How likely do the bookies think it is for Spurs to win the title?
It's been a very solid start to life after Harry Kane for Tottenham. Under new boss, Ange Postecoglou, Spurs have been back to their free-flowing best in many games so far this season. After their opening 22 Premier League games of the 2023/24 campaign, Spurs are averaging almost two points per game. With 43 points to their name, Tottenham sit just eight points behind league leaders, Liverpool.
Can Spurs claw back an eight-point deficit to win their first Premier League title this term? A quick glance at the latest outright odds suggests not. Betfair, which is considered by many to offer some of the most competitive prices across its sportsbook and exchange, currently prices Tottenham as 30/1 fourth favourites. The Flutter-owned sportsbook also happens to have one of the highest-rated welcome bonuses by www.oddschecker.com, which may be of interest for those wearing white-tinted spectacles among the Spurs faithful.
Reasons to be cheerful for Tottenham's second half of the season
Although eight points feels like quite the chasm to make up given that Liverpool have lost just once all season, there's every reason that Spurs can close the gap in the coming weeks.
They have a positive, ambitious manager
Spurs might have drifted out of the title frame slightly in the last couple of months, but that hasn't stopped Postecoglou insisting his team can still win the title recently. The Australian wants supporters and players to aim high, which is a refreshing shift in managerial style for Spurs fans.
Postecoglou is someone who continually looks for the positives. He believes the team's performances have been largely consistent for most of the season, despite losing four in five games through November and early December. Since that setback, Spurs have got back on the saddle impressively, with only a 4-2 defeat at Brighton taking the gloss off a solid December and New Year period.
February and March look very kind
If Tottenham are to truly challenge for the title, they need to seriously push to win their next six or seven games in succession. Fortunately for Postecoglou, the fixture list has been very kind to them for the next couple of months.
Spurs play three times in February, with a trip to lowly Everton, followed by home clashes with Brighton and Wolves. Everton are playing better than their league position suggests - given the Toffees' points deduction disappointment - but Spurs will still fancy their chances to play on their relegation fears and turn the screw at Goodison Park.
Tottenham will then be keen to right the wrongs of their 4-2 loss at Brighton in the reverse fixture. Brighton have been surprisingly off colour of late, winning just three of their last 16 games. Wolves are also a team which blow very hot and cold and are struggling for firepower in the final third.
As we move into March, things start to get even more interesting. Spurs are at home again on 2nd March with a London derby against Crystal Palace. The Eagles have slid down the table of late, to the point that they're hovering only six points above the drop zone at the time of writing. Spurs are then back on the road against Aston Villa, in what is undoubtedly their toughest test of this two-month stretch. However, Villa are probably the least likely side to maintain their current pace and points trajectory, so Unai Emery's side could be a slightly different proposition come the second week of March.
Another London derby with inconsistent Fulham then follows at Craven Cottage, before hosting a Luton Town side who are defying their pre-season critics but tend to pick up the majority of their Premier League points on home soil.
Savvy January additions
Postecoglou has been transparent about the lack of headroom for the club to recruit heavily in the January transfer window. However, the business Spurs have done looks likely to bolster their first team. Former Chelsea forward, Timo Werner, is back in the English game after agreeing a loan switch from RB Leipzig, with an option to buy the German for £15.5 million this summer. Werner is a dynamic inside forward who is well-suited to Postecoglou's high-octane, front-foot style of play.
The only deal where money has exchanged hands so far in the January transfer window was for Romanian full back, Radu Dragusin. Spurs paid £21.5 million to Serie A outfit Genoa for the 21-year-old's services. Dragusin is a versatile defender, who is comfortable as a wide centre back or a ball-playing full back. His height and physical presence make him a serious prospect for Spurs.
For the first time in 14 seasons, Spurs were without European football. This could certainly play into Tottenham's hands over the coming months. Postecoglou will hope to rotate and keep his players fresh, as well as welcome back some of his injured troops, not to mention the likes of Son Heung-min from international duty at the Asian Cup.
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