Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has told Sky Sports that Tottenham Hotspur will finish as low as seventh in the Premier League this season.
North London outfit Tottenham are actually seventh in the league table at the moment with 47 points from 27 matches, six points behind Manchester United, who are fourth.
Spurs have a game in hand over their top-four rivals and will play that against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.
If Mauricio Pochettino’s side win the London derby, then they will go above Southampton in sixth, just a point behind fifth-placed Liverpool.
However, Le Tissier does not seem to be convinced with Spurs and predicts them to finish seventh at the end of the season - below Southampton and United.
“They’ve got some tough fixtures to come and even QPR away on Saturday is going to be a difficult one,” the 46-year-old told Sky Sports.
“Trips to Manchester United and Southampton are likely to be make or break for them and I just can't see them qualifying for the Champions League this year.”
While explaining his prediction for Southampton’s fifth-placed finish, Le Tissier wrote: “Southampton have got eight games in a row which are very winnable following the Chelsea match next weekend.
“The team looked a bit flat for a few games, but the tight win in midweek will be a huge boost and they've got a nice break to rest their legs.”
Le Tissier’s argument is valid, but the problem is that Southampton have dropped points they should not have already this season.
Who’s to say that Ronald Koeman’s side won’t do it again?
Games against Burnley, Hull City and Leicester City are indeed winnable, but all these teams are struggling for survival in the Premier League and they will be fighting hard.
Moreover, the Saints’ final game of the season is against defending English champions Manchester City.
Tottenham have some big matches left to play, too, but they have shown this season that they can step up in those games.