Tottenham will make the top 4
The North London Derby was a very entertaining game even though the scoreline didn’t reflect the frenetic back-and-forth between the two rivals. Tottenham won courtesy Harry Kane’s 23rd league goal. Mauricio Pochettino's side was temporarily in fourth until Eden Hazard's brace in a 3-0 Monday Night Football victory over West Brom lifted Chelsea back into the Champions League places.
The race to be in Europe's marquee club competition has begun to approach critical mass. Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and now Arsenal have all taken turns looking like they're going to drop out. Each save the Gunners has come roaring back.
At the moment, it's Spurs turn. After an inconsistent start to the season, Tottenham is now unbeaten in its last nine league matches, second only to Manchester City for points accumulated in that period.
Here are three reasons why Tottenham will finish the race in a medal position.
For a number of other big clubs, there is the question of fatigue. Spurs look the freshest team at the moment. Pochettino has rotated well and a number of his players are rounding back to full fitness at just the right time. Victor Wanyama. Toby Alderweireld. Eric Lamela. All are healthy again and ready to help the team in the campaign's business end.
In addition, Brazilian winger Lucas Moura was signed to add a new dimension in attack. Fans are eager to see him strut his stuff. Meanwhile, Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Juan Foyth, and Moussa Sissoko are all good squad players who haven’t played as often as they would have liked but will offer options when the regulars require rest, take a knock, or draw a suspension.
Plaudits continue to pour in for Harry Kane. The English striker is tearing up defences in Europe and the Premier League. He has netted 23 times domestically. Did I say that already? I think I did. That's how impressive he is. His consistency is difficult to believe. Kane has 32 in total, once again the most by any player in the whole of Europe.
He is in the form of his life, looking likely to get a goal even while he's doing a pre-match interview. The 24-year-old England international is the game's best striker at the moment and should be confident he can lead his team to a Champions League place. His total to date is 45% the club's overall total.
Goals, they say, win games. With Harry Kane in form, Tottenham is going to win a lot of games.
Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea have all been inconsistent in their results. Chelsea is one bad game away from sacking their manager. Arsenal’s away form has gone away. Liverpool is the Robin Hood of the league, Kevin Costner version. They steal results from top clubs and give them away to poor ones. You have to question whether the Reds are the genuine article their attack suggests they can be. Manchester United is only four points above Spurs in second.
Everything but the title is in reach for the Lilywhites. Spurs have hit their form at the right time, in direct contrast to their competition.