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Premier League: Inconsistency hurting Tottenham’s top-four chances

Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur are firmly in the hunt for a return to the Champions League but Spurs will need to improve their consistency if they are to finish in the Premier League top-four this season.

A 2-1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers was a prime example of Spurs slipping up in games they should be winning.

Here’s a look at Tottenham’s chances of finishing in the top four in the Premier League standings come the end of the season.

It all comes down to fourth spot

Unless something dramatically changes in the race for the Premier League title, it looks like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City will occupy the top three places, although in what order remains to be seen.

If that’s the case, Postecoglou’s Tottenham look to be one of a handful of teams that are battling it out for fourth spot on the ladder and a return to the Champions League for next season.

Tottenham’s consistency has been an issue, with their last back-to-back wins in the Premier League coming back in December when they managed three victories on the bounce.

However, since Christmas, Spurs have failed to record back-to-back league wins and currently find themselves in fifth place on the ladder.

Fortunately for the north London outfit, their rivals who are challenging for that fourth spot are also struggling for consistency.

Fourth-placed Aston Villa have won three of their last eight games, while Newcastle United have also dropped points in winnable games against the likes of Luton Town and Bournemouth.

In-form Manchester United pose the biggest threat but it will be interesting to see how they get on against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool over the coming weeks.

Top-six will still take work

While Spurs will be going all out to finish in the Champions League qualifying places, they will still require a strong end to the campaign to guarantee a top-six finish.

When it comes to finishing in the top-six, the likes of Brighton, West Ham United, Chelsea and even Wolves enter the conversation.

There is a congested mid-table once again in the Premier League this season and a number of teams are capable of making a late push for a top six-finish.

Spurs face tricky run in

While Tottenham’s final two games of the season are favourable with a home game against Burnley followed by a trip to Sheffield United on the final day, the run before that is about as tough as it gets in the Premier League.

The preceding four games to that clash with the Clarets sees Spurs travel to Newcastle, before hosting reigning champions Manchester City.

Spurs then host rivals Arsenal, before a trip to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Newcastle, Man City, Arsenal and then Liverpool in consecutive games will really test Spurs’ credentials for a top-four finish this season.

With the challenging run down the line, it’s vital for Spurs’ top-four hopes that they pick up significant points before those fixtures in April and May.

Even the final two games against Burnley and Sheff Utd could be challenging if the pair are still battling for their Premier League survival.

Qualifying for the Champions League would represent a strong first season for Australian tactician Postecoglou in the Premier League and Spurs are 2.00 to finish in the top four, while they are currently 1.071 for a top-six finish.

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