Match: Sunday 27th October. Kick off 4pm.
We face Hull City in a game we are expected to win this Sunday, our first game back at White Hart Lane after our abysmal 3-0 defeat to West Ham, dropping points is simply not an option against Hull. We bounced back very well at Villa Park against Aston Villa last weekend, winning in the end quite comfortably 2-0, and continued to bounce back with another 2-0 away win in the Europa League to FC Sheriff. Hull will test us, but our attacking ability should be too much for a depleted Tigers side. While the result is crucial, the way we play in this game is extremely important too, we need to show our ability to attack, our quick passing and clinical finishing, it’d be really nice to see us play as well as we know we’re capable of. The team has had time to gel and form, now is the time 14 games in to show what we’ve been trying to become. A big win is what us Spurs fans need.
Hull City have had a very solid start to the season, they’ll be very pleased to be in the top half of the Premier League, level on points with none other than Manchester United! They sit in 9th with 11 points, which is only 5 points off ourselves in 5th with 16pts. They have been hit with six or seven injuries, which will be a massive blow to any slim chances they had to get points on Sunday. Jake Livermore is out as he can’t play against his parent club. Danny Graham and Sone Aluko also seem to be out of the game, these players are key to Hull’s attack, as their best strikers. Allan McGregor, their number 1 keeper, is also out of the game with injury. Another star player Robbie Brady is a major doubt as well, and that is probably their biggest blow, as one of their best players. James Chester and Robert Koren are also out. The players they do have available will still be a tough test for us. Tom Huddlestone returns to the Lane, where he spent eight years, a player who was quality for us, and is showing his quality at Hull City as their star player. It’s written in the script that he’ll score against us, isn’t it?
Andros Townsend has been exceptional for both club and country this season, he’s been the shock package, bringing creativity, flair and a ‘no fear’ style of play, constantly wearing down the left back he faces, a joy to watch. He faces up against Maynor Figueroa on Sunday, which will be a test for Andros as Figueroa is an experienced Premier League left back with quite a bit of pace and strength, although Figueroa is sometimes defensively fragile as he attacks a lot down the left, his job will be clear against Spurs, ‘Stop Andros’. Roberto Soldado got back to goalscoring ways against Aston Villa and he’ll be looking to get on the score sheet again against Hull up against a defence that can be quite leaky. A striker is only as good as his service, so Christian Eriksen or Lewis Holtby will need to be on top of their game to provide Soldado with chances, given the service, I’d be very confident he’ll score. I’d tip Christian Eriksen to regain his place in the number 10 role from Lewis Holtby, he showed good form against FC Sheriff with a few classy flicks and an assist so deserves his place. Vlad Chiriches doesn’t deserve to lose his place after two man of the match performances in his last two games getting two clean sheets, so I’d expect him to start at centre back alongside Michael Dawson, with Jan Vertonghen at left back as Danny Rose misses out once again through injury. Etienne Capoue, Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul miss out through injury, but Aaron Lennon, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kyle Walker, Paulinho and Andros Townsend all available and in the squad.
Every game in the Premier League for a team striving for the top is a ‘must-win’ but games like this are an expected three points, the players need to play like a top team in the so called ‘smaller’ games, as these are the matches that get you top four. The game is not televised. COYS!!
Match Stats from Opta via FourFourTwo
– No side have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than Tottenham (5).
– Hull have won just one point from their last six Premier League away trips in London (L5 D1).
– Spurs have not won their last two PL home games (D1 L1) – they haven’t gone three home league games without a win since May 2011.
– The Tigers have collected just one win from their last 28 Premier League matches away from home (L20 D7).
– Tottenham have never won more points from their opening eight games of a Premier League season than they have this term (16).
– Hull have used fewer players than any other Premier League side in 2013/14 so far (17).
– Hull are the only side yet to score the first goal of the game away from home in the Premier League this season.
– Tottenham have taken 81 long throws in the Premier League this season; 24 more than any other side.
– Tottenham have caught their opponents offside more often than any other Premier League side this season (33).
– Spurs have recovered a loose ball in the opposition half more often than any other side in the Premier League this season (108).
My predicted/preferred team to face Hull City at White Hart Lane:
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Vertonghen
Paulinho – Sandro
Townsend – Eriksen – Sigurdsson