The end of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign is fast approaching and Tottenham Hotspur have only seven games left to cement their position as high up in the table as they can. Spurs have been on very strong form in the league as of late and look to increase their 13-match unbeaten streak away at Stoke City this coming Saturday.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 5, 2018
What do Spurs have to do in order for this season to be classed as a true success? Obviously, Spurs had to adopt a temporary home in the form of Wembley Stadium whilst their stunning new ground is under construction, and they struggled with the move initially. However, retrospectively, Spurs have in fact only lost once at the National Stadium all season. Most will say a top-four finish; this is what Spurs strive to achieve year in, year out – it guarantees the most competitive football at club level, and of course, it rakes in the wonga from the TV rights. Considering Spurs finished 2nd last season, some go-getters would not expect anything less. Harry Kane has recently commented that the team must bring home some silverware in order to class this season as a success,
“Champions League football is a must and we’re in a great position. I think we’ve got to try and win the FA Cup. If we do that, we can say it’s been a very good season.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s confident and in-form band of merry men are in a great position to achieve all of these objectives if they manage to remain composed in the coming months. With this in mind, it is worthy to have a look at the Spurs run to judge the possibility of them securing that coveted 2nd place position. Man Utd play Man City this weekend and there are currently 4 points between themselves and Spurs. BUT Spurs have a game in hand. To add even more fuel to the fire, City could potentially win the league against their most fierce rivals this weekend. If they defeat them and lift the trophy, assuming Spurs win their game in hand, one point would separate 2nd place and 4th place. THE RACE IS ON.
Stoke City – 07/04
Stoke are fighting a relegation battle and will be looking to salvage what they can from the game. However, the football has been subpar for the majority of the season and the front four of Spurs will likely be just too much to handle. We predict a Spurs win.
Manchester City – 14/04
With the form that Spurs are in currently, this game could really swing either way. I think it is one of those where it really depends on the day. Saying that, this could be City’s first game as newly crowned, Premier League Champions. They are going to be well up for it, and when they turn up only a handful of teams can withstand that gust of wind. Unfortunately, I reckon City will edge this… We predict 1-0 City.
Brighton & Hove Albion 17/04
After an emphatic victory over the Gunners, Brighton have been in freefall ever since, losing three on the bounce. This game is scheduled only three days after the City match, and if the result does not go Tottenham Hotspur’s way against the big dogs, this game could be crucial in returning Spurs to winning ways. A gruelling Tuesday night in Brighton is the perfect place to give Lucas a run out in the 1st team. We predict a comfortable Spurs win.
Watford have had a mixed bag of results recently, but overall they are going to be very happy with their season. Fair play to them. This is the first game back after the FA Cup Semi-final and we all know that Pochettino will not take his foot off the pedal. After the cup game, he’ll want to prove a point of professionalism and will hunt for a win in this game. Spurs win.
West Brom 05/05
West Brom are a sinking ship without a life raft in sight. They have won three all season and it is highly doubtful they are going to start now. With Pardew gone and fan favourite Darren Moore at the helm however, the hosts could play with nothing to lose. But Spurs have everything to win, and the gulf in class is too much to not pick Spurs as a clear favourite. Spurs win.
This fixture is the game in hand. Postponed due to Spurs success in the FA Cup, this is where Spurs can make the points up in the hunt to usurp Manchester in the table. It will be no easy job, Newcastle have lost just one in their last seven matches. Believing they will be able to carry on their blistering resurgence, we’ll go with a draw on this one.
Leicester City 13/05
The last game of the season and Spurs will wave goodbye to Wembley Stadium with what we believe will be a smile on the face. Spurs will honour the success they have had there this season, laugh at the critics who pronounced their ‘Wembley Hoodoo’, and walk away with a comfortable win.
So there you have it. Mo Salah briefly out of action for Liverpool, a game in hand of Manchester United, and five of the remaining seven games against teams outside of the top-ten. Will the stars align for Spurs? Will they secure 2nd? Pochettino will give it his best as the season heats up.