doughty and Albert-Mboyo Sambi Lokonga available for the trip to the capital, where the Hatters are 4.50 to succumb to a two-goal defeat.

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