Former Liverpool and Manchester United forward Michael Owen has claimed that he would be surprised if Tottenham do not finish in fourth place in the Premier League table this season.
There has been plenty of doom and gloom surrounding Spurs over the last couple of weeks after the club’s elimination from the FA Cup and the Champions League, which ensured that their trophy drought would be extended for another year.
To make matters worse, it also seemed like the Lilywhites were in danger of being pipped to a top-four finish by a resurgent Liverpool.
However, last weekend’s results brought back a little bit of optimism back into N17 after the Reds lost 1-0 away at Bournemouth and Spurs overcame Nottingham Forest to extend their lead over Liverpool to six points, although Jurgen Klopp’s men have a game in hand.
Manchester United were also held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton on Sunday, which means that Tottenham now sits just two points behind the Red Devils in third place.
Owen believes that as things stand, Antonio Conte’s men are the favourites to clinch the final Champions League qualification spot.
The former Liverpool striker told Premier League Productions: “I would be surprised if Tottenham didn’t clinch that fourth space because Liverpool are inconsistent.
“Newcastle are rocky, even though they have played some tough games. Spurs are up and down, a little bit inconsistent, a bit like Liverpool actually. But it’s a good performance, even though Nottingham Forest made it easy for them.
“After Liverpool were chasing them down and getting closer and closer. They will be breathing a sigh of relief now because they have a bit of a cushion again.”
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There is now a very real chance of United being sucked into the race for Champions League qualification, which would certainly be great news for Spurs.
If we can finish above Erik Ten Hag’s side, that would also likely go a long way towards putting an end to the speculation linking Kane with a move to Old Trafford.
Newcastle’s late win at Wolves also means that they cannot be overlooked in the race, however, Spurs must look to win the crucial matches against both the Magpies and Liverpool before the season is over.
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