Will Tottenham Fans Suffer Champions League Agony Again This Season ?

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Tottenham Hotspur will finish just outside the top four, according to our predictions.

Where will your side finish in 2012-13? With the season just one week away, our pundits have put our heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.

Opinions and analysis on all 20 Premier League clubs are given here by 12 of our writers and pundits here at HITC Sport. On the basis of the predictions from our 'daring dozen' we have calculated how the table will look come next May.

How does it work? All the predictions are totalled together, the team with the lowest score will finish 1st, and the highest will finish 20th. Here are the predictions for your club.

Verdict - Tottenham will finish in: 5th

Highest prediction: 5th, Lowest prediction: 9th.

Dan Coombs: 5th; There will be more agony for Spurs fans as they miss out on the Champions League again, but a disappointing summer in the transfer market will be to blame. Gylfi Sigurdsson will be a fine addition, and a star man this season, but the big names have not arrived as supporters have hoped, and with only Defoe as a real out and out striker at present it is hard to expect Spurs to finish above fifth. A new arrival may be around the corner, and Villas-Boas may bring cup success this season, but fifth is a realistic expectation at this point.

Vic Daniels: 9th;  The lack of a proven striker will mean that Spurs struggles to score goals. A top 10 finish is the best fans can expect.

Mathew Nash: 5th; Star Player – Gareth Bale. Top Scorer – Gareth Bale. Not quite good enough again for Spurs this season and I can see Liverpool and Newcastle really pushing them hard this season. The star man will be Gareth Bale, who should have a goal laden season as long as he stays fit, not forgetting the exploits of Scott Parker in the heart of the team.

Tomo Taka: 6th; The appointment of Andre Villas-Boas is a gamble and will depend on the talented Tottenham squad to embrace his philosophy. The Tottenham job however unequivocally suits the young Portuguese manager better than the Chelsea task he was attributed but he will struggle early on. Unlike at Chelsea, Levy will give Villas-Boas time and will see them finish in a Europa League place but it may be another season before Tottenham fans see the heightened rewards of his appointment. Best player will be Bale. Bale the type of dynamic player that AVB will enjoy working with and Bale should thrive under his management. Jan Vertonghen will prove to be a good signing offering reliable and ever-present assurance in defence and will soften the blow of Ledley King’s retirement. Biggest Challenge will be how Andre Villas-Boas performs; he should be wary not to make the same mistakes as he did at Chelsea. Fundamentally, how the Tottenham squad adopt his footballing style will be paramount to their success. Another concern is how they handle Modric’s desire for a move. Levy is playing a dangerous game. Whilst it is unforeseeable that Modric will happily continue playing at Spurs, his presence in the dressing room could be toxic if he were to stay. Understandably Levy wants to extract the maximum fee but they risk going into transfer deadline day with no other option to sell Modric but with no time to find a suitable replacement.

Jake Lane: 5th; Spurs did very well to finish in the top four last season but were left reeling Chelsea’s Europa League condemning, Champions League win. Although Andres Villas-Boas will have a positive effect at White Hart Lane, the impending loss of Luka Modric and Emmanuel Adebayor’s permanent signing now looking unlikely, they will miss out on Europe’s top club competition again but this time because of their league position – Gareth Bale will not be able to achieve this for them on his own.

Nigel Owen: 5th; Forget the excuses, Villas Boas wasn't good enough at Chelsea, and I'll be surprised if he's good enough at Spurs. He certainly won't be able to match Harry Redknapp's achievements, especially without the mercurial Luca Modric. £10m is a lot for a centre half, even a Dutch Footballer of the Year. I thought Spurs would have gone for a more sensible name proven in English football, like David Moyes, and I do fear they will be standing still this season under the ex-Chelsea boss, especially trying to balance the demands of Europa League football again - remember last year they played a lot of youngsters in the Europa League. As a result, will find themselves outside the top 4 again. They have too much quality to fall too far, however, and there is no club pushing to run them close, as I don't expect Newcastle to be able to improve again. Without Modric, Gylfi Sigurdsson will be under pressure to perform from the word go, but some of that pressure could be lifted in Rafael Van der Vaart hits the ground running, and plays more than the 28 league games he has managed each of the last two seasons. 24 goals from those 56 starts is a good return, but another few appearances, and another few goals might just mean Spurs continue to worry the top four about their ongoing Champions League participation.

Surya Solanki: 5th; Have made some good singings in the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen, but still lack a decent poacher in front of the goal. As exciting as they may seem, it is hard to see Spurs toppling any of the above four teams this season, unless they spend some more this summer.

Paul Moore: 5th; Just like Liverpool trying to adapt with Rodgers I think it will take time for Spurs to play the AVB way. I can't see Defoe staying at the Lane. Ledley King will be a major miss.

John Aggrey: 6th; Will end up sixth because; they missed Champions League football last time right? Or rather Chelsea made them miss? Harry went home and Boas got his way back to England. Hoping Adebayor becomes a Spurs player and depending on how fast Boas learns his way round the team, a sixth place finish won’t be a bad one on his first season. Their Star man should be; Depending on Mourinho’s pursuit, then Modric should be key for Tottenham should he stay. With super crisp passing and a good run off the ball and on the ball, Villas-Boas needs to try and keep him at all costs Biggest Challenge; Keeping a proper mental head especially after losing a winning streak. Boas needs to try and help his team overcome a bad run of results something Redknapp was not able to do perfectly over time.

Naveenan Thanendra: 5th; Andre Villas-Boas finds himself in a tricky position in taking over the reigns from Harry Redknapp. While the squad is very strong, sustaining their place in the top 4 looks unlikely. Although, they have strengthened at centre back by getting Vertonghen in, the age old problem up front persists and unless it is addressed 5th will continue to be the realistic target. In addition, the longer the Luka Modric saga persists, the tougher it will be for AVB to keep his squad from being disrupted by it. If there is to be any success at White Hart Lane, they need to bring an end to the Modric fiasco and sign a top calibre striker as soon as possible.

Keval Shah: 5th; AVB will be looking to put an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea behind him and start fresh. Partial to an attacking, free-flowing style of play, he could not wish to have inherited a more suited squad. Spurs have managed to keep hold of their most valued asset in the form of Gareth Bale for at least another season; however Modric it seems cannot wait to book his one way ticket to Madrid. Combined with the fact they still can’t tie up Adebayor’s contract, I am happy to predict a finish outside the top four for Spurs.

Khiam Barry: 5th; AVB will look to resolve to Modric saga. I would sell him and use the money to bring in two new players. Van der Vaart, Bale, Lennon and Defoe offer the attacking threat and Steven Caulker is emerging as a fine, young centre half.

Connor Jipps: 5th; Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy has gone for broke this summer. Harry Redknapp paid the price for Spurs' failure to secure third place as he found himself out of work, replaced by former Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas. AVB will be given more time and backing by the Spurs faithful and board but he will need to hit the ground running if Spurs are to reach the potential that their squad can. Early signs have been good in the transfer window with Jan Vertonghen's drawn out move finally completed with plenty of time left for the Belgian to settle in and beating Liverpool to the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson will have pleased Spurs fans. Both players have looked good in pre-season unlike David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Sebastien Bassong, all squad players that AVB will most likely be looking to move on to add more funds to the clubs coffers. In Gareth Bale, Spurs have possibly the most exciting out and out winger in world football when he is on his game and there seemed to be good chemistry between the Welshman and Emmanuel Adebayor last season. Which brings us to Tottenham's main problem, the strike force. Louis Saha has been allowed to leave and the previously mentioned Adebayor has finished his loan spell at the club and returned to Manchester City. Spurs were said to have agreed a fee for Adebayor but the move has hit a snag with wages an issue, leaving the club with just one recognised first team striker, Jermain Defoe. Leandro Damiao has been linked with Spurs for an eternity, and Tottenham will hope that his performances at the Olympics won't have fluctuated his price too much. If neither Adebayor or Damiao are purchased before next weekend's opening game, Spurs could find themselves in a horrendous position as Defoe simply isn't good enough to independently lead the line. Andre Villas-Boas is a good manager as he showed at Porto but will go into this season with many doubters and critics waiting for him to trip up. Sadly for them it looks as if AVB has learnt from his previous mistakes if pre-season form is anything to go by and I think Spurs will continue to challenge for the Champions League spots. As a Spurs fan myself I will have to take the pessimistic route though and predict that the club will miss out by whiskers and have to settle for Europa League once more.

Full predicted table: (1) Manchester City, (2) Manchester United, (3) Chelsea, (4) Arsenal, (5) Tottenham, (6) Liverpool, (7) Newcastle, (8) Everton, (9) Fulham, (10) Sunderland, (11) Aston Villa, (12) Stoke, (13) QPR, (14) Swansea, (15) West Ham, (16) West Brom, (17) Norwich, (18) Reading, (19) Wigan, (20) Southampton.

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