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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premier League Season
for 2016-2017 - Matchday 20

Everybody is talking about Dele!

There was talk after our fantastic win over Chelsea win about Spurs having been under the radar regarding a tite challenge this season. Well, that is no longer the case, as five consecutive wins, and this much-deserved two goal win have well and truly put Mauricio Pochettino's teama on the map, and in amongst the six recognised title contenders. Chelsea are still favourites, of course, and they still have a five point lead over Liverpool, who are in second place. We are now seven points behind the leaders.

Not only were the press full of Spurs the morning after the win, but they still carry two or more Spurs stories today, two days after the match. Needless to say, everybody is talking about Dele Alli!

Dele Alli is the first midfielder in the Premier League era to score two goals in three consecutive games. He now matches Harry Kane's 10 Premier League goals this season, joining him in joint fourth place in the current goalscorers' chart.

There was a great stat shown on Sky TV's coverage regarding the top Premier League goalscorers since the start of last season, when Dele made his debut. Dele is in the top 10 scorers, and is the top midfielder in that list level with Leicester's Mahrez, who made many headlines last season, but has not made the same impact this time around. Jamie Vardy has only scored 5 goals so far this season, and the form of those two (plus the sale of Kante to Chelsea) has no doubt had a major impact on Leicester's poor title defence. Here is that top 10:-

Premier League goals 2015-16 & 2016-17 (up to and inc. 04.01.17)

Aguero - 35 (11 this season)
Kane - 35 (10 this season)
Lukaku - 29 (11 this season)
Vardy - 29 (5 this season)
Costa - 26 (14 this season)
Defoe - 26 (11 this season)
Sanchez - 26 (13 this season)
Giroud - 22 (6 this season)
Alli - 20 (10 this season)
Mahrez - 20 (3 this season)

Remember, Dele is still only 20! Needless to say he was voted your man of the match with a massive 9 out of 10 vote. Already there is talk of what Alli might be worth on the transfer market, and the fact that certain big European clubs already have their eyes on him.

Credit must go to Victor Wanyama, who was massive for Spurs this week, as he has been all season. Victor scored 8.7, which could be the best ever second place grading given by Spurs Odyssey voters.

Spurs recorded their fifth Premier League win against Chelsea (all at home) and Chelsea have now managed just one win in their last 10 games at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are 6 points better off than they were after 20 games last season

Referee Martin Atkinson got his best score from Spurs fans since the first game for which we collated referee gradings. That was an FA Cup win over Fulham 6 years ago.

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Premier League results 02-04.01.17

M'brough    0-0   Leicester
Everton     3-0   S'hampton
Man City    2-1   Burnley
S'derland   2-2   Liverpool
West Brom   3-1   Hull
West Ham    0-2   Man Utd
B'mouth     3-3  Arsenal
C.Palace    1-2   Swansea
Stoke       2-0   Watford
Spurs       2-0   Chelsea

    Barclays Premier League Table

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

 1. Chelsea   20 16  1  3  42-15  27   49 
 2. Liverpool 20 13  5  2  48-23  25   44 
 3. Spurs     20 12  6  2  39-14  25   42
 4. Man City  20 13  3  4  41-22  19   42
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 5. Arsenal   20 12  5  3  44-22  22   41 
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 6. Man Utd   20 11  6  3  31-19  12   39
 7. Everton   20  8  6  6  28-23   5   30
 8. West Brom 20  8  5  7  28-24   4   29
 9. B'mouth   20  7  4  9  29-34  -5   25 
10. S'hampton 20  6  6  8  19-25  -6   24
11. Stoke     20  6  6  8  24-32  -8   24
12. Burnley   20  7  2 11  22-31  -9   23
13. West Ham  20  6  4 10  23-35 -12   22
14. Watford   20  6  4 10  23-36 -13   22
15. Leicester 20  5  6  9  24-31  -7   21
16. M'brough  20  4  7  9  17-22  -5   19
17. C. Palace 20  4  4 12  30-37  -7   16
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18. S'derland 20  4  3 13  19-37 -18   15
19. Swansea   20  4  3 13  23-45 -22   15
20. Hull      20  3  4 13  17-44 -27   13

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