Spurs have been in decent form lately after an impressive 5-1 victory last weekend which importantly saw Harry Kane net a hat-trick. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not ever really hit top gear but are starting to look like a side capable of finishing in the top four even if they do sit currently in 6th. They are unbeaten since the opening day although a string of draws had held them back. Now they look more settled with four wins in their last six games. They do have a big few weeks coming up including an away trip to Arsenal and a home game versus strugglers Chelsea. With Harry Kane firing this could be Spurs’ time who so often have fallen short when it matters. Chelsea’s woes make for the perfect opportunity.
Liverpool did not look capable of breaking into the top four at the start of the season although with a managerial change and Jurgen Klopp at the helm there is a lot more enthusiasm from the Liverpool fans. Klopp though has been trying to manage expectations, branding himself as ‘the normal one’ on signing for the club. Two successive draws don’t hint at a major comeback under the German but with Roberto Firmino fit again perhaps Klopp will start imprinting his style. If they sign in January they could also be in a good position to pip Spurs to fourth.
3) West Ham
West Ham are currently sitting in 3rd, two points off of the top after a great run of form. Under Slaven Bilic the club have been in great form, beating Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in their fine run of form. The Croatian has them picking up the points and you’d expect them to win again against Watford at the weekend. If Andy Carroll can remain fit and happy then they have a very effective and awkward striker. Even without him the club do have options and Bilic is proving that he can throw a spanner into the works. West Ham lack the squad depth and resources of Liverpool and Spurs but will certainly enjoy flying high.
Southampton have shown glimpses of quality this season although they are two games without a win and currently sit in 8th. That being said Ronald Koeman kept them competitive for much of last season. The 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge was perhaps their best performance of the season, dismantling the Champions without even breaking sweat. The quality in the squad is superior to West Hams, with Mane and Pelle a very effective forward combination. Like with West Ham though over a long season they are definite under dogs to Spurs and Liverpool who are better equipped to sign reinforcements in the January window.