The form of Emmanuel Adebayor
After being frozen out by former Tottenham Hotspur boss André Villas-Boas, Adebayor looks like every bit the £100k-a-week player that he has been in the past.
The Togolese striker has netted 11 times in his last 14 appearances for Spurs and looks full of confidence after being brought back in under Tim Sherwood. Often criticised by the press due to his dips in form, Adebayor is somewhat misrepresented by many. The 30-year-old, at this best, can cause any defence problems with his power, height and skill. If the former Arsenal man can continue to defy his doubters, Tottenham have a real talent on their hands, and he is capable of firing them into the top four.
The Europa League
It may be a somewhat controversial choice, but Tottenham's Europa League campaign can really help propel them into Champions League contention. Many write off the unfashionable Europa League, much like the FA Cup, as a distraction rather than a competition worth participating in.
First of all, it is a fantastic chance to win a continental trophy, which is highly respected beyond these shores. The reason a decent cup run will do Tottenham's Champions League chance no harm is that winning any game will increase momentum that is needed in business-end of the season.
It may seem a tad harsh on Kolo Toure, who has spent the last 10 years playing at the highest level, winning many a trophy but he is certainly the weak-link in this attractive Liverpool side. He has shown that he is liable to the odd mistake this season, that has cost the Reds dear on occasions.
While they will welcome back Mamadou Sakho in the coming weeks, he is still adjusting to life in the Premier League.
The fixture list
Tottenham's final six fixtures are all winnable with the likes of West Brom, Fulham and Stoke. Although they do face Arsenal, Chelsea and an important encounter with Liverpool in their next four games.
The Gunners will come into the game on the back of facing European champions Bayern Munich, which will no doubt tire Arsene Wenger's side considerably. If Tottenham can pick up four points from these tough games, including if they get something at Anfield, that could make all the difference.
In contrast, Liverpool have to face Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs. All of these fixtures are potential banana skins for the Reds.
Can Spurs reach the top 4?
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