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Cancel Your “St Totteringham’s Day” Plans – North London is Spurs

Going into the final match of last season Tottenham Hotspur were in prime position to finish the campaign as league runners-up behind champions Leicester City, but perhaps more importantly to top North London rivals Arsenal for the first time in 21 years.

However, a 5-1 mauling by already-relegated Newcastle at St. James’ Park put paid to that long-awaited dream as the Gunners pipped them to clinch a second-placed finish at the death. Gooners fans got to celebrate their so-called St. Totteringham’s Day once again to the despair of Spurs supporters the world over.

Almost 12 months on, however, and with Spurs still challenging for the title, the chances of Arsenal supporters being able to laud it over their fierce rivals once again are almost certainly dead in the water; Arsène Wenger’s men are currently trailing Mauricio Pochettino’s by a massive 14 points with just a handful of matches left to play.

This coming Sunday marks a huge day for both clubs. Spurs, currently trailing league leaders Chelsea by just four points, will welcome Arsenal to White Hart Lane, who for the first time in Wenger’s tenure look increasingly likely to miss out on a top-four finish and with it Champions League qualification. A win for both teams is vital.

It is the business end of the season without doubt, and Spurs will enter the match as hot favourites to continue their title challenge. However, derby day didn’t always represent such gleeful anticipation for fans of Tottenham. Indeed, after goals from Steffen Iversen and Tim Sherwood sealed a first derby defeat for Wenger at White Hart Lane back in November 1999, the Lilywhites faithful would have to wait more than a decade and no less than 20 derbies to savour the sweet taste of victory once again when Danny Rose and Gareth Bale ended the hapless run at the Lane in April 2010.

During that decade of torture, Spurs supporters witnessed the comings and goings of no less than six permanent managers with just the 2008 League Cup to show for their team’s efforts. Across the North London divide, however, Wenger together with his Invincibles, added two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a Champions League runners-up medal to the league and cup double the team won in 1997-98 during Tottenham’s impasse in victories between George Graham’s team of 1999 and Harry Redknapp’s class of 2010.

How times have changed though. Although the Gooners have continued to qualify for the Champions League every season since and have added a further two FA Cups to increase their record to 12, Spurs have finally started to achieve consistently in the league and last season’s ultimately disappointing third-place finish was the first time the club finished a campaign in the top-three since the 1989-90 season under Terry Venables.

Since ending their derby-day hoodoo in 2010, Spurs have gone on to record four further victories against the old enemy, three of them coming at White Hart Lane, while five draws have been shared and four losses encountered with only one occurring at the Lane back in March 2014.

While Spurs are on an undeniable upward trajectory with the manager’s, players and supporters eyes fixed firmly upon ending their 57-year wait for the top prize (the club are now a very tempting 5/1 looking at the latest Premier League betting odds), the poor Gooners look to be on the slide with Wenger’s future coming under increasing scrutiny from the club’s unhappy supporters and numerous members of the media world.

Wenger may have bought himself time with a semi-final win over Manchester City at Wembley last weekend to setup an FA Cup final with Chelsea, but for the first time since arriving 21 years ago, Arsenal look set to miss out on a top-four finish, and with it Champions League football next term.

Comparing the two teams, it’s difficult to pick an Arsenal player who would currently make a combined XI of the two teams. Tottenham’s fluidity in attack and steeliness in defence offers few cracks requiring surgery. The one player you could argue would make it into the Spurs line-up would be Alexis Sánchez but other possibles like Héctor Bellerín and Petr Čech are certainly no stronger than their Tottenham counterparts Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris. Even an on-song Mesut Özil would struggle to oust in-form duo Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen on current form.

Spurs fans will love nothing more than dining at European football’s top table next season while their biggest rivals may have to make do with trips to the back of beyond in UEFA’s bridesmaid competition, the Europa League. Usurping their rivals has been a long time coming and Spurs fans will understandably milk every drop, especially if they can defy the odds to emulate the class of 1961 in winning the title. And at the rate at which they are improving they may even need to devise a name of their own to replace St. Totteringham’s Day in the near future. Wouldn’t that add insult to injury? Not half!

 

3 Premier League Players Tottenham Could & Should Sign This Summer

Tottenham appear to be on their way to their best ever season in the Premier League – but they need to build on this season’s performance by adding more depth to the squad and more quality to the lineup. Here’s a look at 3 Premier League players they have been strongly linked with and should look to sign in the summer.

1 – Wilfried Zaha

Pochettino reportedly wanted to bring Zaha to the club in the summer, with a £25million bid said to have been rejected on deadline day. Many fans questioned why Tottenham were interested at that price. This season we’ve seen exactly why. He’s a player that hasn’t been given the praise he has deserved in my opinion. Few players can boast sich an impressive record, with 6 goals and 7 assists in 26 Premier League appearances. All this for a team that have seriously struggled all season. Some may point to his failed time at United as an example that he cannot make it at a top club, but he has matured and developed at Palace and in my opinion, is now ready to play for a top club again.

Tottenham’s European campaign showed how poor some of their attacking squad options are – Zaha would give the team something fresh in attacking areas.

Why Tottenham Need A Strong End To The Season

It’s been a consistent season from Tottenham and certainly one that has seen them surpass the expectations. Overall it’s not been great though, the disappointment in Europe was particularly poor – but there’s still time for this to be one of the clubs best in their history.

We caught up with Jonathan Lewis, spurs fan and tipster at FootballPredictions.com. According to Jonathan: “Tottenham face a massively tough task if they want to dethrone Chelsea from the top of the Premier League, but they do have to ensure that they finish the season as runners-up, and get to the final of the FA Cup, anything less would, in my opinion, make the season a poor one”

Tottenham are one club playing without pressure, surpassing expectations in their current league position, whilst the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal continue to underperform each week.

What Tottenham need to do is to show that they aren’t serial bottlers and they only way they can do that is by finishing the season strong. If the club manage to win the FA Cup and finish 2nd in the league, the whole of Europe will take notice.

Tottenham have to ensure they go into the summer looking like a top European club. They need to make better signings than they have previously to help take the team to the next level – and the club will only attract world class players if they achieve something significant. Tottenham do not have the history of clubs like Manchester United to fall back on in transfer dealings. Tottenham also need to ensure star players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli want to stay at the club, with interest from the likes of Real Madrid being reported.

But the most important thing for Tottenham to do this summer is to keep Mauricio Pochettino at the club. The manager has done wonders with his team and is a tactical genius. With the likes of Barcelona on the hunt for a new manager, Pochettino could well be on the wishlist of some top clubs this summer and if Spurs lose him, they’d lose all the momentum the club has built up over the last few years. Wondering what Jonathan predicts for the upcoming fixtures of the Premier League? Check out his Premier League section on FootballPredictions.com for analysis and match previews.

Mauricio Pochettino Hands Struggling Spurs Man Huge Blow

Vincent Janssen will have been rubbing his hands together with excitement on Sunday evening having seen Harry Kane hobble off against Millwall as well as netted his first goal in a Spurs shirt from open play. 

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Harry Kane’s injury in the opening stages of the 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall was very similar to the one the Englishman suffered back in September against September. In that instance, he was sidelined for two months with that particular injury.

Two months from now takes us to the final game on 13th May against Manchester United, which will be the final Premier League match at White Hart Lane (or will it be?). With that being the penultimate game of the Premier League, Kane would miss most of the rest of the season if his ankle injury of similar severity to the one last time earlier on this season.

Although nobody likes to see their teammates injured, Vincent Janssen might have been secretly jumping for joy after his fired himself into the mix for a starting spot, netting the fifth goal on Sunday afternoon. With Heung-min Son not being a recognised striker, you would think that the Dutchman would be next in line for a starting spot. However, this might not turn out to be the case.

These words from the Argentine boss seem to suggest that he will play Heung-min Son up front while Kane is sidelined with his ankle injury, just as he did a few times earlier on in the season when Kane was out.

This will come as a huge blow for struggling striker Vincent Janssen, who will have been looking to build on his first goal from open play in the 6-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup with a starting spot in the absense of Harry Kane.

Who do you think will start up front in the next few weeks in place of Kane?

Spurs Ready To Pounce If Manchester United Star’s Contract Talks Stall

The Mirror report that Jesse Lingard will hold talks with Manchester United this week regarding a new contract. While all of this is going on, Tottenham are keeping an eye on Lingard’s situation, ready to make a move if contract talks stall. 

The 24-year-old is apparently one of the lowest paid members of the Manchester United squad, and having seen the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba arrive on preposterous amounts of money, Lingard would like his salary to be raised.

It is believed that Lingard wants to move into the middle band of earners at the club, and a £60,000 per-week deal would take the Englishman into this middle band. Although the salary itself might not be an issue for a club as big as Manchester United, it is the length of contract that could prove to be a stumbling block in negotiations. The Mirror claim that Lingard is seeking a new five-year deal at Old Trafford, whereas United would prefer him to put pen to paper on a fresh four-year deal.

If negotiations grind to a halt, it has been suggested that Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham would be more than happy to take the Englishman away from Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino has a track record of working well with young English players with huge potential, and a player like Jesse Lingard certainly falls into this bracket. The England international is also not afraid to show up in the bigger matches, scoring his third goal at Wembley in Manchester United’s 3-2 EFL Cup final win over Southampton.

Lingard has found an extended run in the team under Jose Mourinho hard to come by, and has made fourteen Premier League appearances so far this season. In that time, the 24-year-old has created 20 chances and made 18 key passes despite providing just two assists.

The Manchester United man could find himself in the starting eleven tonight though as Jose Mourinho and United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this evening. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, Anthony Marial and Wayne Rooney are both injured, and Marcus Rashford is suffering with illness. That leaves United with no recognised striker for the crunch clash with Chelsea, and Lingard could well occupy the forward role at Stamford Bridge.

Harry Kane To Finish As League’s Top Goalscorer?

Do you know what is the most-watched sports league in the world? The English Premier League, of course. Barca and Real often grab the spotlight, but the EPL is the most consistent source of entertainment for an audience that is estimated at almost 5 billion people.

And William Hill does make most of it. Bet on the EPL live! Click on the Sports tab and choose Football, you can’t miss it. Under Competitions, you’ll find what is still arguably the most famous league of them all: the English Premier League.

When you bet in-play, you can choose among more than 200 live markets for every match. Who will be the last goalscorer? Will anyone score in the first ten minutes? Who will be carded? Will there be a hat-trick? Will a team score in both halves? You name it, we have it. It’s a great way to showcase your knowledge about the more obscure corners of the Premier League.

It looks like Chelsea is set to win this year. In fact, all the odds are in their favour so much that it’s boring. That’s why we have the category called W/O Chelsea. Just imagine Chelsea disappeared in the Twilight Zone and make your pick. It is much more interesting when you have to decide between teams like Man City and Spurs, which have both had a great season. If you need more, there is also the Top 4 Finish category.

To Stay Up and Relegation are not the most glitzy category, but they may well be the most entertaining ones. The battles to stay in the Premier League have that tinge of desperation which is the necessary condition for a good thriller. Could it be that Leicester City, which won the most memorable title in League’s history last year, will end up being relegated? When there is more at stake, everyone risks more. Will you follow suit and make your biggest bet on an underdog?

Top Goalscorer could be the most attractive category, as you follow superstars on their bid for glory. Just like in the team category, there is a clear favourite: Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. He finished†top scorer†of the 2015ñ16 season with 25 goals, and he looks set to repeat that feat. But Lukaku, Costa and Sanchez are nothing to sneeze at, either. Or you could just throw caution to the wind and bet on Benteke or Giroud, hoping for that hundred-to-one chance to come up.

A very simple and useful way to get informed is our Tip Advisor. Our users include veritable football encyclopedias, some of whom are kind enough to share their wisdom with others. It might be worth your while to look at their suggestions.

Betting on the English Premier League live is a great way to participate in the most prestigious competition on the planet. It would be a real pity to miss out on that, especially if a team or a player is close to your heart. Nothing hurts so much as lost opportunities, so don’t turn your back on them.

Son Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted 4-2-3-1 Line-Up To Face Everton

Spurs will be looking to cement their place in second spot this season when they welcome an in-form Everton side to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. 

In terms of team news, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain sidelined, whilst Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will face late fitness tests after Saturday’s training. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Everton.

GK: Hugo Lloris

What a magnificent save Lloris pulled off last week at White Hart Lane against Stoke. It was a superb reaction save, and we hope for more of the same here against an in-form Romelu Lukaku.

RB: Kyle Walker

Another solid performance from Walker last week in the Premier League. I back him to continue his good form this weekend and to start against Everton.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld will face a late fitness test, and I hope he is fit to play. He and Vertonghen will have to deal with the attacking threat of Lukaku, and these two pairing up at the back increases the chances of a clean sheet.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen also faces a late fitness test after training on Saturday, and has on occasion man-marked the main striker. I think him and Alderweireld will rotate if they both start in terms of marking the Everton striker.

LB: Ben Davies

I’m not a huge fan of Ben Davies playing as a left wing-back. I much prefer to see him in a full-back role and have another winger higher up the pitch. His defensive qualities are excellent, but he hasn’t quite grasped making the right runs at wing-back for me.

It Would Be Devestating: 3 Spurs Men That Could Leave The Club This Summer

As Spurs look to secure Champions League football for next season with a strong finish to the season, we start to look at who might leave and who might come in over the summer. Here are three Spurs men that could leave the club, and it would be a massive blow if they did.

1) Kyle Walker

I would say that Kyle Walker is the best right-back in the Premier League. His defensive abilities are sometimes the least of some team’s worries when they line up against the Englishman. If Walker’s final ball improved just a little bit, then he would be world-class.

The 26-year-old has been a key figure under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, showing his versatility, being able to master the right-wing-back role as well as his more familiar right-full-back role.

However, the Englishman’s outstanding form in North London has not gone unnoticed. Barcelona have not really properly replaced Dani Alves since he left the club last season, and Walker has found a way onto their summer shortlist. I doubt a change in manager with Luis Enrique leaving at the end of this season would have much of an affect on Barcelona’s interest, who could put in a high bid this summer according to the London Evening Standard.

Walker’s attacking threat would be sorely missed if he made a move away at the end of this season. In 25 Premier League games this term, Walker has created 32 chances and provided five assists for Spurs.

Really? Spurs Summer Signing Explains Why He Has Failed To Succeed At Tottenham

Moussa Sissoko dramatically arrived at White Hart Lane on deadline day last summer, but has failed to make any kind of positive impression since his £30m transfer from Newcastle.

We all remember how Sissoko infamously switched off his phone as Everton tried to contact him about a potential medical ahead of a move to Goodison Park as he travelled to sign from Tottenham Hotspur. Daniel Levy had to fork out £30m, a club record, for Sissoko, and Spurs fans would have been expecting much better performances than they have seen to date.

The Frenchman now regularly finds himself on the bench for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and apart from one half-decent performance down the right against Manchester United, Sissoko has failed to have any kind of impact since his deadline day arrival. The former Newcastle man is limited to appearances off the bench for Spurs, and now has a new theory as to why he has failed to hit the heights expected of him at White Hart Lane.

Speaking to beIN Sports recently, Sissoko claimed that he has failed to hit top form in North London due to the fact that he is “trying to learn because I have to get used to a new style of playing in a new team”.

Spurs fans let out a collective groan earlier on this afternoon when in the same interview Sissoko said “my future is at Tottenham and I’m trying to give my best”. This was said in light of recent reports linking the Frenchman with a move to Italy.

Should we be surprised that Sissoko hasn’t succeeded at Tottenham?

No, not really. All this transfer, and Sissoko’s inability to succeed at White Hart Lane, shows is how much a player’s value can rocket to astronomical levels just after a few good displays at the European Championships. The fact of the matter is that Sissoko was poor at best for Newcastle for the whole of last season, and failed steer them clear from the drop, or do anything at all in fact to help the cause.

I saw the £30m deadline day move for Sissoko as nothing more than a panic buy back in September, and nothing has changed since then. The Frenchman’s work ethic has never been excellent, and we should not be surprised that Sissoko has failed to find many first team opportunities at a club with a manager that hands of chances in the team based on hard work and good work ethic in training.

The 3 Best Tottenham Players From Convincing 4-0 Victory Over Stoke City

It was an afternoon to remember for Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday as they romped to a convincing 4-0 win over Stoke City to keep them within reaching distance of table-topping Chelsea and distance themselves from Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs, who did not play this weekend.

Following the terrible result in midweek against Gent, Tottenham needed to bounce back to prevent their season from collapsing – and they did just that. A fast start saw Kane score a first half hat trick, before providing an assist to Dele Alli to net a 4th on the stroke of half-time.

1 – Harry Kane

Well, obviously. Kane was at his deadly best on Sunday afternoon, firing a fine first-half hat trick to give Spurs a comfortable win. Not only did he score 2 goals, but he also provided a nice assist for Dele Alli. We, as fans, cannot really ask for any more from Kane. He has a phenomenal record for a young man and for Tottenham to be successful they simply need to find another player capable of sharing the goals burden with him. Janssen really doesn’t offer anything at the moment, Pochettino needs to find a striker that can fire when Kane’s head is down.