Arsenal vs Spurs: Who Will Take The Final Champions League Spot?

The battle for the fourth spot is beginning to heat up and with it, a place amongst Europe's elite next season is at stake. Who'll win? An Arsenal and a Spurs fan look into their crystal balls to find out...
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The battle for the fourth spot is beginning to heat up and with it, a place amongst Europe's elite next season is at stake. Who'll win? An Arsenal and a Spurs fan look into their crystal balls to find out...

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An Arsenal and a Spurs fan get their crystal balls out to see who will come 4th. (Assuming Man City don't totally lose the plot, Chelsea have enough metal to secure third and Everton fall just short due to thinness of squad.)

Tottenham Hotspur

03/03/13 Arsenal (H) – 3 Points

The big north London derby coming at the beginning of March at White Hart Lane. Spurs may've lost the last two encounters at the Emirates Stadium, but haven't lost in the last three at home. Arsenal have rediscovered their form, having drawn with Southampton and lost to Manchester City and Chelsea, winning three of their last four. However, while the Gunners secured a win against their rivals back in November, it'll be Andre Villas-Boas' side that come away with all three points

10/03/13 Liverpool (A) – 1 Point

Anfield is regularly a daunting place to visit, but this season is different for Brendan Rodgers' side with the Reds picking up just six wins out of 13 games in Liverpool this season. Spurs have picked four points from a possible nine at Liverpool in their last three trips to the red half of Merseyside, and were the only team to win at Anfield in the Premier League in the 2010/11 season between January and May. However, while the form has been irregular for Liverpool at home; they've drawn three and I can see them adding another point to the tally from the encounter.

16/03/13 Fulham (H) – 3 Points

Another return to White Hart Lane for fan favourite Martin Jol, it could well turn out to be a disappointing trip across London for Fulham. The Cottagers have picked up just 10 points on the road this season and haven't beaten Spurs in their last five Premier League encounters, losing all five. If Spurs want to secure fourth place, this is a must win game and the most likely result for Villas-Boas' side is a victory.

30/03/13 Swansea City (A) – 1 Point

The hipster's choice of Premier League team, Swansea City have continuously impressed football connoisseurs with their free flowing approach to the game. However, Michael Laudrup's side have picked up just five wins at the Liberty Stadium this season, compared to the seven Spurs have won on the road. The Swans 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane this season was perhaps unfortunate, but I can imagine this resulting in a draw between the two sides, much like last season.

06/04/13 Everton (H) – 3 Points

Everton have picked up just two wins from their last nine games away from Goodison Park, but in turn have lost just three times on the road all season. However, the Toffees have enjoyed the better record against Spurs, winning three of their last five, but haven't won their last three trips to White Hart Lane. Despite this likely to be a tight game between two sides battling out for a top four finish, Spurs' home record will see them over the finish line for all three points.

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13/04/13 Chelsea (A) – 0 Points

Chelsea may not be on the best of runs at present, but their record over Spurs is one that will see the north London side succumb to their first defeat since the loss to Everton at Goodison Park. Spurs haven't defeated their London rivals in all competitions since 2010 and with the encounter at Stamford Bridge; it'll be the Blues that will come away with the win, regardless of the form of Rafa Benitez's side.

20/04/13 Manchester City (H) – 1 Point

This could be the encounter that sees Manchester City relinquish the Premier League crown back to rivals Manchester United, should the latter win every game between now and then. Spurs haven't defeated the Citizens since their 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium back in 2010; a game that ensured the London side would be playing Champions League football the following year. With Roberto Mancini's position at City looking untenable, this game is winnable, but the quality available to the Italian means they'll scrape a draw, but concede the title in the process.

27/04/13 Wigan Athletic (A) – 3 Points

The final months of the season is regularly the time Wigan Athletic rediscover the winning formula that has been so devoid at the DW Stadium all season long. The Latics secured a memorable 1-0 win over Spurs at White Hart Lane and Villas-Boas' side will be eager to extract some form of revenge over their Premier League counterparts. However, Spurs have enjoyed a certain level of success at Wigan, winning two and drawing one of the last three games. You can add a third win in four for Spurs following this encounter.

04/05/13 Southampton (H) – 3 Points

They may've sacked Nigel Adkins, unfairly so I might add, but Southampton remain equally impressive, if not more so under Mauricio Pochettino. The two sides may not have met in the Premier League at White Hart Lane since 2004 - an encounter that resulted in a 5-1 win for Spurs - and with Saints likely to be staving off the threat of relegation, will likely put on a strong performance in north London. However, the quality available to Villas-Boas and fans will be expectant of a win for the hosts and with it; a league double over Pochettino's side.

12/05/13 Stoke City (A) – 0 Points

Up until recently, Spurs enjoyed a decent run against Stoke City, but have succumbed to defeat during their last two trips to the Britannia Stadium, albeit one penalty shootout loss to the Potters in the Capital One Cup last season. Stoke held Spurs to a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane earlier this season and the north London side have faltered against teams that often put men behind the ball. Unfortunately, a defeat for Spurs is the likely result in this one, such is their struggles against Tony Pulis' side in recent years.

19/05/13 Sunderland (H) – 3 Points

The final game of the season and one that could decide Spurs' European fate next season. Sunderland have endured a poor run of form this season away from home, picking up just three wins from 13. Spurs have also won four of the last seven encounters between the two sides and will be confident of adding to that on the last Premier League game of the year. With the quality of players available to Villas-Boas overpowering that of Martin O'Neill's options, I can only see a win in the fixture.

Final Point Total

24 out of 36

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Arsenal

03/03/13 Tottenham (A) – 1 Point

With Arsenal four points behind, this is the game that the Gunners need to win if they are to close the gap. This necessity could see us go at them all guns blazing - unfortunately our defence is a nightmare so expect to see them pick us off at the back. We’ll be lucky to come away with a draw.

09/03/13 Everton (H) – 3 Points

There are those that will argue Everton are in for a shout of the top four, but they haven’t got the squad to compete with Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea over the long haul. They’re organised and have a great player in Fellaini but at the Emirates they’ll come up short and it’ll be Thursday nights on Channel 5 again for Moyes’ men. (OK I know it’s on ESPN and ITV4 now but that doesn’t sound quite as good.)

16/03/13 Swansea (A) – 0 Points

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but recent history would suggest that’s b******s. Arsene really should buy Michu this summer just to buck the trend of getting beaten by this lot.

30/03/13 Reading (H) – 3 Points

This lot are useless. If Arsenal can’t blow them away at the Library, we should give up football altogether.

06/04/13 West Brom (A) – 1 Point

This is just the sort of game that I expect Arsenal to slip up on, but I’ve been charitable and gone for a draw. They’re well drilled and we’re just not cohesive enough unit this season for us to break them down.

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13/04/13 Norwich (H) – 3 Points

I don’t expect this to be a pushover, but we’ve got so much more quality than Norwich that home advantage should make this a formality.

20/04/13 Fulham (A) – 1 Point

A string of poor results against the Cottagers has made be pessimistic about this one. We’ve only won two of our last seven against them and four have been draws – so that’s where I sense this one is heading.

27/04/13 Manchester United (H) – 0 Points

Once upon a time this would be a game Gunners couldn’t wait for; now we feel nothing but dread. United at home is even worse because that just means they get to humiliate us in our own house. Interestingly I missed the 8-3 thrashing because my newborn son was being circumcised at the time. I know which one was less painful to watch.

04/05/13 QPR (A) – 3 Points

They’ll make a good fist of this but this QPR side have got no spine and should go down easily.

12/05/13 Wigan (H) – 3 Points

Wigan have made us look like chumps before but on both occasions it was at their place. At home it should be different.

19/05/13 Newcastle (A) – 1 Point

This is not the sort of fixture you want to see at the end of the season. We’ve had some turbulent matches with the Geordies and it won’t be any easier if they’re fighting relegation. The last two games at St James have been draws and I expect this to follow suit.

Final Points Total

22 out of 36

FINAL LEAGUE POSITIONS

4TH SPURS 72 POINTS

5TH ARSENAL 66 POINTS

With Spurs already four points ahead Arsenal in the hunt for a Champions League, the prediction from both sides suggest that Andre Villas-Boas' side will stretch that to six come May, meaning that it'll the white half of north London celebrating not only a top four finish, but only the second time in Premier League history that they've finished ahead of the Gunners.

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