Tottenham Hotspur facing crucial spell


Tottenham Hotspur, despite going four games in a row without a win, face a make or break trio of games that could well define their season. First up is reigning Premier League champions Leicester City, followed by Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, then a trip to the Emirates stadium to face an in-form Arsenal side.

A strong run of five wins in the trot in the League has put Spurs where they are at the moment, but if they don’t start turning draws into wins, there is a real fear that they will lose crucial ground at the top of the table. Since defeating Manchester City at home with goals from Dele Alli and an own goal from Aleksander Kolarov, they have drawn three and lost one of their last four. The goals have dried up since Harry Kane has been sidelined and his stand in Vincent Janssen, who scored 27 last season for AZ Alkmaar, has yet to find the net for his new club.

They face Leicester on Saturday, and while the visitors have yet to find some consistency, the Champions welcome back Jamie Vardy, and will have no fear from a team that failed to beat them in the league last season (drawing one 1-1 and winning at White Hart Lane 1-0).

After that match, a tricky tie in the Champions League awaits against Bayer Leverkusen. The first match of this double-header finished 0-0 and in such a tight group where only three points separate top and bottom, nothing less than a win here would surely be regarded as a failure, and with an away trip to Monaco (who have already beaten Tottenham) looming, first place in the group may well be out of their grasp.

The trio of high pressure matches finished with the North London derby and theoretically, an Arsenal win could see them move seven points clear of their rivals. and even at this early stage in the season, a seven point gap may well be too much to overcome, especially with the teams above Spurs in the league showing such good form. Both matches in the league last season finished with a share of the points with Harry Kane scoring in both. Tottenham will be hoping that the talismanic striker , who has now returned to training, reaches tip-top condition by then at the latest.

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