After Emmanuel Adebayor clinically disposed of Everton in a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane, Spurs fans remained gleefully silent.
On the other hand, fourth-placed Liverpool steamrolled Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield, leaving the Kop in awe at the sheer pace and quality of the football produced by the attacking trifecta of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.
Evidently, the prospect of Champions League football for Liverpool seems inevitable, following the way the media and the rest of the country embraced their dominance over a lack-lustre Arsenal, a performance which leaves them 3/10 to qualify for the Champions League.
Contrastingly, the vast majority of football fans remained coy following Spurs’ victory over Everton, as Paddy Power ranks them at 10/3 to qualify for the Champions League, with just three points separating the two sides.
However, Liverpool’s home record at Anfield is simply phenomenal, as they have grabbed 34 points out of a possible 39 available in front of the Kop. Nevertheless, the Anfield faithful still have to welcome Spurs, Manchester City, Chelsea and Newcastle before their home record provides a genuine reflection upon their dominance in the Premier League.
Alternatively, Spurs’ record at the Lane has seen them receive 21 points from a possible 39 in front of their home fans. Regardless, Spurs still have to entertain Arsenal and Southampton, who are the only teams left in the top half of the Premier League yet to play at the Lane. Consequently, they haven’t played any of the current bottom three (Fulham, Cardiff or Sunderland) at home.
Although Spurs’ home run of fixtures looks glorious in comparison to Liverpool’s, it would be ignorant to forget December 15 at White Hart Lane. As Liverpool ran riot over Spurs 5-0, courtesy of goals from Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson, Sterling and two more from Suarez. In turn, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Spurs, which led to the eventual appointment of Tim Sherwood, who has since revitalised both Spurs, and Adebayor.
Obviously, the race for fourth place doesn’t all boil down to winning at Anfield every time you play there, it also takes into account how you perform away from 50,000 Liverpudlians. Comparatively, Liverpool have received 16 points from a possible 33, which obviously provides a stark contrast to their blitzing performances in front of the Kop. Their disastrous record, includes a 3-1 pasting from Hull City, and just four points from playing the rest of the teams in the top six.
Whereas Spurs have only lost to Manchester City and Arsenal away from home this season, with just Chelsea and Liverpool from the top-six left to play. Spurs have dropped just ten points away from the Lane, which leaves them second in the overall away record table.
To finalise, Spurs still have the Europa League to play in, although their fixture list looks incredibly favourable. Therefore, I predict Adebayor firing Spurs into fourth, followed by Suarez leaving Liverpool. Bold, brave, and could turn out incredibly wrong.
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