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Is Tottenham Hotspur's top four place in danger?

Saturday 9th March 2019
A few weeks ago, Spurs looked a shoo-in for a top four finish...
A few weeks ago, Spurs looked a shoo-in for a top four finish...

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About a fortnight ago, Tottenham Hotspur were regarded as the outside bet at a Premier League title. Mauricio Pochettino's men have always played some scintillating football. That hasn't changed, but recently, Premier League results have been poor.

After losing to Burnley, Spurs followed that up with a defeat to Chelsea, while then drawing against fierce rivals Arsenal. Suddenly, they're closer to dropping out of the top four than challenging for the league. They couldn't, could they?

I hate the saying, but it would be rather 'Spursy' if it happened. With United looking unbeatable at present, sitting just three points behind The Lilywhites in the table, I wouldn't bet against them passing the North London club. Their 1-0 victory back at Wembley Stadium is looking hugely important right now. 

Then you have Arsenal. They're four points adrift of their neighbours. In crunch situations, The Gunners have come up trumps and forced their way into Europe's premier competition. That's a gap that could be closed down swiftly, and with nine games still left to play, would you rule it out?

Chelsea is another big threat, particularly with Eden Hazard in the team. They're five points adrift with a game in hand. Having beaten Spurs convincingly not so long ago, the momentum will be flowing.

There's no doubt that recent events will have Spurs looking over their shoulders. It's only natural. Suddenly, what looked like a three-way fight for one spot is becoming more of a four-way battle for two positions. Despite their Champions League brilliance over Borussia Dortmund, the Premier League is the bread and butter.

In terms of remaining fixtures, Spurs have a real mixed bag. Trips to Manchester City and Liverpool will prove to be extremely difficult, while they still host both Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion before the season is out...

Then you have to factor in European football. Will this be a help or hindrance? Winning is key for morale, while the extra games could eventually take its toll. In that regard, all the sides around them are still fighting it out on the continent. Although Arsenal may be free of their Europa League 'burden' in the not too distant future.

Injury-wise, it's great to have Harry Kane back available and ready to play. The English striker is the key piece, but help is required. Delli Alli is still missing while Kieran Trippier is struggling with a muscle problem. Heung-Min Son has suddenly gone quiet, while for all his brilliance, more is needed from Christian Eriksen.

Today's game against Southampton is key. They're on the road against a Saints side who gave United their struggles last weekend. It's similar to the Burnley game in which they lost. A repeat here could be detrimental to their chances.

In the end, I think Spurs will make it into the top four - but it's closer than it shouldn't be. Given the quality they have in terms of players and coaching staff, to let such a lead slip would be criminal. They'll get it together, they're too good not to, but honestly, with what has happened in season's gone by, I wouldn't completely rule it out...

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Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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