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EVERYONE has been talking about Sam Allardyce this week so I want to write about something few people are talking about.

After Big Sam what's the hottest footy topics of the moment?

Man City’s tippy-tappy assault on the perfect 38-game winning season, Liverpool’s hard-pressing, fast-paced challenge for second place, the magnificence of Arsenal going forward and the crises engulfing Chelsea and Manchester United.

Spurs? Nah, not worth a post script. Even the absence of Harry Kane hardly merits discussion now that he’s nosedived from being the next Alan Shearer to the next Ian Ormondroyd in record time.

Spurs will finish, er, who knows? Fifth? Maybe sixth? Dunno; let’s talk about Raheem Sterling or Sadio Mane instead. Far more interesting.

Well now’s the time for Tottenham to put their size nines into the title race and show that the team who went into this weekend in second spot – that’s right, second – are here to stay.

Spurs are a great bet to beat a Man City team minus Kevin de Bruyne, who have made light work of a lot of backmarkers but, apart from Man U, have yet to really find a willing adversary. And be honest, United obligingly declined to be adversaries for the first 40 minutes of the Manchester derby.

Tottenham look like one of a handful of big-priced possibilities this weekend. I’m no great fan of Middlesbrough but everyone seems to enjoy playing at West Ham’s new ground – apart from West Ham. The natives might be a long, long way from the pitch but Payet and pals can definitely hear them getting restless.

I like Southampton at Leicester as well. Saints are looking in good order whereas the Foxes, based on recent weeks, could be absolutely anything.

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Match in Focus

12:00 Sa 1Oct SS5

Granada v Leganes

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Both teams have scored in ten of Granada’s last 11 La Liga games
Expert verdict
Granada have managed just two points from their opening six La Liga matches but they should find this easier. The hosts have scored in every match this season but their lacklustre defending could ensure a free-scoring affair, while promoted Leganes have conceded in five of their last six matches on the road and both teams to score looks a tasty wager.