One month ago, Tottenham were top of the league, with Chelsea hot on their heels, and we were set to play each other in what looked like an early season title-race six-pointer. Liverpool were in that mix as well, and while they’ve mostly lived up to expectations since (save for today’s surprising 1-1 Allardycing against West Brom), Chelsea and Spurs have done just about the opposite.
That hotly anticipated game would end in a rather dull 0-0 draw, though still confirming José Mourinho’s (first
ever since 2007!) Premier League Manager of the Month award and the budding title talk in both camps (which truly became a thing after Chelsea beat Leeds United in the next game).
However, since that 0-0, Spurs have picked up just 5 points in 5 games (1 win, 2 draws), and Chelsea have done little better with just 6 points (2 wins). The two teams have a combined five points (1 win) in their last four matches, including the one point Spurs managed against Wolves today, giving up yet another late goal to drop points. Mourinho’s Spurs have dropped seven (7!) points in the final ten minutes of their last four games. Hashtag-2020.
Tottenham accumulated 0.03(xG) in the second half against Wolves. pic.twitter.com/qAE30JHy51— The xG Philosophy (@xGPhilosophy) December 27, 2020
With Liverpool and Spurs both dropping points today, and Manchester United and Leicester City playing out a 2-2 draw yesterday, the upper half of the Premier League table remains incredibly congested — and not even all the games-in-hand for the various teams would really untangle this mess. Only four (4!) points separate second place Everton (29 points) from ninth place Southampton (25 points).
Chelsea are just ahead of Saints on goal difference, so our position isn’t disastrous, but it could quickly become one considering that we play Aston Villa (also on 25 points, better goal difference, and two matches in hand) and Manchester City (26 points, and one match in hand) next.