Ferdinand and Owen disagree on who will finish fourth – One thinks Spurs

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While Rio Ferdinand has backed Manchester United to finish fourth, Michael Owen admitted that he fancies Harry Kane to fire Spurs into the Champions League.

Tottenham missed a golden opportunity to put themselves in the driving seat in the race for fourth when they fell to a 3-2 defeat at home to Southampton on Wednesday.

However, despite the loss, Antonio Conte’s men are still only four points behind fourth-placed West Ham with three games in hand over the Hammers.

Unfortunately, Arsenal took advantage of Tottenham’s slip up, earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Wolves on Thursday.

Ferdinand admitted that none of the four clubs competing for fourth look capable of stringing a consistent run of results together.

The former defender backed his old club to claim the last Champions League spot but admitted he is not too confident about his prediction.

He said: “There’s always hope (for United). There’s no one fighting for the top four who is standing out as the leading, consistent candidate, who can string five wins together or go unbeaten for 10 games. It’s up for grabs.

“No one – Arsenal, West Ham, Man United, Spurs especially – can say they have consistent performances and results to stake a claim.

“They’re all looking at each other going ‘I don’t know what they’re going to do but I don’t know what we’re going to do either’.

“I think Man United will get there. They’ll get the goals to win the right amount of games to keep them in the top four… but I can’t be overly confident about that.

“Against Burnley, it was a Jekyll and Hyde performance. They came out for the second half and looked a completely different team.”

Owen believes that Kane being back in form and the Antonio Conte effect gives Spurs the edge over the other three clubs in the race.

The former Liverpool striker said: “You can make a case for any (of those four sides finishing fourth). It could literally be any of them. I’m going to go for Tottenham if they keep their big players fit.

“(Striker Harry) Kane is starting to get back to the Kane of old, if they can keep Son fit… (manager Antonio) Conte looks like he’s turning it around a little bit at Tottenham.

“It’s a toss of a coin. It’s going to be a great race for fourth, it’s going to keep us entertained. Let’s hope the title race is open as well until the end of the season. Any of those four, I couldn’t really argue but I’m just going to go with Tottenham.”

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There is still a long way to go in the race for fourth and it looks like it could well go down to the wire. So, one can expect plenty of twists and turns.

I am still confident that we have a very good shot as we have been more consistent than the other three clubs since Conte took over.

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