It has been an unusual season for Tottenham Hotspur thus far, with many flashes of brilliance but also damaging defeats and poor performances.
For every game where they turned on the style like in their 3-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund, there has been an underwhelming defeat such as the one away at Burnley. Spurs were in a great position to challenge for the Premier League title at that point, with only a five-point gap between themselves and the league leaders.
As soon as they got within inches of challenging there was a knockback that the side couldn’t recover from. The fact that this has happened twice only fuels more confusion from the fans’. Back in January, they could smell the top spot, but a shock home defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers pushed the club back to higher prices in the betting for the title. Granted, some fans would argue that they were never in the title race, but the league table often pointed to the fact that they were right in contention for the top prize.
They are no longer in with a chance of winning the Premier League, or any domestic trophy for that matter as some bookmakers now rank them as having the same chance as Manchester United of winning the league title. However, what could the club achieve this season to keep the fans pleased with the progression that has been made this season?
Spurs to win the Champions League (Currently 22/1 with Coral)
If Tottenham fans’ were told at the beginning of the season that they would get out of their Champions League group that also included Barcelona and Inter Milan before knocking out the team at the top of the Bundesliga; they probably wouldn’t have believed you. But that’s what they have done and in fact, most of their better performances this season have come in the European competition.
Many pundits expected the task of Dortmund to be too much for an injury-ravaged Spurs team, but their performances in both legs almost felt like a coming-of-age couple of weeks. The 3-0 success at Wembley was remarkable, but their win away in Germany two weeks later was a complete turn-around from the previous seasons’ capitulation against Juventus.
It remains unlikely that they will win the competition, especially considering they will be facing off against Manchester City in the quarterfinals, before possibly facing Juventus in the semi-finals. But Mauricio Pochettino will believe that his side can do the impossible; especially if they get through the wobble that they are currently experiencing.
Spurs to finish in the top four (Currently 8/13 with Coral)
The minimum expectation for Spurs must be to consolidate their place at the European top table. For much of the season it has looked safe, but as the season has progressed, it seems that their Champions League place might now be in danger. The upturn in the form of Manchester United and Arsenal has left Spurs fans sitting dangerously on the edge.
The bookmakers aren’t sure who should be finishing in the top four now with all the contenders at short prices. But it comes as no surprise that Spurs are the favourites since they are in the driving seat, but their final fixtures in the league aren’t the best. They still need to travel to Liverpool and Manchester City.
There will be an expected boost once they finally move in the new stadium which should happen before the end of the season and they will hope that the home form will spring them into next seasons Champions League because they need to be in the competition to attract the calibre of players that the new stadium deserves.
Harry Kane to finish top goalscorer (Currently 7/2 with Coral)
The England captain has enjoyed another excellent season this term, and it will be hard to suggest that he won’t add to his 17 Premier league goals. He is currently only one behind Sergio Aguero, but he will be looking to pull away from Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who are both also on the same tally for the season.
Kane will be looking to regain the Golden Boot after losing out to the Egyptian international last season. Another success this season will be his third win, leaving him only one behind the record of four set by Thierry Henry. Considering his age, few would bet against Kane overtaking the French legend before he calls time on his career. This season will be the toughest to date.