As we enter the final stretch of the Premier League, managers and players will be assessing where they can realistically finish at the end of this season.
While the title race is now looking like a two-horse race between Manchester City and Liverpool, the battle for the remaining two top four places is a battle between Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
A few weeks ago, there was still talk of Spurs being in the title race, but consecutive league losses away to Burnley and Chelsea left those dreams hanging in the balance, while a draw with north London rivals Arsenal really ended any hopes of a first Premier League title.
Despite their recent downturn in form, Spurs are still the odds-on favourites to finish in the top four according to English Premier League betting on Betfair. But can Spurs hold onto a place in next season’s Champions League? Let’s take a look at how the remainder of their season could pan out.
On the plus side, Spurs travel to a struggling Southampton and former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino will be desperately hoping his Spurs players can get the season back on track with a comfortable win. With a trip to Liverpool looming two weeks afterwards, a win against Saints might just reinvigorate Spurs’ season.
They also face a trip to defending champions Manchester City, where they will be hoping to avoid defeat at all costs. Other than that, Spurs’ run-in seems relatively easy: a mixture of struggling sides and mid-table teams who are unlikely to be playing for much, it’s the perfect mix for Spurs to secure a top four place.
Although the teams towards the bottom of the table are there for a reason, at this stage of the season they can provide some shock results as they fight for Premier League survival, so Spurs will need to remain wary.
An ankle ligament injury in January meant Harry Kane was forced to miss several weeks of action, but in the four league games that Kane missed, Spurs managed to win all four, even if some were unconvincing wins.
Kane’s return from injury saw Spurs lose to Burnley, but captain Kane did at least get on the scoresheet, equalising for the Lilywhites before Ashley Barnes scored the winner for Burnley late on. He failed to score against Chelsea as Spurs lost 2-0 and then scored a 74th minute penalty to secure a point against arch-rivals Arsenal.
The only winning goal he has scored on his return from injury was in the midweek Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund, helping Spurs win 4-0 on aggregate, seeing them through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2011. The goal also set a record for Harry Kane, as he became the club’s highest scorer in European competition.
Can they do it?
Winning the league title is very unlikely at this stage of the season, so the focus for Pochettino should be on securing Champions League football and adding to the squad in the summer. In theory, Spurs should easily secure a top four place, as despite there being only five points separating Tottenham in third and Chelsea in sixth, it’s hard to see Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea winning all of their games to overtake Spurs.