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Premier League: Run-in may scupper Spurs' top-four hopes

Ange Postecoglou has certainly made an impact in his first season in charge at Tottenham and the Lilywhites remain firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League with just six games left to play.

Spurs are currently priced at 2.62 to finish in the top four, as they trail fourth-placed Aston Villa by three points, although they do have a game in hand over the Europa Conference League semi-finalists.

With a tough run-in on the horizon, the Londoners may have to settle for a place in the top six, with Postecoglou’s side as short as 1.005 to make sure of that position.

Postecoglou and his players currently have the luxury of a week off due to the FA Cup semi-finals, with their next fixture a showdown with deadly north London rivals Arsenal late on Sunday 28th April.

Gunners clash crucial for both sides

When a refreshed Spurs side return to the field at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on their local rivals, the Gunners will have already played twice between now and then, as they face Wolves and then Chelsea.

The results of those matches could have huge bearing on the derby clash, with the Gunners under pressure to avoid any further slip-ups as they seek to pip both Manchester City and Liverpool to the Premier League title.

The north London derby at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season ended in a 2-2 draw, with Son Heung-Min scoring both goals for the visitors, but a draw this time around would not satisfy either side.

Away double-header a tough ask

Having taken on Arsenal, Spurs are then confronted by two away games in four days and both look extremely tough, as they make the short trip to take on Chelsea and then head to Anfield for a showdown with Liverpool.

Not long ago the Blues would have represented a side there for the taking, but former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino finally appears to be getting a tune out of his players and will no doubt relish the clash with his former employers.

That match comes on the morning of Friday 3rd May and Spurs are back in action in the early hours of the following Monday, when they visit a Reds outfit who appear to have hit the buffers in recent matches.

Having edged a 2-1 victory over the Merseysiders at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this season, Spurs will be aware that this fixture last season ended in a 4-3 Anfield reverse - with Son scoring in both of those games.

Rearranged City clash complicates finale

After three huge and difficult-looking matches, Spurs return to home comforts for a visit from Burnley in the early hours of Sunday 12th May, with the Clarets struggling to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

The same can be said of final-day opponents Sheffield United, who look certain to have been relegated long before the final day of the season on Monday 20th May.

That double would have offered a more than decent chance of a strong finish in what could be a tense race for a Champions League spot, but Spurs now have the added complication of a showdown with Man City inside the final week of the season.

The Citizens head to north London on Wednesday 15th May and are almost certain to be embroiled in an ongoing title battle.

However, Spurs can take massive heart from the fact that they have won their last four home league meetings with the Citizens without even conceding a goal.

So, should Spurs somehow arrive in the final week of the season still in with a top-four shout, those final three fixtures could offer them an opportunity to overhaul Villa and gain handsome reward for an adventurous first campaign under the auspices of Postecoglou.

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