The Premier League title race is proving to be as open and close as many predicted, with just one point separating the top five teams. The sides that can focus solely on domestic affairs have a clear advantage, as was evidenced in the fact that the only two top-five teams to win over the weekend were not involved in Europe during the preceding days.
While Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham all had Champions League group matches to deal with before dropping points in the league, Liverpool and...
Tottenham missed out on a chance to move to the top of the Premier League table -- even if only temporarily -- after a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth in Saturday's early kickoff. It was the second time in as many games that Spurs played out a goalless tie, after their trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, and they have now drawn in each of their past three matches.
Tottenham's defensive record remains hugely impressive. This was their eighth clean sheet in 13 games this campaign and...
BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Three points on Tottenham's 0-0 draw at Bournemouth as Spurs failed to take their chances in the Premier League.
1. Tottenham miss their chance
If Tottenham have ambitions of finishing the season as the best team in the Premier League, at some point they will need to top the table. Spurs challenged for the title last season but they trailed Leicester City from the opening day and twice missed opportunities to leapfrog the Foxes, albeit temporarily.
Jose Mourinho returns to former club Chelsea with Manchester United on Sunday having struggled to break down Liverpool in the 0-0 draw at Anfield, but seeing his side score four against Feyenoord.
Arsenal are flying high after their demolition of Ludogorets, which was their seventh win in a row in all competitions, and will hope add to that streak against struggling Middlesbrough, while leaders Manchester City take on Southampton hoping to get back on track after their humbling at Barcelona.
It wasn't necessarily the way Mauricio Pochettino had planned it, but the Spurs manager now finds himself spoiled for choice. Last season, the team sheet all but wrote itself. Thanks to a bit of luck with most players steering clear of injury, Pochettino was able to send out pretty much the same starting XI for all Premier League games, with things only beginning to unravel a little in the last four games when suspensions, fatigue and loss of form began to take their toll.
- Pep Guardiola has admitted he tried to sign Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the summer but denied making moves for Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets -- although he said he would be keen on Messi if he decides to move to England.
- Manchester City are set to measure up against...