It looks like it will be another case of 'close, but no cigar' for Tottenham once again this season.
With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.
Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.
We then added up all the points and:
Verdict - Tottenham will finish 5th
Highest prediction: 4th, Lowest prediction: 6th
Vic Daniels: 4th - Levy will ensure that the Bale money (or promise of it) is spent wisely and AVB will be able to significantly strengthen the squad. Champions League footie will return to White Hart Lane 2014 / 15.
Nick Harris: 4th - With or without Gareth Bale, Spurs have enjoyed an excellent transfer window, and in Roberto Soldado, they finally have a striker capable of firing them into the Champions League at the head of a powerful, talented team.
Callum Farrell: 4th - Based on Tottenham keeping hold of Gareth Bale, I think they have the quality to return to the Champions League. Andre Villas-Boas’ project is only improving and this season he will reap his reward.
Jamie Allen: 5th - The imminent loss of Gareth Bale will be damaging, but limited somewhat with the acquisition of Roberto Soldado. They’ll have to wait another year to topple their North London Rivals.
Ian Bolland: 5th - If Tottenham keep hold of Gareth Bale, they have a real chance of getting into the top four. They have spent well so far, but they may just miss out again.
Dan Coombs: 5th - De ja vu for Tottenham ? It's difficult to predict given the ways the Gareth Bale saga could yet play out, but the biggest problem the club will face is the Europa League. Strengthening is needed on the right wing and in defence if they are to finish in the top four.
Alan Dawson: 5th - Much depends on how protracted the Gareth Bale transfer saga becomes. While their recruitment drive has already impressed, any Bale sale could see fans go round the bend after failing to turn their tailgating of Arsenal into an overtake.
Gareth McKnight: 5th - Whether Bale leaves or not, Spurs will be pushing for the top four again. They have signed a few good players, but may miss out again – just.
Vincent Ralph: 5th - I am basing this prediction on the likelihood that Gareth Bale will be a Real Madrid player sooner rather than later. If Spurs manage to keep him, he can help them secure a top four finish. Without him it is very much how they spend the money. Roberto Soldado is an outstanding buy, and the striker Spurs fans have been crying out for, but he won’t be enough on his own.
Jenny Leigh: 5th - Spurs have strengthened well, but I still think they’ll be over-reliant on Bale (if he stays). Soldado is a great signing, but I think the Europa League will take its toll again on the squad towards the run-in.
Graham Morris: 5th - Can they hold on to Bale ? I'm assuming not, in which case a lot will rest on whether Soldado clicks. There's the top 3, then the next 4 vying for the remaining European places. There's not much between them.
Lewis Doe: 6th - If Bale goes, this may hurt Spurs big time. He’s that important to them that they may not be able to cope with the loss of goals, pace and creativity which he guarantees. The squad is also short in one or two areas.
Mathew Nash: 6th - I think Spurs will lose Gareth Bale and they will leave the rest of their transfer activity too late once again. With that in mind, a poor start to the campaign could prove costly once again. Roberto Soldado should bring goals, but it may not be enough to even break into the top five in 2013-14.
Where do you think Tottenham will finish ?
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