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Dawson not admitting defeat in Spurs’ race for fourth

| 26.04.2011

Manchester City have significantly shortened to 1/9 in the Premier League odds to finish in the top four this season, but Michael Dawson insists that Tottenham have not given up hope of catching them over the remaining five games of the season.

Edin Dzeko’s second-half strike was enough to hand Manchester City a 1-0 win at Blackburn and this moved them four points clear of Tottenham in the race for fourth as Spurs could only draw 2-2 at home to West Brom.

These two results pushed Tottenham out to 5/1 to finish among the Champions League places and their task does not look easy as their next game takes them to Premier League title challengers Chelsea.

Spurs may not have won at Stamford Bridge since 1990, but Dawson remains optimistic that a victory can be achieved and Manchester City can still be caught.

He said: “We qualified for the Champions League last year and that’s our aim this year. It will be hard but we won’t give up. There is still a long way to go in the chase and we have to keep fighting until the end.

“We have to pick ourselves up and concentrate on the massive game we have coming up against Chelsea. We haven’t won there for a long time but hopefully we can put things right. It’s down to our form and hopefully we will get a result.”

Tottenham are 9/2 in the Premier League betting to beat Chelsea and a victory would put added pressure on Spurs’ visit to Manchester City on May 10th, which is a fixture that could decide who finishes fourth for the second season in succession.

Liverpool could also mathematically still finish fourth and are available at 25/1 to do so, although they will need to win all of their remaining games and hope that both Manchester City and Spurs drop a hatful of points over their closing fixtures.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.