With the recent upheaval and poor results for Spurs many would feel that this season has been worse than last year with poor displays and three notable heavy defeats which contributed to Andre Villas-Boas being removed from post.
On The Slide?
Premier League Table:
2013-14: P 19 W 10 D 4 L 5 For 22 Ag 24 Pts 34 Pos 7th
2012-13: P 19 W 10 D 3 L 6 For 34 Ag 25 Pts 33 Pos 4th
In terms of League position Tottenham are not as well placed as last year when they were 4th ahead of Everton and WBA on goal difference. But at that midway point of the season Spurs were already 13 points behind Manchester United, 6 off City in 2nd place and 2 behind 3rd placed Chelsea who had a match in hand.
On the other hand, this season while Spurs are 7th they have gained one additional point and are much closer to the teams at the top in a very tightly congested Premier League, although the top three teams have recently opened up a small gap. Spurs are currently 8 points behind Arsenal, 7 behind City and 6 away from Chelsea. They are only 3 points behind Everton in 4th and 2 down on Chelsea. United and Tottenham are level on 34 points.
Comparison of Fixtures with 2112-13
December was always going to be a difficult month to have parity with last season as Spurs were undefeated in those 7 corresponding games, winning 4 of them.
When looking at the corresponding games with last season, the team has still won more points than they achieved last season, although the difference is now down to +1 compared with +2 at the end of November, +4 at the end of October and +7 at the end of September.
Crystal Palace* (a) + 2
Swansea (h) –
Arsenal (a) –
Norwich City (h) + 2
Cardiff City* (a) + 2
Chelsea (h) +1
West Ham United (h) -3
Aston Villa (a) –
Hull City* (h) –
Everton (a) +1
Newcastle United (h) -3
Manchester City (a) –
Manchester United (h) –
Fulham (a) –
Sunderland (a) –
Liverpool (h) -3
Southampton (a) –
WBA (h) –
Stoke (h) +2
* Palace, Cardiff and Hull results are compared with the relegated teams – Wigan, QPR and Reading
While there has been a feeling of doom and gloom around the club over the past two months with the poor results and performances, it is not as bad as we may have thought. Tim Sherwood’s 7 points from his first three League games in charge has lifted the mood as well as the goal tally and improved the style of play.
Looking forward to January, Spurs start with a difficult task at Old Trafford and need to win to match last season points tally. With FA Cup games next month there are only three other league games – at home to Crystal Palace, away to Swansea and the return game with Manchester City. Spurs won three of those matches last season. The games and last season’s results are recorded below:
Manchester United (a) Won 3 – 2
Crystal Palace* (h) Lost 0 – 1
Swansea (a) Won 2 – 1
Manchester City (h) Won 3 – 1
* Palace is compared with Wigan Athletic result
A win at Old Trafford would get 2014 off to the perfect start.
HAPPY NEW YEAR