Say it with me Spurs fans:
"Fourth place means Champions League. Fourth place means Champions League..."
If I told you, after the summer's lackluster preseason, that Tottenham would have gone into Old Trafford and ground out a victory, you'd have shook your head and smiled. If I'd have also told you that they'd be just one point out of third place in the league table by the middle of January, you'd probably start walking away.
And if I told you that they'd reach third place by sweeping the Red Devils of Manchester for the first time since 1989, you might near slap me in the mouth.
But that's what's on the line for a Tottenham club looking to lower its head and charge into the spring. The club's been strong as of late, and although they disappointed last weekend, drawing at Queens Park Rangers, the club's only lost once since November 18—thanks to two injury-time goals at Goodison Park.
Manchester United, however, has been on an absolute tear. They've won nine of their last 10, and everyone outside of North London has to believe a trip to White Hart Lane this weekend won't get in the way of another three points.
No matter who gets the points, it's going to be a thrilling weekend for both clubs. Here are my bold predictions as Tottenham takes on Manchester United and continues on toward its first title since 1961.