Last season Tottenham qualified for the Champions League by finishing in 3 rd place in the league. This season we assess where will Tottenham finish this season and why they might struggle.
World Cup Effect
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were heavily involved in the World Cup. Not only that most of the players went into the latter stages of the tournament.
Spurs have had a total of 12 players involved in the World Cup of which 9 reached beyond the quarterfinals. That means they were in action until mid-July. So, they will have less time for recovery than who went home by June end.
Inactivity in the transfer window
Every other top side in the league has recruited at least a couple of players except Spurs. Jurgen Klopp is breaking the banks in the Merseyside while Mauricio Pochettino has chosen to remain quiet in the transfer window.
No doubt Tottenham have a strong squad with talented players but it’s always to add more quality particularly when you had a great season with them. But the problem persists, their squad depth will remain same and they won’t have back up for their fatigued players until they sign someone.
Let’s assume that Mauricio Pochettino will address the previous two issues or at least he still has time to do something about it. But he can’t do anything about the this.
In their first five fixtures spanning over a month, they play Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United, Watford and Liverpool. That’s two games against Premier League’s ‘top 6’ and a game against a promoted side.
In the previous two seasons, they had relatively kind opening fixtures. That led them to reasonable starts. In the 2016-17 season they won three of their first five fixtures and drawn two, and last season they won two and drawn two of their first five fixtures losing just one.
Here is the latest Premier League odds
Tottenham Premier League odds 16/1
Tottenham Champions League odds 25/1
Tottenham FA Cups odds 8/1
Tottenham EFL Cup odds 8/1
*Odds accurate at time of writing! 24/07/2018 12:17 p.m