In mid February, Spurs appeared a lock to have their best season in.. well quite a while. Coming off a 5-0 drubbing of the impressive Newcastle team, they were firmly esconced in third place with fans harbouring slight championship hopes rather than worrying about 4th placed Arsenal, 10 points in arrears. All looked set for a first season since 1994/5 finishing ahead of their North London rivals, with a spot in next season’s Chammpions League almost a formality
Not so fast.
They currently trail the Gunners by five points and have Newcastle and Chelsea snipping at their heels. Over the past eight games they have garnered just one win and six points – only seemingly-doomed Wolves have fared worse over this time period.
How does their worst run over eight games this season compare with other teams.
Wigan have produced yet another season with an eight game losing streak. In nether of the previous two occasions have they been relegated but third time unlucky is certainly on the cards. Liverpool’s poor recent run – ending with their last minute win against Blackburn – has already resulted in the General Manager’s dismissal
The last time Spurs suffered a worse run was at the beginning of the 2008-9 season when they only sported two points from the first eight games, three points adrift at the foot of the table and already 18 points behind joint leaders, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Unsurprisingly the manager, Juande Ramos was sacked and the Harry Redknapp era began
Here is Spurs worst eight match run for each EPL season
The 2003/4 two pointer was of little significance for the team as Spurs were in mid table team when the run started in March and were never in danger of relegation: the 37 points they had already garnered was more than any relegated team managed.
They were also a mid table team when they went into their New Year day 1994 home game with Coventry. A loss then was followed by six more and another three draws made it a double-digit winless streak. They struggled through the remainder of the year finishing just three points clear of the relegation trapdoor. Ossie Ardiles, the manager, was enough of an icon to keep his job into the following season but some big name signings, including Jurgen Klinsmann, failed to lift them above above mid-table mediocrity and he was let go
Of the 45 teams who have ever graced the Premiership, eight have had at least one sequence of 8 defeats during a season . Here are the results for teams that have spent at least half of the EPL era in the Premiership.
Only Swansea, in a yet-to-be-completed first season, can match Man United and with a current four game losing run that too is in danger. Other than Sheff Utd’s three season stint, all other clubs have had at least one eight game stretch in which they have mustered just a single win or three draws.