By: Danny Shin
Before I go into how Tottenham can overcome the odds, it should be noted that Spurs own the tiebreaker in goal difference over Leicester City by 13 goals (39 to 26). So assuming there is a tie in points, Tottenham owns the tiebreaker.
Right now, Leicester City sits atop the table at 73 points, with Spurs right behind them at 68 points. Both teams have four games remaining. With that being said, here is how Tottenham can overtake Claudio Ranieri’s men and win their first top-flight title since 1960-1961:
Sunday, April 24
Leicester City vs. Swansea City
Remember, Leicester will be without the suspended Jamie Vardy. Assuming Ranieri sticks with his usual 4-4-2 formation, this means Leonardo Ulloa will step in alongside Shinji Okazaki in the attack. Swansea City will bounce back from their 3-0 loss to Newcastle and their defense will come up big in a draw against the Foxes.
Leicester City – 74 PTS, Tottenham Hotspur – 68 PTS
Monday, April 25
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Brom
Motivated by Leicester’s dropped points for the second week in a row, Spurs will cut the deficit to three points with a 3-0 win over West Brom. Harry Kane will score another two goals and move four goals clear of Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.
Leicester City – 74 PTS, Tottenham Hotspur – 71 PTS
Sunday, May 1
Manchester United vs. Leicester City
Vardy will be on the sidelines again serving the second game of his two-match suspension for misconduct against West Ham. This game will be evenly matched until Riyad Mahrez puts the Foxes up 1-0 with 20 minutes to play. However, even Leicester will not be able to stop the goal-scoring of Marcus Rashford. The 18-year-old equalizes at the death and helps United snatch a much-needed point. Remember, Manchester United is trying to overtake Arsenal for the final Champions League spot. Leicester’s third straight draw now moves them four points clear of Tottenham with two matches to go.
Leicester City – 75 PTS, Tottenham Hotspur – 71 PTS
Monday, May 2
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs will finally win their first match at Stamford Bridge in 26 years in a 2-1 victory over reigning Premier League champions. Just like that, they are one point back of first place.
Leicester City – 75 PTS, Tottenham Hotspur – 74 PTS
Saturday, May 7
Leicester City vs. Everton
Vardy returns to Leicester’s lineup and reminds everyone of his greatness with an early first half goal. Everton, with nothing to play for following their FA Cup loss to Manchester United (takes place on April 23), dig deep for manager Roberto Martinez and snatch an equalizer late. Despite Leicester bringing on Ulloa in the second half to try an snatch a winner, they are unable to pick up three points.
Leicester City – 76 PTS, Tottenham Hotspur – 74 PTS
Sunday, May 8
Tottenham vs. Southampton
Spurs dominate the Saints from start to finish and win by two goals. Most importantly, Spurs now top the table for the first time this season and for the first time since August 2014.
Tottenham Hotspur – 77 PTS, Leicester City – 76 PTS
Sunday, May 15
Chelsea vs. Leicester City
Leicester end their four-match winless streak and edge Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, with the hosts having nothing to play for. But all eyes will be on St. James’ Park where the Foxes hope Newcastle can pull off a stunner.
Tottenham vs. Newcastle
Newcastle need to win this match in order to stave off relegation. After 45 minutes, Newcastle and Leicester fans are celebrating after Newcastle takes a 1-0 lead into the locker room. With news that Leicester City are on course to win the title, Christian Eriksen scores an equalizer in the 52nd minute and Harry Kane tops off an incredible season with an 85th minute goal which gives the Spurs their first Premier League title in club history.
Tottenham Hotspur – 80 PTS, Leicester City – 79 PTS
Obviously, every single thing that I just outlined is going to happen, right?