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Fact Or Fiction: Spurs Are Second Best Team In Premiership

“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.”

Fact or Fiction: At this point in the season, Tottenham is the second best team in the Premier League.

MH: Fact. After a slow start, Tottenham has been on a tear over the past two months. In fact, over their last ten matches Spurs have a record of 8-1-1. Along the way, Tottenham has solid victories over the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. This season the attack of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, and Rafael van der Vaart has been aided by the inclusion of striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The improvement has been on display at White Hart Lane where Spurs have been averaging 2.29 goals per match. While Tottenham has been ascending, the club directly ahead of them in the table, Manchester United, has been in a holding pattern. Although the Red Devils have been solid defensively, they have lacked a killer instinct since the devastating loss to Manchester City. Because of this, it’s quite possible that over the holiday fixture stretch, Tottenham could catch United and take over the second slot in the Premier League table.

ER: Both Fact and Fiction. At the moment Spurs are playing the 2nd best football in the Premier League, that’s the fact. The fiction points to the January transfer window, where I see Sir Alex Ferguson rejuvenating a broken-down squad that has been decimated by injuries early. Manchester United will also need to address the lack of creativity from midfield; whether they choose to do that in January or summer remains to be seen. In any regard, I think the Red Devils will regain their fitness, add a couple of pieces for depth in the open window, and focus intently on making the April 28, 2012 Manchester Derby a title deciding battle at the Etihad Stadium.

What do you think? Is it fact or fiction that at this point in the season, Tottenham is the second best team in the Premier League?

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  1. MyNameIsMe

    January 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Come on, spurs are the 2nd best! Man Uniteds defence are letting them down and have now lost 2 games on the trot. Tottenham will just go from strength to strength and will turn into proper title contenders!

  2. Hart

    December 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Spurs will never above GUNNERS!!!!!!

    • Nelson

      December 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

      You better be prepared to eat your words. Spurs talent may not be as deep as the Manchester teams but Arsenals is even more shallow. If Persie gets injured forget a top four finish. Regardless of that, Spurs will be #1 in London this season.

  3. np

    December 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Think they have the 3rd best first team right now but are one or two injuries away from dropping down places. Agreed about the europa league…not being in the competition helps spurs and they know this (which is why the reserve side played in the europa league).
    Long term – Spurs need to make the champions league in order to keep players like modric (who wanted out this year) and bale (its only a matter of time before one of the big boys come knocking). Big part of spurs is also adebayor who man city may try to sell abroad rather than sell to spurs in the summer if spurs do really well and finish second.

  4. Harry

    December 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Definitely fiction. They are the third best team in the EPL behind City and United. Spurs may have the second best starting lineup in the league but they are by no means the second best as they aren’t consistent enough like United to be second best.

  5. Ryan

    December 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    As a Spurs fan I could see the argument being made that we have the 2nd best starting XI (when healthy) or that the team is on the 2nd best run of form, but I don’t believe we’re deep enough and we’ve caught some untimely injuries at Christmas with a congested fixture list. I see Spurs finishing in a Champions League spot, but 2nd place is likely out of reach.

  6. hank

    December 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Certainly if they maintain their current form they will be. So far though, most of their games against the other “big 6” teams have been at home (with the exception of Man U), so the second half of the season may be a bit tougher.

  7. Debit Card Daddy

    December 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

    They looked awsome for the first 15 minutes, but Spurs did not have a good second half against Chelsea and were lucky to get the point. They need to win big games like that to be considered second best.

    • Andrei

      December 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Fact or fiction: Gareth Bale is the best EPL player. I guess it is part of this Spurs mania that I don’t quite get. Anyway I agree that Chelsea were the better team on Thursday. Perhaps OP is implying that Chelsea is the best team in Premiership 🙂

  8. TaylorD

    December 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Tottenham suck and they’re already knocked out of the Europa league

    • Evan

      December 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

      It could help them in the long run by being knocked out.

      When everyone is fit they are able to make a huge push for the league. But their squad is too thin right now in my opinion to deal with multiple injuries and keep up the same kind of results.

  9. MG

    December 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Spurs will fall.

  10. Fernando

    December 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Based on form they’re second best I suppose but the table doesn’t lie. I think Spurs with their game in hand have a fantastic opportunity to eclipse expectations this year.

    Publicly Spurs will admit to nothing but if they keep winning and take advantage of their game in hand they have the attackers to beat all opponents. At the minimum one of Chelsea and Arsenal is looking at finishing fifth this year.

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