Premier League and Championship: 10 things to look out for this weekend


Spurs get the chance to put pressure on Chelsea, Sigurdssons opportunity to impress Everton and Forest, Blackburn and Birmingham scrap to survive

1) Spurs need to maintain fear factor on Friday night

The likelihood is that Tottenham Hotspurs chance to win the name faded with Chelseas win at Goodison Park, making their deconstruction of Arsenal all the most impressive. And well though they played in that game, this was not even Spurs at their best, rather a simple allegation of immense, intense superiority: a team so grooved, with players so good, that they need only play fairly well to win, which they do more or less every week. Their win over Arsenal was also impressive because it presented their progression from last season. The collective misplacement of swede once the name seemed lost, though entertaining and sustaining, did not suggest a team poised to induce the ultimate leaping; on the other hand, their tranquilize, ruthless degradation of their local competitors dripped with future menace.

Spurs did not are inadequate to overtake Leicester because they combusted at the end, rather since they are did not start properly a mistake they subsequently recurred. And with a move to Wembley imminent, they will have an excuse for doing similarly yet again; the atmosphere, character and dimensions of White Hart Lane suit them, while away squads will imagination their chances at what the fuck is feel like a neutral ground. To ameliorate the problem, Tottenham must use the rest of this season to their advantage. If they can maintain their win run and spirit, they can imbue the rest of the league with requisite anxiety for when they meet next. A London derby is the perfect place to start. DH

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