Tottenham Hotspur are one of the biggest names in English football, yet for decades, they’ve played second fiddle to their North London neighbors, Arsenal. That was until the 2016-17 season, when Spurs placed higher than Arsenal for the first time in 22 years. Just as Manchester City have shrank the disparity with Manchester United, Spurs have done the same with Arsenal. Tottenham are the best performing team in the Premier League since 2015, finishing third and second, respectively. Can they win it all in coming seasons?
Tottenham, in 1961, were one of the first teams to win the league and F.A. Cup double. Since that team, led by Danny Blanchflower, ‘The Lilywhites’ have struggled to win silverware. In fact, 1961 is the last time that Tottenham Hotspur finished top of the pile. Since then, Spurs have won the F.A. Cup twice, in 1981 and 1991.
In 1981, Ricky Villa scored one of the most mesmerizing goals in F.A. Cup history, winning the F.A. Cup 3-2 in a replay with Manchester City that will live in the memory of the attending fans forever:
Tottenham would be back in the final 10 years later, this time facing off against Nottingham Forest, themselves quite a force in the old First Division at the time.
It was Nottingham Forest who went 1-0 up when Paul Gascoigne made not one but two awful fouls, giving Stuart Pearce the chance to slam home a free-kick. But despite losing their talisman Gazza so early in the game, Spurs recovered to win thanks to an equalizer from Paul Stewart and an unlikely own-goal from Forest’s Mr. Consistent, Des Walker.
The action from that game 25 years ago still looks as fresh today:
Spurs have won the league cup twice but haven’t been able to win the Premier League or Champions League.
Spurs challenged for the title with Leicester City in 2015-16 and were runners up in 2016-17. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Erikssen and Mauricio Pochetino, a fabulous, forward-thinking manager, have equipped Tottenham with the ingredients to thrive. The question is, can they keep their team intact and will they jump the final hurdle and win the Premier League crown in coming seasons?
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Tottenham League Standings
Tottenham are one of England’s eiite teams and are expected to be fighting for the top four positions in the league for years to come. Can they finally win a Premier League crown?
How To Win Tottenham Bets
There is no doubt that Tottenham is going to be a major challenger for year’s to come. With the creative dynamism of Dele Alli, Christian Erikssen, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, they have plenty of ammunition to make another title challenge.
The bookmakers made Spurs fifth favorites at +650 prior to the 2016-17 season. They finished runners up, showing how good they really are. Coincidentally, Spurs finished the season with the fifth best away record. In the end, it was their away record that prevented them from winning the Premier League crown.
Spurs were by far the best team in the league at home. They didn’t lose a single game in 19 home games at White Hart Lane. Utterly dominant in North London, you’re safe backing Spurs at the Lane. However, Tottenham will play their 2017-18 home matches at Wembley while their new home stadium is being built.
Spurs didn’t play well at Wembley in the Champions League or Europa League so it will be interesting to see if they can adapt quicker in the new campaign. If they can adapt well, look for Spurs to compete for the title once again.
They can almost score goals at will and have the best defense in the league as well. Tottenham are the youngest team in the Premier League are expected to win a title soon. If they don’t, Spurs face the challenge of keeping their team intact. Tottenham owner Daniel Levy doesn’t pay his players nearly as much as other big teams, which could backfire in coming seasons.
Spurs are a great futures pick, especially for the 2016-17 campaign. Also, back the overs market more often than not. Avoid the overs market when Tottenham play on the road, though. Their usually prolific offense struggles on the road. If they can turn a few road draws into wins, look for Tottenham to win the Premier League title for the first time since 1961.
Back the under in almost every away match.