Tottenham Hotspur has been tipped to finish above Liverpool by Lewis Jones in a startling claim on Sky Sports. Here is what his analysis contained:
He started, “Are we now in a period of a big two not just a big six? The markets would have you believe so but I’d like to go one further and suggest we’re living in a Premier League era of a ‘big one’. Steady….
All the pre-season chat has centred around whether you’ll be backing Manchester City () or Liverpool () for the Premier League title after the pair pulled 25 points clear of the chasing pack. It was a title race that will live long in the memory for the pure standard of football played under intense pressure over the last two months of the season.
Many are expecting a repeat battle. In my eyes, those of that persuasion will only be half right as Manchester City, who finished the season with 14 wins on the bounce, look set maintain and even build on their record-breaking form with arguably the league’s best player Kevin De Bruyne now fit.
Meanwhile, Liverpool may struggle to repeat their heroics.
Squad depth remains a cause of concern, especially in forward areas. Liverpool managed to avoid long-term injury issues to their key men last season while defeats against Wolves in the FA Cup and Chelsea in the Carabao Cup showcased that apart from 13 or 14 players, Liverpool do lack the quality that City possess in reserve. Jurgen Klopp has built a quite extraordinary team at Anfield but to hit the same heights as last season seems a big ask. They look short in the markets.
This slight vulnerability regarding Liverpool’s title credentials certainly opens the door for a team to finish behind City in second. At 5/1 it’s certainly worth taking a chance on Tottenham to follow Guardiola’s team home (straight forecast: 1st: Manchester City, 2nd: Tottenham).
Mauricio Pochettino is the master of improvement. Every year his Tottenham team go to the next level both individually and as a unit. To make the Champions League final considering the restraints Pochettino found himself under in terms of transfer budget, stadium chaos and injuries was an accomplishment that deserved more hullabaloo.
With Harry Kane, the best centre-forward in Europe, refreshed after a rare summer off and Spurs settled at their new imperious home, the odds for them to chase home City in the title race are ones to snap up.