Another last-gasp victory, this time at Swansea, took Tottenham to within four points of fourth-place and their continued splendour on the road must make them a solid bet for a top-four finish.
An enormous price of 7/1 says the Lilywhites qualify for the Champions League via their divisional standing, which when contrasted with the 2/5 about north London neighbours Arsenal achieving the same feat, ranks as an excellent price.
It’s not just the Gunners shorter than Spurs though.
There’s a mind-boggling 5/1 about Southampton landing a top-four berth and an even more astounding 11/2 can be had about can’t-buy-a-win Liverpool pulling it off.
Given the Reds’ plight, one would need to be richer than an oil sheikh’s only son and more reckless than an inebriated Evil Knievel to back them at 50’s to finish fourth or higher, let alone the odds on offer, while the Saints’ Premier League nose dive shows no signs of abating.
As Manchester United improve by the week, it leaves Arsenal as Spurs’ only realistic rivals for a top-four finish.
Just two points better off, it’s tough to fathom why Arsene Wenger’s men are afforded such comprehensive favouritism in this particular duel.
Their home form isn’t much better than that which Spurs have been so frequently chastised for this term (they’ve picked up five more points than what Tottenham have managed at White Hart Lane), and they don’t look anywhere near as reliable on their travels.
Defeats at Swansea and Stoke could’ve been far heavier in truth as weaker opposition exploited Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies to score five goals across these two games.
Spurs may not be demolishing sides of similar standing, but they have a successful formula in place for getting the better of them, with their Swans slaying a third road win in four.
With two games against Leicester, Crystal Palace and two meetings with Burnley to come as part of their next fixture sextet, they have an excellent opportunity to clear a path into the top-four so don’t delay to get a bet on before their generous price is significantly slimmed.