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Assessing Tottenham's Title Chances

Assessing Tottenham's Title Chances

For the last 15 years the Premier League has been dominated by Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, but not any more.

With the emergence of Manchester City and Tottenham the so-called 'Sky's top four' has been infiltrated and broken up (for good, hopefully) by two teams who deserve to be challenging for honours.

With City beating Wigan on Monday and Spurs only managing to add one point to their league tally at the weekend Vital Manchester City assesses Tottenham's title chances.

Harry Redknapp's team travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in what can only be described as a six-pointer. If Spurs are going to have a realistic chance of winning the league they are going to have to beat City on their own turf. And with the Toure brothers playing in the African Nations tournament, Vincent Kompany suspended and (Mad) Mario Balotelli a doubt Spurs have never had a better opportunity of clawing themselves up the league table.

Fixtures

Sunday's fixture aside, Vital Manchester City takes a look at the team's next six Premier League games.

Man City

Everton (A) - Sunday 31 Jan
Fulham (H) - Saturday 4 Feb
Aston Villa (A) - Sunday 12 Feb
Blackburn (H) - Saturday 25 Feb
Bolton (H) - Saturday 3 March
Swansea (A) - Saturday 10 March

Tottenham

Wigan (H) - Tuesday 31 Jan
Liverpool (A) - Monday 6 Feb
Newcastle (H) - Saturday 11 Feb
Arsenal (A) - Sunday 26 Feb
Manchester United (H) - Saturday 3 March
Everton (A) - Saturday 10 March

Come Sunday 11 March how many points do you expect City and Spurs to have accumulated and in what league position do you expect each team to be in?

ESPN

ESPN football pundits Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol assess the chances of Tottenham winning the Premier League.





Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:danielqpr
Date:Tuesday January 17 2012
Time: 9:19AM

Comments

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In August I was in a pub in Cyprus watching us beat Spurs 5-1. Pity I can't afford to do the same on Sunday.
Tudor
17/01/2012 09:26:00
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We were a shower of **** at the beginning of the season. I think you will find us a different prospect on Sunday. I cant see another 5-1 but I do think it will be a cracker of a game. I hope we can capitalise on you being without Toure and Kompany, and hopefully with Adebeyor being ineligable, Defoe will have something to prove!
Spurstrings
17/01/2012 09:33:00
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Strings, is King fit for this one? Has Adebayor played every league game for Spurs since the 5-1? If Spurs have any chance of the title they need a better points return against the top sides. 8 from 18 I believe against the top 7 in first half of season, just doesn't cut it.
Bluedub
17/01/2012 09:37:00
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Not sure on King, if the current pattrn holds then he might be available but I have a feeling he's tweeked a hamstring so may be out. Dawson is back though. Harry seems to start with Adebeyor if he can but he's gone off the boil latey, (i think he has history of doing this mid season) We are one deadly striker short of better things certainly. Personally dont really take out title hopes that seriously, but that said, considering we were hoping for Top Four at best, to even be mentioned in the title race is a great thing. Still along way to go and the second half of every season is a totally different animal to the first half. Teams at the bottom are playing for their lives now and the pressure at the top ramps up too. Its going to be interesting. My main hope for Sunday is that the Referee has a good game.
Spurstrings
17/01/2012 09:44:00
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Thanks for the response mate and I'll second that on the ref having a good game. We've seen too much inconsistency this season to last us a lifetime. I think Spurs with King in the side are a much more formidable unit, I don't really rate Daws tbh, I know he's your typical body on the line English CB and that Spurs fans love his attitude but he makes too many silly errors and his positional play is poor.
Bluedub
17/01/2012 09:49:00
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Would both teams settle for a draw? I think there is outside pressure from neutrals for Spuds to prove that they can go to the Ethiad and win but in the bigger picture a draw would be a more than acceptable result for them. For us, I can't see Mancini throwing bodies forward if it's a tight game so a draw is the more likely outcome.
Spooks
17/01/2012 09:51:00
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There is no doubt that Spurs go into this game without pressure. They don't need to win nor expect to win the title. The goal is top 4 and CL qualification, anything else is a bonus. After spending zillions expectations and the pressure that goes with that are all in City's corner. Judging by what I saw at Wigan last night it shows too!
michael.thfc
17/01/2012 09:55:00
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I disagree that Spurs need to win this. Long way to go. However, defeat and an 8 point gap, given our run of games would seem terminal, but who knows?
RealDanger
17/01/2012 09:56:00
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Michael, judging by what you saw last night? City dominating and winning a game away from home shows the pressure? we are top of the PL form table. Btw we don't "need" to win the PL despite what the tabloids say. In an interview with Khaldoon Mubarak at the end of last season Khaldoon said that Sheikh Mansour's belief was when he took over that by year 4 we would seriously challenge for the title, this is year 4 and we are seriously challenging.
Bluedub
17/01/2012 10:03:00
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Spurs certainly dont NEED to win this game... but our next 5 fixtures after the Wigan game do look very daunting...
Tedspur
17/01/2012 10:21:00
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