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Premier League review: Testing times ahead for Tottenham

Antonio Conte launched a scathing attack on the Tottenham owners and claimed his players were "selfish" after the 3-3 draw at Southampton on Saturday.

Tottenham were heading for a routine victory over rock-bottom Southampton at St Mary's after taking a 3-1 lead with just over 15 minutes left to play.

However, strikes from former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Saints captain James Ward-Prowse saw the game end 3-3 on the south coast.

Elsewhere, Leeds gave their survival hopes a massive shot in the arm as they sealed a 4-2 win at relegation rivals Wolves.

Everton earned a potentially crucial point at Chelsea and Newcastle strengthened their claim for a top-four spot courtesy of a win at Nottingham Forest.

Aston Villa extended their unbeaten streak to four with a 3-0 victory at home to Bournemouth, while Brentford's European hopes took a hit as they were held to a draw at home to Leicester.

On Sunday, Arsenal moved eight points clear of Manchester City at the summit following a comfortable victory over managerless Crystal Palace.

WhatPremier League 2022/23
When5th August 2022 - 28th May 2023
How to watchSky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime
OddsArsenal 8/13, Manchester City 11/8, Manchester United 150/1

Conte questions commitment

Tottenham sit fourth in the Premier League but Newcastle in fifth and Liverpool in sixth have their sights firmly fixed on the north London club.

Spurs, priced at 7/4 to Finish in Top 4, are just two points clear of the Magpies and seven ahead of the Reds with each of those two sides having two games in hand.

Saturday's draw means Tottenham have won just one of their last five games across all competitions and they've dropped out of the Champions League and FA Cup during that sequence - ensuring it's going to be another season without a trophy.

Conte didn't hold back after the full-time whistle as he unloaded both barrels at the club’s owners and players.

When asked on his theory for why Tottenham continue to fall short of their targets, Conte said: "Because they are used to it here. They are used to it. They don't play for something important. They don't want to play under pressure. They don't want to play under stress. It is easy in this way. Tottenham's story is this. Twenty years the owner is here and they never won something, but why?"

The Italian went on to criticise his players, saying: "There are 10 games to go and some people think we can fight. Fight for what with this spirit, this attitude, this commitment? What? For seventh, eighth, 10th place?

"We are 11 players that go into the pitch. I see selfish players, I see players that don't want to help each other and don't put their heart.

"I am not used to this position. I'm really upset and everyone has to take their responsibility."

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Gunners gain further advantage

With Manchester City not in league action this weekend due to their involvement in the FA Cup - beating Burnley 6-0 on Saturday to secure a spot in the semi-finals - Arsenal made full use of the opportunity to strengthen their grip at the top.

Bukayo Saka scored a brace with Gabriel Martinelli and Granit Xhaka each chipping in with a goal to earn a 4-1 win at home to Crystal Palace.

It's a third successive home league win for the Gunners, priced at 8/13 To Win Outright, and just the reaction Mikel Arteta would have wanted after his side exited the Europa League on Thursday.

Palace, who are set to use the international break to find a replacement for Patrick Vieira, still remain without a win in all competitions in 2023.

The Eagles, priced at 5/1 To be Relegated, last won a league game on 31st December, beating Bournemouth 2-0, and have been dragged into a scrap at the bottom after four defeats in a row.

Leeds land morale-boosting win

It's so tight in the bottom half of the Premier League standings with nine clubs fighting for their future in the division.

Leeds, priced at 3/1 To Be Relegated, were the big winners from that cluster of teams this weekend as they ran out 4-2 winners against relegation rivals Wolves at Molineux.

Jack Harrison, Luke Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen and Rodrigo all scored to cancel out efforts from Jonny and Matheus Cunha.

There has certainly been an improvement since the arrival of Javi Gracia at Elland Road, claiming seven points from a possible 12 and losing just once in four league outings.

The Whites have climbed up to 14th on the back of Saturday's win, moving two points clear of the bottom three, while Wolves are one place and one point better off.

Everton are just one spot below Leeds, trailing only on goal difference after they twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

Ellis Simms, who returned from his loan spell with Sunderland in January, grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the 89th minute at Stamford Bridge.

Magpies building momentum

After a five-game winless run across all competitions, including three successive losses, Newcastle, priced at 11/10 To Finish in Top 4, finally appear to be getting back on track.

They ran out 2-1 winners at Nottingham Forest on Saturday to make it back-to-to-back victories in the league courtesy of a brace from Alexander Isak.

Forest were unbeaten in nine games at home prior to that loss but they were unable to build on Emmanuel Dennis' opener at the City Ground.

Steve Cooper's side remain outside the relegation zone, sitting 16th, but they are just two points clear of 18th-placed West Ham who have two games in hand.

Newcastle have renewed their hopes of securing a top-four spot but they face a stern test next time out when they host Manchester United on 2nd April.

Bournemouth and Leicester both remain in serious relegation trouble after failing to get a win on Saturday.

The Cherries are 19th following a 3-0 loss at Aston Villa and Leicester are 17th after playing out a 1-1 draw at Brentford.

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