Tottenham have clawed their way back to fourth place in the Premier League with three successive wins. They are now level on points with Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion making the filling in the =4th/26 points sandwich. Tottenham have six more matches until the end of the Christmas/New Year fixtures which finish on 1st January, 2013 with a home game against Reading. A good haul of points from those games could see Tottenham well positioned going into January.
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Sunday, 9th Dec. Everton (a) [currently 6th/23 points] – a difficult match especially without Gareth Bale
Sunday, 16th Dec. Swansea City (h) [7th/23 points] – an interesting game in prospect after Swansea’s win at the Emirates
Saturday, 22nd Dec. Stoke City (h) [9th/22 points] – improving Stoke are always difficult to beat
Wednesday, 26th Dec. Aston Villa (a) [15th/14 points] – a game Spurs would expect to win
Saturday, 29th Dec. Sunderland (a) [17th/13 points] – a ground where Spurs have difficulties but a game to win
Tuesday, 1st Jan. Reading (h) [19th/9 points] – another game where Spurs would expect to take maximum points
How many points do you expect Spurs to take over the next month?
Those are 6 games where Tottenham could win every one of them but there dangers awaiting in every game. Everton have been in excellent form and are very difficult to beat as are Stoke while Swansea play with a fluency that could cause Tottenham problems. The three teams battling relegation, on paper it should be three points each time but over the holiday period they can be unexpected results and sometimes the teams threatened with relegation suddenly waken up to their difficulties and produce one or two results that go against the form. Injuries over the busy festive period is always a concern along with uncertainty over when injured players will return – Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale. With any additional injuries the squad available to Andre Villas-Boas would be considerably stretched to cope with the number of games to be played in the next four weeks.
At a conservative estimate I will give Tottenham 12 points but would hope for more.
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