Last season: 2nd
Tottenham Hotspur have won more Premier League points over the last two seasons than any other club.
Unfortunately for Spurs, that fine record has not converted itself into trophies, with Leicester City and Chelsea taking the honours the last two campaigns.
So could it be third time lucky?
On the one hand Tottenham’s talented young squad are only going to get better while, in Mauricio Pochettino, they have a highly rated manager who has moulded a team who play in his image.
However, there are a few clouds on the horizon.
Spurs’ redevelopment of White Hart Lane seems to have hindered their ambitions in the transfer market. While the likes of Manchester City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all splashed the cash this summer the Lilywhites are the only Premier League team to yet sign a single player this transfer window.
Moreover they allowed Kyle Walker to join City in a deal believed to be worth around £45million - hardly the sort of thing you expect from potential champions.
The building work at the Lane also means that the club will play their home games at Wembley Stadium this season, and it remains to be seen what sort of impact that will have.
Spurs experience of the national stadium during the Champions League was hardly a successful one and they will need to resolve their Wembley hoodoo quickly if they are to go one better this time around.
Glass half full: Tottenham already had an excellent team and their young players are only going to be better for their experience over the last couple of seasons. In Mauricio Pochettino, they have one of the best managers in the Premier League and a squad who know exactly how he wants them to play.
Glass half empty: Spurs first XI is as strong as any in the division but a lack of activity in the transfer market this summer could see them left behind by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and United. Playing away from White Hart Lane could prove to be an issue, especially with Spurs’ woeful record at Wembley.
New kids on the block: None
Left the building: Filip Lesniak – Aalborg, Tom McDermott – released, Joe Muscatt – released, Charlie Owens – QPR, Zenon Stylianides – released, Conor Ogilvie – Gillingham (loan), Luke McGee – Portsmouth, Kyle Walker – Manchester City, Clinton N'Jie – Marseille, Federico Fazio – Roma.
The gaffer: Mauricio Pochettino – In his three years at White Hart Lane, Pochettino has turned Tottenham Hotspur into genuine title challengers. Indeed, combining the last two campaigns points totals together puts Spurs on the top of the pile. If he can keep his current squad together he’ll fancy his chances of bringing home plenty of silverware over the next few seasons.
Star man: Harry Kane – The England striker has matured into the most reliable goalscorer in the Premier League and bagged a whopping 38 goals in 41 games for club and country last season. If he hadn’t lost six weeks to injury last October it is arguable that it would have been Spurs’ name on the trophy instead of Chelsea’s.
One to watch: Kieran Trippier – Kyle Walker’s departure to Manchester City has put the focus on Trippier but Spurs are confident the former Burnley man is up to the task. He certainly matched the England full-back going forward, notching five assists in just 12 games last season.
First five games: Newcastle United (A), Chelsea (H), Burnley (H), Everton (A), Swansea City (H).
Premier League Title Odds: 10/1
Top Four Odds: 8/11
Relegation Odds: 1000/1
Top Goalscorer Odds: Harry Kane 1/5
Star Bet: Of all seasons to be relocating to Wembley for a year, Tottenham fans surely wish it wasn’t the upcoming one. They’ve finished in the top three two years running and were sensational at White Hart Lane last year with a 17-2-0 record, scoring 47 and conceding just nine. Wembley will prove a different beast and one they will have to adjust to quickly, which they failed to do Europe last season. They’ve kept the nucleus of the side together but the worry will be whether teams around them will put distance between them if they stand still for too long as they finance their new stadium. Despite that, they still possess two of England’s best players in Harry Kane and Dele Alli so Spurs fans will remain optimistic that they can finish above their north London rivals Arsenal for the second time in 23 years. Young player of the year – Dele Alli 4/1