Michael Owen has tipped Tottenham to defeat Norwich on the final day of the Premier League season.
Spurs enter today’s clash at Carrow Road knowing that a draw will effectively be enough to see them qualify for next season’s Champions League after Arsenal slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United last Monday night (BBC Sport).
Suggestions of food poisoning within the Spurs camp prior to the trip to Norwich have been quelled by those within the club and Harry Kane was in training yesterday ahead of the match (Football.London).
For Spurs to slip out of the top four, they would have to lose to Norwich, whilst Arsenal would need three points at home to Everton in order to leapfrog their North London rivals.
Michael Owen has weighed in on the race for Champions League qualification and has backed both clubs to win their matches on the final day. Speaking to BetVictor, Owen predicted a comfortable 2-0 win for Conte’s men.
He said: “Norwich got a decent point away at Wolves last week, but obviously it’s too late to mean anything. I do think this side is better than what they have shown, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they come straight back up to the Premier League next season.
“What a turnaround this has been for Spurs. Top four is now in their hands, surely they won’t let this slip. Conte and these players deserve a lot of credit, they’ve shown a lot of improvement as this season has gone on.
“Even a draw would likely be enough for Spurs, but I can only see them winning. 2-0 to Spurs.”
The former striker also backed Arsenal to bounce back from their disappointing display on Tyneside with a 2-1 victory over Everton.
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Whilst Owen may not be the fountain of all footballing knowledge, it is hard to see a scenario where Spurs go to Norwich and fail to cause the Canaries damage.
Conte will be drilling into his players the importance of staying focused and avoiding complacency in this week’s training and I expect them to be fired up with what is at stake.
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