London - Stoke City striker Peter Crouch may want Tottenham
Hotspur to win the Premier League but insists he will have no qualms about
derailing his former club's title bid when the two teams meet at the Britannia
Stadium on Monday.
Victory for second-placed Spurs will see them close to
within five points of leaders Leicester City with just four games of the season
Former England striker Crouch understands why Leicester,
5,000/1 rank outsiders to lift the Premier League trophy before the season
started, are now the team most neutral fans would love to see crowned champions
But the giant forward has a special affection for Spurs, who
haven't won the English title since 1961, after spending two seasons with the
north London club before joining the Potters.
However, the 35-year-old Crouch was adamant that what
mattered most to him in football terms right now was helping Stoke bounce back
from last week's 4-1 defeat by Liverpool, another of his former clubs, where he
made his first start since February 2.
"I would love to see Tottenham win the Premier
League," Crouch told #pottersmag.
"Obviously it would be incredible if Leicester were to
do it too for so many reasons, but for me, having spent a good period of my
career at White Hart Lane, I would like Spurs to nick it.
"First and foremost though we have to try and get the
three points to get ourselves back on track following our defeat at
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Tottenham maintained their title bid with an impressive 3-0
win over Manchester United last time out and manager Mauricio Pochettino,
speaking before Leicester's 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Sunday, said:
"We got 3-0 against United and the belief again for all the week to
prepare for Stoke."
Manchester City will continue their push for a Champions
League place at Newcastle United on Tuesday, in a match where a win for the
hosts will see Rafael Benitez's side climb out of the bottom three following
last weekend's 3-0 win over Swansea.
Wednesday sees all four FA Cup semi-finalists in action
ahead of their knockout games at Wembley this weekend.
Everton players will find it tough to go easy in a
Merseyside derby at Anfield that precedes their Cup clash with Manchester
United, who continue their quest for a Champions League place at home to fellow
Cup semi-finalists Crystal Palace.
Palace face Watford in the last four of the FA Cup, with the
Hornets away to West Ham on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Arsenal will try to repair the "mental
damage" manager Arsene Wenger said was done to their hopes of a top-four
finish by a 1-1 draw at home to Palace when they face West Bromwich Albion at
the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.For
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