Midweek in Numbers: Tottenham can make history and Louis van Gaal enjoys the folly of youth

Meanwhile, Arsenal look to do the double over Swansea

The Premier League race was blown open once again last night after Leicester City's slip at home to West Brom last night and challengers Tottenham and Arsenal are looking to capitalise.

We here at Newstalk Sport have been crunching the numbers ahead of the Wednesday night's games.

 

1) Tottenham on course to make history

It's funny how quickly momentum can shift in the race for the title.

The white knuckle ride looked all but over after Leicester beat Manchester City at the Etihad, comfortably beating Manuel Pelligrini's side 3-1.

The door swung open for Arsenal after their last-gasp victory over the title challengers at the Emirates, but the race takes on an entirely complexion.

Tottenham have won their last six games on the bounce and could win their seventh consecutive game in 49 years, since March to May 1967.

It would also be a momentous occasion for Mauricio Pochettino's side who can go top of the league of goal difference. It would be the first time they will have gone top of the Premier League outside of August, since its inception in 1992.

 A result away to high flying West Ham will be by no means easy, but this Spurs side look like they have the mettle to push this title race all the way.

Tottenham can take a huge step toward the title with a win at the Boleyn Ground this evening. Image: Paul Harding / PA Wire/Press Association Images

 

2) Louis van Gaal enjoying the folly of youth

While the injury crisis at Manchester United deepens - the side are without 17 players through injury - there are many reasons to be positive. 

Since the beginning of his tenure at the club, Louis van Gaal has handed 14 debuts to academy players.

In this latest batch of newcomers it's been Marcus Rashford who has captured the imagination, scoring four goals in two appearances for the club.

The 18-year-old also became the youngest player to score twice on his Premier League debut on Sunday and will likely lead the line once again as United host Watford on Wednesday night.

With a number a first team players set to return during the run-in, Manchester United could close in on an all important Champions League place.

Marcus Rashford has repaid his manager's faith in him with a flurry of goals. Image: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/Press Association Images

 

3) Arsenal looking to get title challenge back on track

It would be naive to think that Arsenal are out of the title race after defeat to a weakened Manchester United side, but the result is likely to have a huge psychological on the players.

Graeme Souness savaged the team after the match saying: ‘I thought they would come here with an opportunity to put a marker on the wall and say, “We’re back in this race”. And they’ve been so insipid, so weak and pussyfooted.'

Third in the league and five points off the pace, they host Swansea City on Wednesday night.

They're looking to complete the league double over the Welsh side, a feat which they have never before accomplished.

In fact, it was Garry Monk's side last year who got the better of the Londoners on two occasions (2-1, 0-1).

Arsene Wenger will likely opt for fit-again Danny Welbeck to lead the line, he's got two goals in as many league games, while Frenchman Olivier Giroud hasn't scored in nine attempts.

Danny Welbeck scored against his old club, Manchester United, over the weekend. Image: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/Press Association Images