Tottenham's away form can land them top four Premier League finish

Spurs have the joint-best away form in the Premier League, can keeping this up ensure Champions League football next season?

Sunday’s 3-1 win at Swansea was Spurs’ fifth consecutive away win in the Premier League, the first time the club has recorded five straight wins on their travels since 1960.

They have some way to go yet to catch Bill Nicholson’s double-winning side, who won 10 straight away games in a row - but a milestone nonetheless.

Spurs have now won eight of their 11 away games in the league all season, and have only lost twice - at Arsenal and Manchester City, with the only draw so far a 0-0 at Everton in November.

This impressive record is the joint-best in the league, alongside North-London rivals Arsenal, with both sides earning 25 points from a possible 33 on the road.

Tottenham are undoubtedly looking more dangerous under Tim Sherwood as the team play with fluidity and confidence, something they struggled to do under Andre Villas-Boas.

Sherwood has yet to lose a league game since he took over, and has a better record through six games than any other Spurs manager in history at the start of their tenures.

One concern for Sherwood will be that his side are yet to record a clean sheet on the road since he took over, and although they have won all of those games, he will want to remain more solid defensively.

The Lilywhites must now improve their home form as they chase a hotly contested top-four finish, with just five wins from 11 at White Hart Lane up to this point.

The home crowd at White Hart Lane expect such big performances from their team whenever they take to the field, and this pressure may be the reason behind the slump in form at home. The players must learn to cope with the high expectation levels and start winning home matches if they are to continue to climb the table.

They face Manchester City at home next Wednesday in what is a vital game for both clubs, a win for Spurs in that one could even elevate them back into the conversation as title-contenders, as they are currently just eight points off the top, with both City and Arsenal to play at home.

With several important games to play, Spurs will be confident that they can claim a place in next season’s Champions League despite the fierce competition in the Premier League surrounding them.

With games still to be played against City, Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, Sherwood and his Spurs side have every chance of reaching their target, so long as they can start picking up much-needed wins on home soil.

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