Michael Owen believes Tottenham Hotspur will ease to a much-needed win over Cardiff at Wembley on Saturday.
Spurs will be hoping to bounce back from a mid-week loss to FC Barcelona in the Champions League with a resounding win over the Premier League’s 19th-placed club.
Indeed, Tottenham struggled to contain Lionel Messi, who produced a magical performance to help the La Liga champions ease to a comfortable 4-2 win over Spurs.
While Messi lit up Wembley mid-week, Spurs will be relieved to be facing a Cardiff side that have only scored four times in seven games in the Premier League this term.
The north London side will be eager to cement their position in the top four given their bitter rivals Arsenal have won their last five Premier League games to put pressure on Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Tottenham are unbeaten in seven meetings with the Welsh side following five victories and two draws to make the Lilywhites clear favourites to win this fixture.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen doesn’t envisage any mishaps for Tottenham at home to the promoted side at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
“Spurs were due to entertain Barcelona midweek and may have to fight against complacency when Cardiff visit Wembley at the weekend,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Cardiff are without a win so far this season in eight games including seven PL matches and it is hard to make a case for them against Spurs as long as the hosts don’t take their eye off the ball.
“Harry Kane has scored against 26 of the 27 different sides he’s faced in the Premier League and the only side he has yet to find the back of the net against is Cardiff although he only played 16 minutes against them as a substitute back in the 2013-14 season.”
Tottenham have the chance to set a new record by claiming 18 points from their opening eight games if Spurs manage to beat Neil Warnock’s side this weekend.
Spurs are in a promising position in the Premier League despite a 2-1 loss to Liverpool FC and a 3-1 defeat by Watford to undermine an otherwise strong start to the season.
Pochettino will be without Belgium international Jan Vertonghen for the visit of the promoted side after the experienced centre-half suffered a hamstring problem.
Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele were all absent for Tottenham’s 4-2 loss to FC Barcelona in the Champions League mid-week and aren’t expected to return for the Bluebirds’ visit.
Cardiff can take some encouragement given Tottenham have failed to win their last three games at home following losses to Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona and Watford in the League Cup.
Spurs were the only team in Europe to fail to sign an outfield player in the 2018 summer transfer window.
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