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If Tottenham Beats Everton Tonight, Can Spurs Go All The Way?

three horse race If Tottenham Beats Everton Tonight, Can Spurs Go All The Way?

It may seem like a typical mid-week game, but Tottenham’s match tonight against Everton is monumental. If Spurs win, they go joint second with Manchester United, and will be just three points away from Manchester City at the top of the table. A win for Harry Redknapp’s side tonight and another slip-up by either of the Manchester clubs, and we could have Tottenham Hotspur on top of the Premier League. With just three losses all season, Tottenham are poised to move into a different stratosphere in the Premier League. A win tonight at White Hart Lane, and the club will be in a three-horse race to win the Premier League title. Dizzying heights indeed.

Of course, a draw or loss for Tottenham tonight, and it could be another story entirely.

The chips are falling nicely for Tottenham considering:

  • Vincent Kompany’s four match ban,
  • Manchester City losing the influential Yaya Toure to international duty,
  • Manchester United still in the FA Cup,
  • Key injuries throughout the United squad (as well as the poor form they’ve been displaying),
  • And the question of whether teams have figured out a way to beat Manchester City.
Add to that the fact that both Manchester clubs are in the Europa League, while Tottenham is out of it. And you can see why Tottenham is in such a good position to mount a serious challenge to push for the Premier League trophy. That is if they can win tonight, which will be a massive springboard and psychological boost to their efforts.
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14 Responses to If Tottenham Beats Everton Tonight, Can Spurs Go All The Way?

  1. Barry says:

    I agree that Spurs are in pole position to make a run for the title. They don’t have the dreaded Europa League to worry about and as long as they can avoid injuries should be in the mix till the end. I expect Spurs to win today and that will put a lot of pressure on United and City and with City having to play Liverpool twice in the next couple of weeks with a depleted squad due to injuries (Silva is the lastest casualty), suspension (Kompany) and loss of the Toure brothers to the ACN tournament, Spurs could well capitalise and even be in in first place before long. If they do get into first place it will be interesting to see how well they cope with that status.

    The thing that Spurs have going for them is that they have scorers like Adebayor, Defoe, Bayle, Pavluyechenko and Van der Vaart. Only City have as many scorers in their squad but with their problems as outlines above could find it difficult to maintain their lead at the top. The loss of the Toure brothers is huge as Kolo will be missed with kompany out for nthe next 4 games and Yaya is very important in their midfield and it was evident against United that City are a very different team without him.

    This could well be one of the tightest title races in a long time. I hope it goes down to the wire with all 3 teams having a chance to win it on the last day. That would be great.

  2. Dave says:

    Spurs have been very methodical this year beating lesser teams and catching Arsenal in a state of disorder. And they did handle Liverpool but City and United beat them easily with a Chelsea in disarray tying them, so I’d say regardless of today’s game they need to draw or beat Arsenal, Chelsea, City and United as well as the occasional giant killers (like Villa or, Fulham or Newcastle) which poach bigger teams in the coming weeks when teams are tired etc. Is the bench deep enough for that? I don’t see it, but we’ll see.

  3. dust says:

    As a Spurs fan I have to say it would be great for the chips to fall as described as above. However, to win the league you have to beat the teams above you. I believe the boys can win when Man Utd visit, winning against Man City at the “overpaid for the named to get around uefa income rules stadium” (that is he name right?) will be difficult without Ade, as a condition of his loan he cant play.

    One game at a time, lets win against a Everton team that is focused on winning their next game. All we can hope for tonight is if they do have a chance in front of goal that its Donavon and he misses an open goal as before.

    On a separate note, the newer tactic forced upon Harry because of Aaron’s injury, with Sandro and Parker playing in the center with Moderic in front was working, I can only hope Parker and Sandro get fit and have the chance to play together again, its those guys in-front of the defense that offer so much flexibility for the others to roam and work magic and be the diff against the Manchester clubs–Just a thought.

  4. Carolyn says:

    As long as Spurs continue to beat the lesser teams it doesn’t matter how well they do against the other top 4 teams. United, in winning the last two titles, didn’t do very well against the other top teams but they got maximum points against the lesser teams. Given the way this season has gone I can see see both United and City dropping points to lower teams. The key for Spurs is to avoid draws and win against those lower teams.

    This is turning out to be a very exciting season not only for the title race but also for the other spot in the Champions League. We’ll know more after the transfer window has closed as an addition or two could change the fortunes of teams.

    • Dust says:

      The fact that Utd one the league last year with the least amount of points needed to win the league in recent history should not be the standard. Limiting draws is always what you want, but beating the clubs that already do limit their draws is the only way you will win.

      Title winners are expected to beat the teams below them, you can’t rely on others to slip up, you have to win against those clubs above you to hold your fate in your own hands. Evidence is City beating Utd means utd are below city.

  5. Mufc77 says:

    I Cant see them winning the league to be honest, they might be playing well now they will likely have a bad run at dome point just like everyone else. I can see them making the top 4 if they get a bit of luck over the next 4 months.

    I think I predicted 5th spot at the start of the season for them so they are on course to proved wrong. If Utd don’t win the league I wouldn’t mind seeing spurs win it as they always try and play attacking football. I still say the top teams are going to drop points against each other so I guess anything is possible in the coming months.

  6. Codesa says:

    Spur’s will win to night , and on saterday , Henry will stop Man – U and we will nail the final nail in MAN UNITED’S COFFIN. Gone are the days when we were beaten left right and centre , remember this is leap year ! Not that I undermined Everton with all theier good run of late we will stop them like stoke city stop us .I just hope that we get Samba before the window close and we are lucky that none of our player’s is at african cup of nations . Spurs will suprise all haters and , take note come end of may we will be having our 9th FA cup and 2th league in our cabinet @ white hart lane .

  7. Yespage says:

    It’ll be an uphill battle for Tottenham. They played brilliantly in the first half of the season, but they have to repeat that performance in the second half. It is a very tall order.

    But certainly, I’d love to see a three plus horse race for the EPL Title, especially when one of the teams in the hunt wouldn’t have “Manchester” in their name.

  8. Jimmy says:

    Unless Spurs improve their away record they will find it difficult to win the title. They have to play away against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea and have only Manchester United at home of the other top teams. They’ve had a fairly easy January fixture list with most of the games at home but they do end the month away to Manchester City who are ripe for the taking with their injuries, suspensions and loss of players to the African Cup of Nations. Spurs could well be at the top of the table by the end of the month.

    What happens in February when they have a much harder fixture list is left to be seen.

  9. Muley says:

    As a Tottenham fan who has lived through 20+ years of mediocrity, it is incredible that this question is even being asked! I am trying to be logical as it is a tough ask but here is why Tottenham could in the league:

    Man City – I think there squad is big enough to cope with the injuries and suspensions but I think their problem might be other teams tactics. Just as West Brom shut them down, I think teams who play City will be targeting a point and parking the bus so they may not lose many but could draw a number of games.

    Man Utd – inconsistency is going to be their challenge which is a product of a young team. I expect them to win a lot of games, especially when they are back to full strength but I also see them drawing or losing games you would expect them to win (Blackburn at home was a perfect example).

    So its still a big ask for Tottenham but they have genuine match-winners in Bale, Adebeyor and Van de Vaart so if they can avoid injuries and maintain their consistency in beating teams below them, they could very well finish champions.

  10. The Shaker says:

    Personally I think Spurs need more strength in depth in key areas – central defence being one of them. Harry has to buy a defender in this transfer window or all the hard work will have gone to waste. I can’t see King playing too many more games this season – we have been lucky that he has played as many as he has already. Gallas has hardly played so we are left with Kaboul who has been immense this season and Dawson who is not 100% match fit. If one of them gets injured and we don’t bring in a quality replacement I think they will be doomed as they can’t rely on Corluka or Bassong to cover

  11. Smiley says:

    No team has the amount of pace that Spurs have on their team. They have it on both flanks. This means that the opposition cannot afford to have their fullbacks go forward as much as they might otherwise do. This is a huge advantage for Spurs and they also have goalscorers in abundance. Even when not at their best they have been able to win games. This is exactly the type of thing Manchester United have always been noted for.

    Spurs have a definite shot at winning the title. It would be great to see a new team win the title.

  12. Nelson says:

    Wouldn’t it be grand to see Spurs win the league! Even if your not a Spurs fan, the thought of a a club without huge payrolls is a welcome change.. It won’t be easy to overcome the big money spenders. Spurs can do it but I think they will need some new strikers in January who can finish. Adebayor has been instrumental but has not had many goals considering all his chances. Spurs lack the striking ability of the two Manchester clubs. Just look at the goal differential. If Spurs are to be Champions they need to bring in some people who can finish like Loic Remy, Ba, or Damiao. Most Spurs wins this year have been with just 1 or 2 goals. Grinding out wins all season will be tough.

  13. Joe956 says:

    It would be great for the Spurs to win the title but I’m afraid Man City has too many $$$stars on their team and will probably end up “buying” the title. Man United sucks this year so they wont be a factor,not without a goal tender. Go Spurs!

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