Tottenham’s run-in

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy
It seems pretty clear that we are fighting for 4th place with Liverpool and Everton.
United have somewhat predictably shot themselves in the foot. I say predictably because the United owners have completely failed to bring in decent players to replace the aging stars of the recent era. Players like Young, Nani, Anderson, Smalling, Rafael, Fabio, Evans, and Fellini are not good enough and poor old Moyes inherited a club in major decline and to compound it Moyes was working with a brand new Chief Executive. It would have made more sense for David Gill to stay for one more year to oversee the upheaval ! Ha Ha Ha… belly laugh ! Well, we have all been jealous of United’s success for so long, that they deserve it ! So that leaves Spurs, Liverpool and Everton fighting for fourth With 13 games left the opposition is critical. Especially the games involving teams at the top – Southampton upwards.
Spurs have arguably the best schedule with 5 games against decent opposition : 2 at the Lane against Arse & Southampton; 3 away at  Liverpool, Chelsea & Newcastle.
Liverpool have 6 hard games : 4 at home against Newcastle, City , Spurs & Chelsea; 2 away at United & Southampton.
Everton have 6 hard games : 3 at home against Man City, Arse & United;  3 away at Chelsea, Southampton  & Newcastle.
All of our last 6 games are against “lesser” opposition. Everton have 4 hard games in their last 6 and Liverpool have 3 hard games in their last 6. So what is the key ? Our next 7 games contain 5 hard fixtures starting on Wednesday (12/2) against Newcastle in geordieland ….. and then March will be the month that we need to stake our claim, with the Arse and Southampton at the Lane, Chelsea and Liverpool away.
Realistically Spurs have been terrible this season against the rest of the top 8 especially at the Lane picking up 5 points from a possible 18, and on our travels getting 7 from 15. The other factor is that teams in London are playing a derby every third week, with 6 teams from London in the top flight. This is a disadvantage for all of the London teams. We have 4 London derbies left, Fulham and Arse at the Lane and West Ham and Chelsea away. Liverpool have one “derby” game left against United ( an old hatred based on success) and Everton have none.
I fancy our chances but a lot of that is “Spurs Optimism” the one ingredient that is in the DNA of all Spurs supporters until the moment when we kick off, then it is all doom and gloom !  An awful lot will ride on our game at Anfield – traditionally a bad ground for us – Tim, that really is a cup final for us!

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  1. Liverpool away to City and Newcastle? Are you stupid. Spurs play horrible, goal difference is 0… So I would be quite. Spurs deserve nothing after all those heavy defeats

    • Yes I am stupid – thanks for putting it so nicely – I changed the article, thanks. Spurs are 2 points better off than at this stage last year….and as for heavy defeats over the past 2 or 3 seasons there have been lots of heavy defeats for teams at the top of the EPL so I don't think that it is relevant. It is indicative of how well some teams, particularly Liverpool and Manchester City, can kill teams off with their firepower.

  2. Do you really think this spurs side will make CL over Liverpool????

    Dear oh dear you really are living in cloud coo-coo land?

    Liverpool far the better side and their home form and is superb.

    Think Spurs and Everton are playing for Europa League spot? Everton are favorites!

    • The difference in football is obvious, but stranger things have happened. If Liverpool drop points like against West Brom whilst the others keep their focus, then it's quite conceivable that Liverpool miss out.

      Football isn't always fair, two years ago we played great football and finished fourth, but then Chelsea went off to Germany and defended for 120 mins and held their nerve in the subsequent penalty shootout. They finished 6th in the league and played terribly all year.

  3. Those that have passed comment on this site insulting the author's intelligence should get some spelling lessons. I despair of the bad grammar, commonly seen on these web sites, but today's contributions must be the worst I've seen!

  4. If you're going to set yourself up as a commentator on Spurs, you need to understand the game and get your facts straight.

    Nowhere do you discuss form, or injuries, or European fixtures.

    I have yet to see Spurs play to our full potential this season. I don't see that changing.

    Writing United off is ridiculous. They'll push us all the way for fifth, which is where I hope we'll finish.

  5. This is a decent article. I agree United are looking dead and buried. No Fergie time left I 'm afraid ! Talking about hypothetical injuries (Mr Paxton) seems redundant – I was interested to know the fixtures for the run and that's what I got ! Whether or not cup runs can be continued are also hypothetical. What a pessimist Mr Paxton is ! As a real Spurs supporter I am still hopeful of catching the Gooners !! COYS

  6. The motto of the club? To dare is to do, and that’s exactly what we are doing. But in this day and age that’s not enough.

    I can’t see us finishing top 4. The current top 4 are simply better teams. Even Everton were better than us. And one would expect united to turn things around.

    Sherwood is collecting points, which is impressive considering the team he puts together.

    Dawson? Lennon? bentaleb?

    Impressed with Eriksen on the left, but why Townsend comes on for him rather than Lennon, I do not understand.

    We can hope to finish top 4, but I just can’t see it happening.

    All credit to Sherwood if he makes it.

    • "To dare etc" – the question was actually rhetorical !! I don't think Arse and Liverpool are better teams… they are in better form for certain. We outplayed Everton in the first half completely at Goodison (as good as we have been all season). But we have been hampered by injuries and as we know only too well it takes 5 or 6 games for a player to get back to his potent best after an injury. Lennon has been poor the last 3 or 4 games but in fairness he hasn't been getting any service at all. Erikson should be in the hole rather than out wide but the article was meant to be about fixtures not Sherwood's tactical awareness or lack of it. BTW a "lack of tactical awareness" usually means the fan doesn't agree with a substitution or formation !!

      • Lennon and service.

        That’s the problem with him.

        The likes of robben or Townsend don’t wait to be served. They get themselves involved. Lennon hasn’t got that ability. It’s about how and where you chose to position yourself

        • I've heard it all now…… Townsend and robben….. even the capital letters are funny !!

          Come on guys you know robben and Townsend – they are almost inseparable – certainly interchangeable !

          Townsend is poor defensively as such never gets himself involved. He actually does wait to be served !

          Now don't get me wrong I would love Andros to be like arjen one day but it ain't today ! Next it will be Holtby and messi !!


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