Spurs' title credentials to be tested


Tottenham Hotspur's current blistering run of form has led many to suggest Harry Redknapp's side are genuine title contenders.

Ten wins and one draw in 11 matches suggest Spurs are more than capable of stringing results together, with the north Londoners currently on a charge that has lifted them to third in the Barclays Premier League table.

After briefly flirting with second place on Saturday and a game in hand still in the bag, it's easy to understand the positive mood around White Hart Lane. Even losing in the Europa League is being greeted as good news!

Looking closer at the run, home wins against Arsenal and Liverpool are the stand-out results, whilst a 2-2 draw against Newcastle at St James' Park was another impressive performance.

But the key to this good run has been winning games against the 'lower' sides. Spurs' Achilles heel in the past has been to drop points against the likes of Bolton, Blackburn and West Bromwich Albion.

All three have been dispatched in the current run with an efficiency unusually seen at the Lane, with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Ewood Park possibly the pick of the bunch.

Losses to Manchester United and Manchester City remain the key blotches on the Tottenham record, although turbulence within the ranks over instrumental playmaker Luka Modric have since been quelled, and the Croatian is once again pulling the strings in midfield.

With Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Scott Parker completing the line-up in the centre of the pitch, Redknapp has a midfield four which stands-up against anybody in the league - including City. The key decision will come when the manager must decide to adopt a 4-3-3 formation and go man-for-man with Roberto Mancini's side, or stick to his current attacking principle with one behind the striker.

It's a decision that can wait until next month, with that clash currently penciled in for January 22nd.

Before then, a case could easily be argued that Spurs could remain undefeated with a little bit of luck over the festive period. Chelsea are their only opponents in the top seven, and they travel to the Lane on December 22nd.

Sunderland, Norwich, Swansea, Everton and West Brom will all pose their own particular threat, but Stoke this weekend could be the hardest of all the matches ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Whilst Tony Pulis' side don't poses the superstar names at Stamford Bridge, their brand of football makes the Britannia Stadium a particularly tricky place to play football.

"The Britannia Stadium might be the place to find out whether Tottenham are the real deal this season," concludes Lou Macari.

"We've been fooled by Spurs in the past, haven't we?"

Nobody will know that better than the club's own fans, but something seems that little bit different this season.

Whether it's a solidarity in defence or a more clinical front-line, things seem to be going their way at the current time. If they are still in the mix on January 22nd, then we can continue the conversation with gusto.

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