Date:Tuesday November 20 2012
I think that by New Year most clubs would agree they can generally see the way their season is heading.
Therefore I decided to take a look at our next 10 games, as well as our closest rivals to see how it could pan out. Potentially Spurs have the easiest next ten games. West Brom, the surprise of the season in 4th, also play some relatively easy teams, but also face Arsenal and United away. Also, only 4 of the 10 games are at home.
Everton in 5th perhaps have a tough test. They have successive games against Arsenal (h), City (a), Spurs (h) and Stoke (a), as well as matches against Chelsea (h) and Newcastle (a). Arsenal arguably have the easiest of the fixtures on paper, with successive away games next against Villa and Everton. Their final game of the 10 is City (h), although that is followed immediately by Chelsea and Liverpool. Liverpool themselves are moving up the table but face Spurs (a), Stoke (a) and United (a) in that time. They also play 6 of the 10 away from home.
West Ham have by far the toughest games. The face successive away games against Spurs and United, followed by matches against Chelsea (h), Liverpool (a), West Brom (a), Everton (h) and Arsenal (a). I can see them sinking fast. Newcastle also face 6 away games out of 10, including trips to Stoke, United and Arsenal as well as a strong-at-home Norwich.
Spurs meanwhile have the opportunity to get quickly back on track. Successive home wins against West Ham and Liverpool could see us nearer fourth than mid-table. We then have away games against Fulham and Everton, which could be tricky, but I for one will be hoping to at least see some injury affected players coming back around then. We then face Swansea and Stoke, both at home, before Xmas, followed by trips to Villa and Sunderland. New Years day sees Reading at home, with QPR away two weeks later. I really do believe we can still be in the hunt for 4th, if not 4th itself, at the turn of the year.
It is a crunch time for AVB, and I would go so far as to say that if he were to lose against Lazio, West Ham and Liverpool then he could be out of a job. But I don't think that will happen. In fact it could just be that with a little luck, the return of Dembele and Parker, and YOUR SUPPORT AT THE LANE, that we could go on a little run of wins that sets us up nicely for the transfer window in January.
Written by sebbaspurs
Date:Tuesday November 20 2012
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