Tottenham Hotspur have a better chance of finishing in top four than their North London rivals Arsenal. In terms of league table, Spurs are leading by five points, though Arsenal have one game in hand. So, mathematically, it is difficult to choose between the two.
But based on what we have seen so far, we get a feeling that Arsenal’s syndrome of inconsistency will persist throughout the season while Spurs will carve out results on a regular basis. They haven’t been tremendous yet very effective.
Arsenal can score seven goals one day while struggle to find the net in the very next match. They have delivered some spectacular performances, but only in bits and pieces. On the other hand, apart from the stalemate draw with Stoke City, Spurs have been very consistent with the results, especially in the last five games. The team looks settled under Andre Villas-Boas and with injured players returning, the squad will be in tremendous shape for the second half of the season.
Spurs under Harry Redknapp became a sort of chokers. They used to start every season with a bang and then surprisingly choked under pressure and from a title challenging position, could only finish fourth or fifth. That has happened frequently and the manager is largely responsible for that. Under Villas-Boas, such things won’t happen probably. If they just keep on doing their job forgetting about other teams, their chances of finishing in top four is most likely.