Spurs face steeper challenge as Villa extend point advantage

Tottenham's 4-0 loss to Newcastle was a tough blow, but with Aston Villa's Sunday win over Arsenal, the task of finishing top-four has become all the more troublesome.
Arsenal FC v Aston Villa - Premier League
Arsenal FC v Aston Villa - Premier League / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

If Spurs' 4-0 defeat at St. James' Park wasn't enough of a blow to morale amongst the Tottenham faithful, Aston Villa's 2-0 victory at the Emirates surely was.

As The Lilywhites enter into the final weeks of the 23/24 campaign, every match matters, both for them and for the clubs they're competing with for a place on Europe's biggest stage.

The Villains now sit in fourth, with three points in hand after 33 games played, compared to Tottenham's 32.

For anyone whose been following Spurs' list of fixtures, it's well-known that the rest of April and the matches in May won't be doing the North London club any favors; Ange and co. will have to go up against Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City during that span, the three clubs who currently hold the top positions in the table.

Comparatively, Villa's set-list looks like a dream.

While Unai Emery's team will have to play Liverpool on May 13th, the rest of their matchups include Bournemouth (13th), Chelsea (9th), Brighton (10th), and Crystal Palace (14th) (Sky Sports).

Of course, nothing is given when it comes to a league as competitive as England's top-flight. Nevertheless, the performances simply have to be better from Spurs, no matter who they go up against.