Spurs have opened a five points lead on Manchester United and are now solid League leaders. Charlton are now level on points with United and Durham are just one point behind.
It turns out that the League is not as foregone conclusion as it was expected before the season started. Obviously the promotion race is wide open as there are many many teams worthy of a promotion place. Remember promotion is only granted if a team has the infrastructure and cash in place for professional football.
Spurs pulling away from United with a five points lead is unexpected. Charlton have also performed very well and are level on points with United after their dismantling of a young Millwall side. Durham also got three crucial points with their win away at London Bees. The chasing pack of Leicester and Lewes did not have a game last week-end and therefore lost ground on the top teams. Lewes with the bye and Leicester’s game postponed due to the tragic incident at the King Power stadium.
Tottenham 2 Aston Villa 1
London Bees 0 Durham 1
Millwall 0 Charlton 8
Leicester – Man United P-P
1 Spurs 18 pts pl 6 +16
2 Man United 13 pts pl 5 +23
3 Charlton 13 pts pl 6 +12
4 Durham 12 pts pl6 +5
5 Leicester 10 pts pl 6 +1
6 Lewes 9 pts pl 6 -1
Next Sunday will be an early title decider with Man United hosting Spurs with an expected record attendance crowd for the Championship. Both side are unbeaten with Spurs boasting an 100% record. United are favourite because they train full-time and they have strong attacking options. Spurs are also doing well on that count and United’s defense did not look to me as strong as their offense. I would expect both teams to score a couple of goals at least.
Durham will be at home to Lewes with both side hoping to capitalise on one of the top team potentially dropping points. Charlton will hope to do the same as they will host a London Bees side depleted with a third of their squad out with injuries. Leicester will be away to Sheffield and you would expect a physical game with two strong sides.