According to Opta (as relayed by Sky Sports), Tottenham now have a lower percentage chance of finishing in the top four than both Newcastle United and Liverpool this season.
All the media reports surrounding Spurs over the last few days have focused on Antonio Conte’s future, with some publications suggesting that the Italian is expected to be asked to pack his bags this week (Telegraph).
It emerged on Tuesday that the most likely scenario is for Tottenham to put Ryan Mason in charge on a temporary basis until the end of the season so they can continue talking to potential candidates to replace the 53-year-old (Evening Standard).
One of Daniel Levy’s main considerations when making the decision on Conte’s future and whether to install Mason as the interim will be the club’s top four hopes, with Champions League qualification being crucial to Spurs’ finances and their ability to attract top players in the summer.
Opta have now crunched the numbers and revealed that, as things stand, Tottenham have just a 23.9 per cent chance of finishing fourth.
The data analysis platform predicts that the Lilywhites will finish in sixth place this season, behind the Magpies and the Reds.
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no doubt that we would stand a much better chance of finishing in the top four if Conte is sacked immediately.
The Italian has created a toxic atmosphere at the club with his outburst on Saturday and the players cannot be expected to play for him any longer.
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