Saturday 8th March: Chelsea vs Tottenham
Sunday 16th March: Tottenham vs Arsenal
Sunday 30th March: Liverpool vs Tottenham
In the aforementioned fixtures it is vital Tottenham win at least two if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season. Not that Tottenham's other matches are not important, it goes without saying they are, but with the gap between 1st and 5th only 7 points, every game the top 5 play against each other is essentially a six pointer.
This is where I have a worry for Tottenham, they have always failed miserably in their encounters with the big teams. In the last five encounters with Chelsea they have drawn three times and have been thrashed twice (4-2 and 5-1). In fact Chelsea are unbeaten against Tottenham in the lat 8 games. You have to go back to April 2010 for the last time Tottenham beat Chelsea (2-1).
Against Arsenal, Tottenham have only won once and have lost four times in the last five matches. Admittedly Tottenham have a favourable recent record against Liverpool, in the last five matches Tottenham have won three times. However, it should be noted those three games won were when Liverpool were at their lowest ebb. Since Liverpool's improvement in January 2013, Tottenham have lost twice to Liverpool and it is this run of form that should be looked at more as a guide to what might happen.
Of course some might argue if Tottenham win all their other matches, it does not matter what happens in the three aforementioned matches.
Certainly this is Tim Sherwood's view on what might be in store for Tottenham. In a recent interview he stated: "I haven't looked at it [the table], maths isn't my strong point but I would say we can only possibly afford to lose four or five games maybe of what we have got left".
Whilst I agree with that logic history suggests Tottenham will struggle to gain consistent results when the Europa League restarts.
After Tottenham beat Dinamo Tbilisi they lost to Arsenal; when Tottenham beat Aston Villa in the Capitol One Cup they drew with Chelsea; after Tottenham beat Anzi they were thrashed 3-0 by West Ham; after beating Hull in the Capitol One Cup Tottenham drew to Everton; after beating FC Sheriff Tottenham lost to Newcastle; Tromoso's defeat courtesy of Tottenham was followed by a 2-2 draw to Manchester United; finally, a 4-1 win against Anzhi was followed by Liverpool thrashing Tottenham in their own backyard.
With the Europa League starting next week Thursday, Tottenham could experience a dip in form like they did earlier in the season. If that does happen they need to take points off their rivals to ensure they stay in the hunt.