Tottenham’s gradual acclimatisation to Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical persuasions have inflicted mixed fortunes on the Lilywhites in the opening exchanges, but a post-international break surge is about to propel them towards the Premier League’s upper echelons.
A trip to Manchester City is next up for the north Londoners, with a price of 8/5 saying they’ll avoid defeat against the champions for just the second time in seven meetings.
It may seem implausible on the surface, but the Citizens have failed to win three Etihad outings already this season and, judging by recent Spurs streaks following mid-season pauses, they’re not entirely without a chance here.
The fact that they’ve only won once in the league since the previous enforced hiatus represents something of an anomaly when these figures are taken into account:
Tottenham’s early-October defeat to West Ham last season was pivotal in Andre Villas-Boas’ demise, but prior to that Spurs had won five out of six following the September stoppage.
Excursions after the break in the tenth month saw them best four of six adversaries before inexplicably succumbing to Newcastle, then after England’s 4-2 loss to Sweden in a midweek November friendly Spurs laid waste to four of five foes…after losing 6-0 to Manchester City.
Five Lilywhite wins from seven came between mid-September and the October breather, though fortunes were far bleaker following that two-week respite, with four defeats falling in the seven games contested.
After kicking off the campaign with two losses from as many outings, Spurs motored to five victories in seven in what was a particular fruitful post-international period.
Arsenal and Liverpool were among those vanquished.
Their October form was of similar ilk, with a draw and three wins falling in their first four games back in action, while November brought three successive league wins after the mid-month interval.