With last night's games taking place, both sides are fully aware how the table could look this evening.
Tottenham’s clash with Manchester City at White Hart Lane tonight was always going to be a big game, potentially one of those matches that either side could look back on at the end of the season and say it was a springboard to success in the second half of the season, a missed opportunity, or potentially costly.
But given their rivals for the respective objectives last night, a win for either side would keep up the pressure.
Arsenal dropping points at Southampton has opened the door for City to move to the top of the Premier League with a win at White Hart Lane and put themselves in pole position in the title race ahead of Monday night’s huge clash with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. In the title race, when you get an opportunity, it's certainly one you don't want to pass on - otherwise you could be kicking yourself at the end of the season
For Spurs – with Liverpool winning comprehensively against their fierce rivals in Everton, and Manchester United getting back to winning ways at home to Cardiff, there is a bit of pressure on them as they go into tonight’s clash to at least get something from the game. It would keep the recent momentum they have built up going, though at home they will be looking to win the game.
It may not completely define their seasons but it feels like a positive result for either side tonight could have telling repercussions on where they finish come May.
Both sides are in pretty good form – Manchester City have only dropped two points in their last 11 games, whilst Spurs have won five of their six games under Tim Sherwood, drawing the other.
As the race for the title and the Champions League places hot up, after last night’s games it just seems that little bit bigger.
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