Ange Postecoglou's Arsenal issue and Liverpool opportunity in Tottenham Champions League bid

Ange Postecoglou will be looking to bring Arsenal's impressive away form to an end on Sunday afternoon
Ange Postecoglou will be looking to bring Arsenal's impressive away form to an end on Sunday afternoon -Credit:HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images

Sunday's North London Derby against Arsenal will see Tottenham embark on a six-game run that will determine their final position in the 2023/24 Premier League table. Falling away from European contention one year ago following a poor run of results, Spurs are very much in the mix for a return to the Champions League this time around.

Currently fifth in the Premier League table and six points behind Aston Villa in fourth, Tottenham have two games in hand still to play over their top-four rivals and that could make all the difference come the final day. Ange Postecoglou is certainly going to need his team to replicate their early-season form in what remains of the campaign as they do face the Premier League's top three in the run-in.

Ahead of Tottenham's final six games of the term, we take a look at who they have to play and what could potentially happen with Champions League qualification on the line.

Sunday, April 28 - Tottenham vs Arsenal

Sunday's North London Derby could have huge implications on where exactly Tottenham and Arsenal finish in the Premier League table. At a time when Spurs are looking to secure a top-four finish and a Champions League place that comes with it, Arsenal are aiming to pip Man City to the Premier League title.

Postecoglou's side have fared well on home soil this season but they have a different test altogether this weekend with the Gunners making the short trip across North London. Not only do Mikel Arteta's men come into the game on the back off a 5-0 win over Chelsea in midweek, they are the Premier League's best side away from home this season after winning 11 games and amassing a total of 36 points from their 17 fixtures on the road, which in turn presents quite the challenge for Spurs.

Arsenal are odds-on to win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a second successive season but their fierce rivals have the opportunity to throw a spanner in the works. If Spurs do manage to collect all three points then it could be huge in the context of their season and give them a massive boost going into their remaining five games.

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Thursday, May 2 - Chelsea vs Tottenham

Tottenham will have the opportunity to close the gap on Aston Villa when they play one of their games in hand against Chelsea next Thursday. The Blues have endured a rotten season but you never know what version of Mauricio Pochettino's team you are going to come up against.

Although they have struggled over the course of the season and their form have been extremely up and down, Chelsea have picked up some notable results at home, including draws against Premier League top three Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool. Tottenham don't tend to fare well at Stamford Bridge and that is something Postecoglou will be determined to change with so much at stake.

Not only is it the chance to up the pressure on Villa in the fight for fourth, it is also an opportunity to try and end their Stamford Bridge hoodoo for good.

Sunday, May 5 - Liverpool vs Tottenham

The hard run of games continues in early May with a trip to Anfield on the agenda. Previously looking like a decisive game in Liverpool's season with the Premier League title on the line, the Reds have slipped down to third following defeats against Crystal Palace and Everton recently and that now means they really need their rivals to drop some points.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been far from their best of late and that could give Postecoglou and Spurs the chance to compound the Reds' misery even further by leaving Merseyside with points in the bag. It was a very good game between the sides in late September and that could be the case once again. Victory at Anfield could go a long way to Tottenham securing a top-four finish.

Saturday, May 11 - Tottenham vs Burnley

Tottenham's home match against Burnley in May will not be straightforward at all with the Clarets needing the points to achieve Premier League safety. Their win at Sheffield United last weekend has given them a fighting chance of survival with Vincent Kompany's men three points behind Nottingham Forest in 17th with four games to go.

Spurs certainly haven't had it all their own way this term against the Premier League's relegation candidates, seeing Sheffield United, Luton Town and Forest all give them a run for their money before Tottenham finally got over the line. This could be more of the same as it is a game both sides need to win.

Tuesday, May 14 - Tottenham vs Man City

Tottenham's penultimate game of the season sees Man City visit north London for a midweek fixture. Not only is it a match that could be pivotal in regards to Spurs' Champions League hopes, City will also need maximum points as they bid to make it four successive Premier League titles on the spin.

It could potentially even be a match that could see Pep Guardiola's side clinch the title ahead of Arsenal. City have a wretched record at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since it opened its doors for the first time in April 2019 after suffering five defeats in their six games, registering just the one win and one goal in the process.

The sides played out a classic at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season and it may be more of the same as both look to finish the season on a high.

Sunday, May 19 - Sheffield United vs Tottenham

Tottenham will once again end the season on the road. Last playing at home on the final day in May 2019 when they took on Everton, Spurs have since brought the curtain down on their season at Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Norwich City and Leeds United.

The Lilywhites scored 14 goals across those four games and they will be intent on going out in the best way possible once again. Sheffield United are perhaps Tottenham's ideal opponents on the final day as the Blades will already be consigned to the Championship next season unless they somehow pull off a miraculous escape.

It could be a huge day for Tottenham if they are neck and neck with Aston Villa in the race for fourth.

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