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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premier League Season
for 2017-2018 - Matchday 38

Matchday 38 round-up

Erik Lamela was your man of the match for the Leicester game, just edging out Harry Kane. Both players scored two goals, and Harry's pair took him to 30 Premier League goals for the season, and 41 club goals in all competitions this season. That makes a total of 108 Premier League and 140 club goals for Harry, who will have to wait till next season now to overtake Jermain Defoe (143) and Cliff Jones (159) in the all-time Spurs' scorers' list. If he scores as many for the club next season as this, Harry will also overtake Martin Chivers to become our third highest goal scorer in all competitions. Still - one season at a time, eh Harry?

This was Lamela's third man of the match vote this season. His last was in the FA Cup replay against Newport, and the first was also against Leicester in November. That was Erik's first appearance of this season, and also since October 2016. In the away game at Leicester, Erik came off the bench when we were two down and at least provided the assist for Harry Kane's goal in a 2-1 defeat.

Erik is a "marmite" player in the eyes of Spurs fans, but he did receive favourable comments regarding his steel, and of course for the two goals. It was Erik's touch which was also turned into his own net by Leicester's full back Fuchs.

There were several creditable performances from Spurs players including skipper Hugo Lloris, and Kyle Walker-Peters who started only the first and last Premier League games of the season. Kyle has already been rewarded by the club with a new contract, taking him to 2021 now. We live in faint hope that Toby Alderweireld will agree a new contract, but don't hold your breath. Already some negative press stories are surfacing about the club regarding transfer policy, wages and even rumours about manager Mauricio Pochettino. It's going to be a long summer of speculation, unless the club can wrap up most of its business before the World Cup. I doubt that!

One of the stats that has struck me this season is the fact that only the top six clubs finished with a positive goal difference. Apparently the last time this happened was in the 19th century in the mid 1890s! Those top six clubs this season had a combined goal difference of +250.

Manchester City have broken seven records this season. Most points, wins, goals, away wins; biggest goal difference, biggest title-winning margin and least time trailing their opponents. We will all be playing catch-up next season!

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Still to come from Spurs Odyssey are our monthly review, and a review of the season with chosen matches of each month!


Results 13.05.18

Burnley    1-2   B'mouth
C. Palace  2-0   West Brom
Hds'field  0-1   Arsenal
Liverpool  4-0   Brighton
Man Utd    1-0   Watford
Newcastle  3-0   Chelsea
S'hampton  0-1   Man City
Swansea    1-2   Stoke
Spurs      5-4   Leicester
West Ham   3-1   Everton

      Premier League Table - 2017-18

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

 1. Man City  38 32  4  2 106-27  79  100 C
 2. Man Utd   38 25  6  7  68-28  40   81
 3. Spurs     38 23  8  7  74-36  38   77
 4. Liverpool 38 21 12  5  84-38  46   75
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 5. Chelsea   38 21  7 10  62-38  24   70
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 6. Arsenal   38 19  6 13  74-51  23   63
 7. Burnley   38 14 12 12  36-39  -3   54
 8. Everton   38 13 10 15  44-58 -14   49
 9. Leicester 38 12 11 15  56-60  -4   47
10. Newcastle 38 12  8 18  39-47  -8   44
11. C. Palace 38 11 11 16  45-55 -10   44
12. B'mouth   38 11 11 16  45-61 -16   44
13. West Ham  38 10 12 16  48-68 -20   42
14. Watford   38 11  8 19  44-64 -20   41
15. Brighton  38  9 13 16  34-54 -20   40
16. H'dsfield 38  9 10 19  28-58 -30   37
17. S'hampton 38  7 15 16  37-56 -19   36
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18. Swansea   38  8  9 21  28-56 -28   33 R
19. Stoke     38  7 12 19  35-68 -33   33 R
20. West Brom 38  6 13 19  31-56 -25   31 R

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