Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has set a target of maximum points from his side’s remaining five Premier League fixtures to ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League through a top-four finish.
Spurs lost valuable points yesterday when they were well beaten at home by Norwich and are now clinging on to fourth place by their fingertips.
Although Chelsea failed to take full advantage of Spurs’ slip-up, with their 1-1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage leaving them two points off Redknapp’s side, Newcastle moved alongside the Lilywhites on points after beating Bolton 2-0 at the Sports Direct Arena.
Redknapp was still targeting a third place finish ahead of Arsenal at the end of March, but the Gunners are now two points clear of their north London rivals with a winnable game in hand against Wolves to come tomorrow evening.
Redknapp: “Now it is a case of the team which has the best last five games and we have to make sure it’s us.”
This makes Spurs 7/2 outsiders to finish above Arsene Wenger’s men – with Arsenal 9/50 favourites to keep their noses in front – and Redknapp has lowered his sights to securing fourth position ahead of Newcastle and Chelsea.
However, even this won’t be easy as the Magpies and the Blues are in much better form than Tottenham and Redknapp knows his side needs to improve in order to keep their Champions League aspirations alive.
“We have got to look to win all five games really,” the prospective England manager told the BBC after the 2-1 loss to Norwich at White Hart Lane.
“Now it is a case of the team which has the best last five games and we have to make sure it’s us.”
Tottenham are still odds-on to finish in the top four with bwin at 11/20, with Chelsea available at 9/4 and Newcastle at 7/2.
But while Tottenham look to have the easier run-in, it is Chelsea and Newcastle who carry the momentum, making their respective odds of 9/4 and 7/2 far more tempting than Tottenham’s price of 11/20.
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