Tottenham Hotspur have gone about their business in the Premier League pretty quietly this season.
Liverpool and Manchester City have stolen the fanfare but sit just six and two points ahead of Spurs, respectively.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team have garnered 48 points so far, winning 16 games, losing five, but drawing none.
Tottenham haven’t exactly had things their own way either, making no signings, being forced to remain at Wembley while their new stadium is built, and suffering periods where performances were below par, despite good results.
History, though, tells us this Tottenham Hotspur team could be one of the unluckiest ever, sitting third despite 16 victories.
Only once in Premier League history has a team who had 15 triumphs after 20 games not won the title, and yet Spurs, Man City, and Liverpool all reached the milestone.
Pochettino’s side also have just one point fewer at this stage than Arsenal’s 2003/04 Invincibles had.
It’s the same total as Manchester United had after 21 matches in 2007/08 when they won the title and the Champions League.
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And perhaps more stunningly, Tottenham have ten more points than Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble winners in 1999 had at the same stage of the season.
Yet it appears, unless both Liverpool and Manchester City choke, Spurs will be unlucky losers once more – as they were in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
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