Giovani Lo Celso to score first at 14/1 - Jones Knows betting column
"Lo Celso was Spurs' best player on Wednesday, undertaking a more advanced role where he dovetailed with Dele Alli in a false nine/No 10 position. Back him to score."
Last Updated: 06/03/20 7:39pm
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1pt on Giovani Lo Celso to score first vs Burnley (14/1 with Sky Bet) & 1pt on Lo Celso to have two or more shots on target vs Burnley (11/2 with Sky Bet)
When the awards are given out at the end of the season, Giovani Lo Celso is likely to clear up at the Tottenham ceremony.
That says a lot for Spurs' stodgy season, considering Lo Celso had only played a full 90 minutes once before January.
When Jose Mourinho took the reins it was not obvious how the creative playmaker would slot into a Mourinho team, yet, he's quickly become an integral player in the set up, playing in 15 of Tottenham's last 16 fixtures in all competitions. His performances have quickly made him a fans' favourite.
Amazingly, he's yet to record an assist or score in the Premier League but that should change in the coming weeks - with the goal drought hopefully ending this weekend against Burnley, live on Sky Sports at 5:30.
The thinking behind investing in his chances is around the likelihood of Mourinho playing him much higher up the pitch at the weekend rather than in his usual position in central midfield.
Mourinho is already without Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane for the Turf Moor trip while the Spurs boss has fresh injury concerns over two more players after Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn were forced off in the midweek penalty shootout defeat to Norwich. Lo Celso was Spurs' best player on Wednesday, undertaking a more advanced role where he dovetailed with Dele Alli in a false nine/No 10 position.
With the current injury issues, it's near certain that Lo Celso will be given a chance to showcase his talents in the exact same role again on Saturday.
Mourinho has said: "With his quality, with his personality, I think now [Lo Celso] can play everywhere. Everywhere. He can play number 10, number 8, double midfield player with Winks. He can play on the right side, on the left. He can play everywhere. I am so, so happy with him."
Against Norwich he found himself in more dangerous areas of the pitch, missing two great chances over the 120 minutes and generally being at the heart of the inventive play Spurs put together.
I'm desperate to get with him to have an influential performance this weekend. Spurs will see plenty of the ball in forward areas due to Burnley's liking for defending deep. So, the 14/1 for him to score first is certainly worth a tickle as are the chances of him registering two or more shots on target at 11/2.
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