Peter Crouch has warned Wolverhampton Wanderers that football’s lockdown could benefit his old club Tottenham Hotspur in the battle for the top four.
When the Premier League finally resumes next week after a three-month shutdown, Wolves are well-placed for a crack at the Champions League places.
They are currently in sixth position with 43 points, two behind fifth-placed Manchester United and five below Chelsea in fourth. Sheffield United are seventh on 43 points with a game in hand.
But Crouch reckons Spurs, in eighth, are a dark horse to gatecrash the top four, as the unexpected break has allowed Harry Kane and Son crucial recovery time.
Wolves lost 2-1 to Spurs at Molineux in December, but won 3-2 away in March.
The Premier League is set to return on June 17 after its three month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s ideal for Spurs, let’s be honest,” Crouch told football.london.
“They were struggling with Son and Kane out and those two coming back will be huge for them and only going to help them.
“It will be interesting to see how it kicks off. I’m sure the players would have looked after themselves, but you might get a few shock results. If you do have to play at neutral venues you’re not sure how things are going to pan out. I think there will be a few surprise results.
“The home games only really helps if you have the fans. Of course, it helps if you have your own parking space, know where you sit, it does help. But the main thing is the fans, so there will be a few away wins, definitely.”
The return of the Premier League has a lot of hurdles to overcome, with several players also refusing to train.
Troy Deeney was the first to not head back to Watford, however has not agreed to starting training once again with his teammates.
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante is not training with the rest of the Chelsea squad and doing solo fitness work.
Both have cited the health concerns in football’s return and fear of contracting the virus, something that Crouch can completely understand.