Posted on December 30th, 2018
For many, this Premier League season is shaping up to be a two-horse race. Defending champions Manchester City look like they are going to have their work cut out if they are to be the first team to win back-to-back titles since 2009.
A look at https://www.paddypower.com/football/english-premier-league for Paddy Power’s latest Premier League outright odds suggests that even though they are currently favourites they might not have it all their own way.
That’s because it seems as if Liverpool have their number their season: they’re going into the busy Christmas period as the only team still unbeaten in the Premier League. Whether they can go the distance and win the title remains to be seen, but perhaps we need to start asking another question.
That being whether Tottenham can close the gap to the two clubs above them and in turn be considered genuine title-contenders. We may well get our answer, if they continue to grind out hard-fought Premier League wins across the next few weeks and months.
You can read about the perfect example of this in the Guardian at https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/15/tottenham-burnley-premier-league-match-report, in the report on their recent win over Burnley, one that took a desperately late winner from substitute Christian Eriksen to break the resolve of Sean Dyche’s men. In seasons gone by, that would have more than likely ended up in a frustrating draw for Spurs.
But this season, Mauricio Pochettino’s men seem to be displaying far more resolve, you could even say a gritty determination is much more evident this time around. Something that has perhaps been fostered due to a lack of signings over the summer.
It’s almost as if Tottenham are taking on an us-against-a-footballing-world stance this season and more often than not it is a mentality that seems to be paying dividends. Not only are they currently third in the Premier League but they have also reached the Champions League Round of 16.
A feat that was almost miraculous in its achievement when you consider that they earned just one point from the first nine that were available, however an excellent second half of their group phase fixtures saw them book their place in the knockout phase in dramatic fashion.
Admittedly they may have needed PSV Eindhoven to do them a huge favour away at Inter Milan, but at the same time that should not take away the performance that Tottenham offered up against Barcelona. A tie that, in all fairness, they should have won, when you consider the number of chances they had.
But even though it was only a draw at the Camp Nou, the BBC said here www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46511856 that Spurs were rewarded for their attacking performance. Indeed, the display almost showed that this young Tottenham team are really starting to reach a level of maturity that can be the difference between being the trophy-winning bridesmaid rather than the bride.
And that result in Catalonia is one that will certainly set them in good stead for the second half of the Premier League season, especially when you consider that the club have a habit of really finding form over the festive period.
Add the fact that there is now a real possibility that their move back home will finally be complete and that could prove to be a real shot in the arm in terms of their title hopes.
They may be flying under the radar at present, but that could well end up being the exact position that this Spurs side want to be in if they are to finally get over the title-winning line.