Premier League: Solid Spurs the value for a top-four finish

Andre Villas-Boas could steer Spurs into the top four

Despite their unremarkable results and disappointingly low goal count, Lewis Jones thinks Tottenham aren't far away from clicking into gear and is urging everyone to lump on a top-four finish...

"Spurs are just five points off league leaders Arsenal and have three more points at this stage than last season, where they missed out on a top-four finish just one point."

Just keep calm and carry on. That's the message Andre Villas-Boas will be sending out to his team over the next few weeks despite the negative vibes surrounding the way Tottenham are going about their business this campaign.

With 11 games gone, the north Londoners haven't exactly set pulses racing with their style of play, but it's hard to argue with a return of 20 points from 33, conceding just six goals along the way.

They are just five points off league leaders Arsenal and have three more points at this stage than last season, where they missed out on a top-four finish just one point.

The main grumble punters seem to have with Tottenham is their inability to score goals but as the 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United showed, tactically, Spurs are very organised and attack regularly with plenty of purpose.

It's hard to be too critical of Villas-Boas after that Newcastle defeat as his side were repelled by an extraordinary performance by goalkeeper Tim Krul, who admitted himself it was the best 90 minutes of his career.

Admittedly, Spurs were poor in the first half and let Newcastle's explosive counter-attacking prowess flourish but after the oranges were dished out, they upped the tempo and controlled every aspect of the game.

The Dutch stopper made an incredible 14 saves - the most in one Premier League game since 2007 - using all parts of his body, including his head, to deny the Tottenham strikers.

Goalkeeping heroics, and a fair bit of wayward finishing too, have been a constant theme to Spurs' start to the campaign.

They have created the most chances in the Premier League, laying on 161 opportunities in their 11 games so far, proving that Villas-Boas' tactics are being reciprocated by his players and all that is missing is the end product.

The simple law of averages suggests that if they continue to create so many opportunities, someone is going to be on the end of a thrashing sooner rather than later and their goals for column will start to look far more bulky.

With this expected goal-glut to come between now and Christmas, it's therefore very surprising to see their price for a top-four finish drift out to 3.3512/5 following the Newcastle defeat. That is a complete overreaction by the market to what was another controlled and defensively sound performance.

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