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Tottenham keen on continuing title charge

There is a storm brewing in North London form Spurs have marched up the Premiership table to move into a tie for second.

While Manchester City and Manchester United have largely been regarded as the favorites to hoist the Premier League in May, Tottenham has pieced together a six-game unbeaten run in league play to help Spurs make up ground on the Manchester clubs after they both suffered key losses in recent weeks.

A Tottenham win over Wolverhampton on Saturday would see Spurs go level with Manchester City at the top of the table for at least two days as the Citizens face Wigan at the DW Stadium on Monday.

According to Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, Tottenham certainly must be seen as genuine title contender despite being overshadowed by its Northern rivals.

"Spurs are genuine title contenders," McCarthy said. "People say it's all about 'can you believe you can win it' when you get to the last six games. But they've got great players and I'm sure Harry Redknapp will be trying to add to that this window, also keeping everyone fit and making sure they all stay on the pitch.

"If they do, then, yes, they are a genuine contender for the title and it would be refreshing for someone else to win it."

Wolves have only managed to take two points from their last six Premier League games as McCarthy's men sit just above the relegation zone on 17 points. They nearly stole a point against Chelsea in their last league game, but a late goal from Frank Lampard foiled Wolverhampton's efforts and doomed the Molineux outfit to a 2-1 loss.

Manchester United has lost two straight Premier League contests to help Tottenham climb back into the title race, entering the weekend tied with Spurs on 45 points apiece. United will aim to keep the pressure on City as the Red Devils host Bolton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Everton has made two key acquisitions in January, landing American international Landon Donovan on loan and signing Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson to a four-and-a-half year deal. David Moyes hopes that these two pieces can help the Toffees avoid losing their third straight league result when Everton heads to Villa Park to face Aston Villa.

Chelsea has its hands full with a Saturday clash against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. Under new manager Martin O'Neill, the Black Cats have won four of six Premier League games to improve to 24 points on the year. The Blues, meanwhile, have taken just six points from their last five games and are quickly fading away from the title picture.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Liverpool hopes to bounce back from a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City when it hosts Stoke City, Blackburn looks to climb out of the cellar with a result against Fulham, and West Bromwich aims to avoid dropping its third straight game as it hosts Norwich City.

And Sunday, Newcastle looks to build upon its stunning three-goal victory over Manchester United in its last outing as it hosts QPR, while Swansea City, unbeaten in its last three, welcomes Arsenal to the Liberty Stadium.