Tottenham Hotspur have been put up against their London rivals among the ‘Big 6’ Premier League teams over their chances of qualifying for the Champions League at the end of the campaign and even winning the Premier League title.
Tottenham have enjoyed a solid start to their PL campaign after winning 4-1 against Southampton convincingly and getting a decent 2-2 result vs Chelsea despite not being their best selves. They will be involved in this season’s CL after Antonio Conte led them to a top-four finish against the general expectation.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are one of the few teams in the league that still holds the perfect winning start. They have also bolstered their ranks considerably with strong additions after a lack of depth plagued them heavily during their injury plight in the previous campaign.
The Blues, meanwhile, have a similar record to Spurs, although they did have to put in the effort against Everton to get a 1-0 win in the opening fixture. They appear to still be active in the transfer market, making them a potential concern should they further strengthen their team moving forward.
FiveThirtyEight, who specialise in predictions, have claimed after crunching the numbers using their supercomputer that Thomas Tuchel’s side has the best chances of finishing in the top four places and even winning the English top flight among the trio.
They are given a 62 per cent chance to qualify for next season’s CL alongside a ten per cent chance to win the league.
Conte’s team and the Gunners are given 48 per cent and 41 per cent chances for the top four positions, while the two north London outfits also hold six per cent and four per cent chances, respectively, to finish in the top spot of England’s top division.
Spurs Web Opinion:
Going against the odds and achieving unexpected things have always been in Conte’s DNA, looking at how he fared at his previous clubs. Hence, it would not be surprising to see him repeating the same this time around, although the gap with Manchester City may be too much to bridge in a short period.
Man City have a 59 per cent chance to retain the league title, which is more or less what the general expectation is even at such an early stage. Even so, things could always change drastically in a matter of a few weeks, plus it will be interesting to see how the winter World Cup would impact the teams and their run of play.
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