Is Now the Time to Stake Large Sums on Spurs?

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Knees up at White Hart Lane 001-118” (CC BY 2.0) by Martin Hesketh

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed one of their finest campaigns in living memory last season as they fought for the title until the final stages and ended up in a respectable third place. There is no doubt that they are a team transformed under Mauricio Pochettino. The Lilywhites kept hold of all their key players from that campaign and have also brought in a few new stars who are fitting in well. Most importantly, they are the only team to remain undefeated after eleven games. Could now be a good time to bet on Spurs for the title?

As the Premier League prepares to resume after the third international break of the season, Spurs are fifth in the table on 21 points. In what is shaping up to be the tightest title race ever, the London outfit are only 5 points off first-placed Liverpool. Even though there is so little in it, Spurs can currently be backed at odds of 22/1 with some bookmakers, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City ahead of them in the pecking order.

For those that think Spurs may have it in them to mount a serious title challenge, the prime time to bet is now. During Harry Kane’s absence Pochettino’s men had a short dry spell, but now the England striker is back they could be up there with the goals again. If Spurs return to action in emphatic style, bookies are sure to slash those odds. They play West Ham on Sunday and, with odds of 11/20 to win, they are primed to begin building momentum again.

West Ham are currently languishing above the drop zone, and have conceded a whopping 20 goals already. This should give Harry Kane a golden opportunity to recapture his form of last season when he went on to win the Golden Boot (see below) with 25 goals to his name.

Spurs’ strongest asset this season has been their tight defending, and they have proved that they have the ability to shut any team out. This has already been pivotal in crunch ties against their title rivals, as they beat Manchester City and held Arsenal to a draw. The Lilywhites have only conceded 6 goals so far whereas Liverpool, City, and Arsenal have all let in ten or more. When Arsenal won the league without losing a single game they ended up conceding a total of 26 goals. If Spurs can keep up this defensive solidity they stand to beat their rivals’ record.

Although they are flying high in the league, Spurs have been struggling in Europe. They currently sit third in their Champions League group, and are at risk of failing to qualify for the knockout stages. This may, however, be a blessing in disguise. Part of the key to Spurs’ domestic success last season was the fact that they had such a settled squad. If they progress deep into the Champions League, Pochettino will be forced to rest and rotate his players. An early exit from Europe could therefore improve Spurs’ chances in the league.

Spurs easily have what it takes to fight for the title right until the final day of the season. And if Pochettino’s men go on to recreate Arsenal’s Invincibles, bettors who failed to wager on them at these tantalising odds will be devastated. 

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