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Tottenham's attacking prowess won't be enough to win the Premier League

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Despite Tottenham topping the scoring and assist charts ahead of their Premier League title rivals, it will not be decisive in winning their first league title since 1961.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have scored 56 goals in the league this campaign, three more than league leaders Leicester City, four more than Manchester City and ten more than local rivals, Arsenal.

However, they trail the Foxes by five points, and despite being joint top for the amount of assist makers in their team - eight - of the top four clubs, they still have a lot of work to do to end up champions.


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Who would have thought that at the beginning of the season that Dele Alli would be top of their assist charts, and sending Spurs on their way to domestic glory? Probably just the MK Dons fans had any genuine belief that could happen. But for all their goals and threats going forward this season, it won't be enough.

Both Spurs and Leicester have won 33.3% of the games they've played against last season's top four, to date. Only bettered by Arsenal, winning 40% of their fixtures against Chelsea, City and Manchester United.

Arsenal have kept the most clean sheets of the current top four, with 14. However, they are 11 points short of Leicester, with their title hopes all-but over. And Leicester's gung-ho approach in the early stages of the season saw them concede regularly, having to outscore their opponents, and have since tightened up at the back - now with one clean sheet more than Spurs and one less than City.

So perhaps consistency is a factor that is currently deciding who will win the league? Well, no. Leicester's biggest winning run is four, bettered by Tottenham, with six, and City and Arsenal with five. Although, consistency could be a decisive factor during the run in, with the title likely to be decided on the final day of the campaign.

And bizarrely, despite a horrendous season for Chelsea, it is they who boast a 14-game unbeaten streak - the longest in the Premier League this season. Although it is fair to say it is too late for them to make a shock title charge, currently 25 points short of Leicester.

The Foxes are averaging 13.13 goals from their top three scorers, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki - producing 40 goals between them. An impressive statistic for a team that was destined for the drop back in August.

In a campaign that has continued to spring up surprises, it is hard to judge what will decide who will be crowned champions. The only team that can afford a defeat at this stage is Leicester, although Ranieri will be hope to continue working the magic that has got the Foxes to the summit of the Premier League.

Regardless of how many goals Tottenham continue to create for the remainder of the campaign, the only thing they can guarantee will keep them in the race for the title is to continue winning their games. No pressure.

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