Former Tottenham manager George Graham believes Spurs’ tough run-in means they will miss out on finishing in the top four this season.
After some early difficulties under Andre Villas-Boas, the North Londoners have been in and around the Champions League places throughout the season and were even tipped by fans who bet on football as possible title contenders following a strong end to 2012.
However, things have started to go wrong for them in recent weeks, with consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Fulham seeing them drop to fourth behind Chelsea.
Local rivals Arsenal are currently the team below them, sitting four points behind with a game in hand and look to be steadily improving going into the final weeks of the campaign.
Spurs certainly have a tricky run-in, with clashes against Chelsea and Man City coming up next month, while they are also set to meet relegation candidates Southampton, Wigan and Sunderland before the end of the season.
Graham managed Spurs between 1998 and 2001, leading them to glory in the 1999 League Cup final but also spent a highly successful spell in charge of Arsenal, winning the title twice with the Gunners.
The Lilywhites have always traditionally struggled in the final few months of the season and their former manager believes they will once again fall short of their expectations due to their tricky final fixtures.
“Tottenham will be the ones to lose out,” he told the Premier League betting news. “They have a difficult run-in and they have played a game more than the others. (Arsenal) have recovered of late and it would appear they have the easiest programme to come.
“But I want to stress that it would be anything but a disaster for Tottenham or make it a poor season. In fact, I would say the opposite.”