Tottenham title bid analysis: Spurs can top table with win at West Ham, something they very rarely do

Leicester's slip at home to West Brom has put the summit in reach for Tottenham

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Tottenham will move to the top of the Premier League tonight, should they win at West Ham.

Current table-toppers Leicester were unable to find a winning goal against West Brom, meaning they lie three points above Spurs but with a worse goal difference.

Victory at Upton Park tonight is far from assured, but what is certain is that if Tottenham win they will be in rare territory if they sit atop of the pile by the end of the evening.

Since the formation of the Premier League in the 1992/93 season, Tottenham have been at the top of the table for a paltry 33 days. For a team that has always been consistently among the better sides in the division it seems remarkably few, particularly when compared to the 2294 days Manchester United have spent there and the 1326 and 973 enjoyed by London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.

The last time Tottenham were top of the league was two games into the 2014/15 campaign - 24 August 2014. After the next round of fixtures they had dropped to sixth and haven't been back there since. 

Prior to that, the last time Tottenham were at the top of the table was 2009, when sat there after two rounds of fixtures until the fourth round of games.


But of course what really matters is sitting at the top of the league at the end of the season. Tottenham haven't managed to do that since the 1960/61 season.