Leicester City, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all dropped points at Stoke City this season.
But Tottenham Hotspur made mincemeat out of the Potters at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night to close to within five points of leaders Leicester, with four games left to play.
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Leicester remain firm favourites for the title, but tonight’s evidence – coupled with Tottenham’s vastly-superior goal difference – makes it is very easy to argue that Spurs have been the best team in England this season.
Tottenham’s 4-0 stroll, which came courtesy of braces by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, leaves the North London outfit with a +39 GD, compared to Leicester’s +26.
Spurs have scored more goals – 64 – and conceded fewer – 25 – than any other side in the Premier League this season.
Twenty-four of those goals have been scored by Harry Kane, who got the ball rolling on Monday with a fine individual effort.
Kane received possession from Mousa Dembele on the left flank, before cutting inside and curling a lovely shot inside Shay Given’s near post.
That goal came on nine minutes. Spurs then made their fans wait until the 67th minute before doubling their lead.
Alli got the second thanks to a fabulous assist from Christian Eriksen, who sliced through the Potters’ famously-resolute defence with a first-time lofted pass, before the PFA Young Player Of The Year In Waiting chipped the ball over Given’s head.
Alli should have scored again moments later, but he missed an open goal. The 20-year-old hit the post, after dribbling around goalkeeper Given.
It didn’t take Alli long to make amends, though, as he opened up Stoke’s backline with a fine through pass to Erik Lamela, who squared to Kane for Tottenham’s third (video at the head of this post).
Alli then completed the rout – Stoke’s joint-biggest home defeat in Premier League history – by nailing a volley from just inside the penalty area, with Eriksen claiming his second assist of the evening.
Spurs next game is again on a Monday, 28 hours after Leicester – without suspended striker Jamie Vardy – host Swansea City.