By Matt Farr
Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan believes Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United could hold they key to their Premier League title ambitions.
Tottenham have moved within four points of Chelsea at the top of the league with nine back-to-back wins, but they still are chasing the eight-ball in their title bid.
Chelsea remain favourites to triumph in this season’s title race, with Tottenham having not won a league title since the 1960-61 season.
But Provan insists the race could effectively be over with two games to spare, when they are set to go up against Manchester United at White Hart Lane.
Despite their home advantage, Provan believes United will be tricky customers for Tottenham, drawing upon their recent 2-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford as evidence to support his claim.
Speaking on the Premier League Daily show on Sky Sports on Tuesday morning (10am), he said: “Obviously, Manchester United are very much still in the mix for the top four.
“We saw how difficult United can make it recently, when Chelsea went to Old Trafford. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tottenham were to drop two points there.
“West Brom I think is the trickiest game Chelsea have left, but given they’ve already hit their target, they are safe, and the season is almost over, I think Chelsea will win that one.”
Tottenham first go up against West Ham on Friday, and Provan has backed them to maintain the pressure on Chelsea with a win at the London Stadium.
But he also expects Chelsea to beat Middlesbrough and West Brom – their next two outings – meaning the Blues could be within just one point of securing the title ahead of the penultimate game against Watford, should Tottenham drop points against Manchester United.
The duo have been locked in a two-horse race for the title for quite some time, with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool having dropped off weeks ago.
But the impressive form of Mauricio Pochettino’s side has ensured that Tottenham have kept pace with the league leaders, and are ready to pounce should Chelsea slip up.