The final Champions League spot is there for the taking this season with a number of clubs dropping points in recent weeks.
Having seen Manchester United draw at Burnley on Tuesday evening and West Ham secure a slender win over Watford, Spurs missed a glorious chance to edge closer to fourth following a late 3-2 defeat against Southampton.
Antonio Conte’s men were on course for an important win courtesy of Son Heung-min’s strike but subsequently threw away their lead with the visitors going ahead eight minutes from time.
Plenty of football still has to be played between now and May and there will be a number of twists and turns in the race for fourth over the coming weeks and months.
So who exactly do the top-four contenders have to play before the next international break in March? football.london takes a look.
13/02 – Wolves (H)
19/02 – Man City (A)
23/02 – Burnley (A)
26/02 – Leeds United (A)
07/03 – Everton (H)
12/03 – Manchester United (A)
20/03 – West Ham (H)
The next few weeks are going to be crucial to Tottenham’s top-four hopes with some big games coming up, including their next two against Wolves and Man City.
Away games at Burnley and Leeds are never easy and Everton will also be in desperate need of the points come March due to their recent poor form.
Conte’s men then face two huge games before the international break with showdowns against Manchester United and West Ham likely to have a say in where exactly they finish come May.
13/02 – Leicester City (A)
19/02 – Newcastle United (H)
27/02 – Wolves (H)
05/03 – Liverpool (A)
13/03 – Aston Villa (H)
20/03 – Tottenham (A)
West Ham also have a bit of a tough run coming up and will have to improve after some poor results in recent weeks.
The Wolves, Liverpool and Tottenham games will be key given all have European aspirations, while the matches against Leicester City and Aston Villa will be tricky with both Midlands clubs looking to finish in the top half.
Newcastle United are also in need of the points in the battle to stay up.
12/02 – Southampton (H)
15/02 – Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
20/02 – Leeds United (A)
26/02 – Watford (H)
06/03 – Man City (A)
12/03 – Tottenham (H)
20/03 – Liverpool (A)
Manchester United really need to pick it up over the next two months after a mixed set of results despite having a favourable fixture list.
The Red Devils’ games in February do look kind on paper before things really get tricky at the start of March.
Encounters against Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool will be pivotal to their top-four hopes.
10/02 – Wolves (A)
19/02 – Brentford (H)
24/02 – Wolves (H)
06/03 – Watford (A)
13/03 – Leicester City (H)
19/03 – Aston Villa (A)
Arsenal are right in the mix for a top-four place after not featuring in the Champions League since 2017.
Not facing any of the traditional top-six before next month’s international break, it really is a good chance for the Gunners to put themselves in a good position ahead of the final push.
However, their games against the Midlands clubs will be far from straightforward.
10/02 – Arsenal (H)
13/02 – Tottenham (A)
20/02 – Leicester City (H)
24/02 – Arsenal (A)
27/02 – West Ham (A)
05/03 – Crystal Palace (H)
12/03 – Everton (A)
18/03 – Leeds United (H)
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Wolves could potentially be dark horses for a Champions League spot following an outstanding run of form.
Currently six points off fourth heading into Thursday’s game against Arsenal, victories in their next two vs the Gunners and Tottenham will send out a huge message.
Wolves do have some big away games on the agenda but they will fancy picking up points in their home fixtures.