Matches | Fresh Spurs - Part 10


Crystal Palace Vs Spurs: Match Preview, Key Players And More

Returning to league action for the first time since their exhilarating win over Chelsea, Tottenham will be confident of extending their seven-match unbeaten run but know they face a serious test in the form of a Palace side intent on embarking on a hot streak of their own under Alan Pardew. Palace’s chances are not helped by the absence of key duo Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie, both of whom are away on international duty, so Spurs will be expecting 3 points leaving South London.

Where will the match be won?

The midfield battle will be crucial in the outcome. With Chadli and Townsend likely on the wings providing strength, pace and goals, the control of the middle two, likely Dembele & Stambouli, will be important. They’re composure and passing accuracy will be vital in breaking up play and the speed of how we attack going forward relies on those two getting the ball up the pitch as quickly as possible and using the ball effectively.

Who are the key players?

Mousa Dembele: With Ryan Mason out injured and Nabil Bentaleb over with Algeria at the AFCON, the responsibility of running the midfield and utilising the ball well and effectively moving our attacks quickly falls on Dembele. Often frustrating to watch, the Belgian has great technical ability and can be good when he puts his mind to it as we saw against Chelsea. He slotted in and held the ball for us very well and his physical ability to turn away from the opponent and feed the ball forward kept us in control of the game. That is what he will be expected to do against Palace.

Hugo Lloris: Considered by nearly all of our fans as our true Captain and best player, Hugo will be fundamental in helping us win any game this season. His save at 4-2 up from Azpilicueta against Chelsea prevented us from being in a precarious situation and it meant we stayed in control and we didn’t have to start defending to protect our lead, from set-pieces, his commanding presence and leadership means that he gives us every opportunity to win any match. Any attack that Palace have, Lloris will need to be at the top of his game to shut them out and give Spurs the result they need on Saturday.

Wilfred Zaha: With Yannick Bolasie over at the AFCON, the responsibility of creating chances on a quick break for the hosts will be down to Zaha. So it’ll be up to most likely Walker and Davies to stop Zaha from bombing down the wings, something that Bolasie did very successfully at The Lane last month and giving Palace chances to snatch goals.

Dembele Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Palace

Following a disappointing 1-1 draw at Turf Moor with Burnley, Tottenham have added another fixture to their busy January, and their next fixture is a trip to Selhurst Park for a London derby against Crystal Palace. This will be Alan Pardew’s first Premier League game in charge of Crystal Palace after the sacking of Neil Warnock, and he will be looking to get off to the best start possible. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Ryan Mason picked up a hamstring injury early on in the 5-3 win over Chelsea on New Year’s Day and Mauricio Pochettino has reported that he and Erik Lamela will not be available for the trip to Palace, but could make their returns next week against Sunderland at White Hart Lane. Nabil Bentaleb is on African Cup Of Nations duty with Algeria, so therefore, he is out.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris:

I have heard from many people that they think Hugo Lloris has been our best and most consistent player of 2014. This has sparked interest from some of the biggest European clubs. Lloris is an exceptional keeper and should start at Selhurst Park.

Defence: Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio, Danny Rose:

People are starting to realise the importance of starting Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio now, and the record that Spurs have when those two have started at the back is excellent. However, I feel that mistakes at the back need to be minimised. Kyle Walker has been solid since his return, although I will admit that he didn’t have his best game against Chelsea, but we all have those!

Midfield (Holding): Mousa Dembele, Benjamin Stambouli:

The absence of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb gives these two midfielders a great chance to impress. Benjamin Stamboui has impressed me the most over Dembele, and he should, get a starting place no matter what. I feel that Dembele has put in better performances than other midfielders this season, and is further up the pecking order than likes of Etienne Capoue. The absence of Bentaleb could see Capoue make an appearance in a cup game perhaps.

Midfield (Attacking): Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli:

This trio worked fantastically against Chelsea and I expect more of the same here. Chadli was exceptional against Chelsea and he has developed so much as a player this season under Mauricio Pochettino. Christian Eriksen has been fantastic this season, and has scored a couple of our late winners. Andros Townsend has taken the opportunity that he has been given with open arms and has put in a few good performances, scoring the penalty on. New Year’s Day.

Striker: Harry Kane:

Since his introduction into the first team, Harry Kane has been a pivotal player for us. If he continues his current form, he can be a twenty goal per season man. He should definitely start without a shadow of a doubt.

‘Not What We Wanted’ Fans Slightly Angered But Still Positive After Draw With Burnley

Off the back of an impressive 5-3 win at White Hart Lane over Chelsea, Tottenham were full of confidence at the start of the game at Turf Moor, despite Mauricio Pochettino naming a much changed team prior to the kick-off. A very poor first half saw neither side register a single shot on target. The game improved in the second half, mainly due to the introduction of Harry Kane, and it wasn’t long until Nacer Chadli fired Spurs in front, only for the goal later to be cancelled out by Sam Vokes. Spurs fans were left angered as they saw their side let a lead slip, but more so about the fact that Tottenham will have to play yet another game in what is already a very tight schedule for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Although a date has not been confirmed, it has been said by Burnley that a likely date is 14th January. Here is how Twitter reacted to the draw.


Burnley Vs Spurs: Match Preview, Key Players And More

On Monday Night, Spurs travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Off the back of the absolutely incredible 5-3 win over Chelsea, Spurs have the opportunity to carry that momentum with them into the start of their FA Cup run. The two sides met a couple of weeks ago in the Premier League at White Hart Lane, Spurs won 2-1 but Burnley gave them more of a match than most expected and will do the same again here.

Where will the match be won?

Burnley had a habit recently for coming back in games and scoring to earn points when behind. They were behind against Newcastle three times on New Year’s Day and equalised three times to earn a point, so Burnley’s resilience mustn’t be underestimated by Spurs going into this game. If Spurs go ahead in this game, they must continue to pressure and not give Burnley any opportunity to try and claw themselves back in this game and they’ll need to close it off until it’s out of Burnley’s reach.

Key Players:

Harry Kane: From unused youngster to being the hottest property in North London, the rise of Harry Kane this season has been incredible. His monumental display against Chelsea, scoring twice and winning a penalty, and the way he demolished Cahill & Terry was a sight to behold. His all-round play, strength and pace is everything needed to be a great striker which is what he is developing into and will continue his hot form here.

Nacer Chadli: The 25-year-old has transformed his game, and has already accumulated eight goals in just 21 games this season. A clinical finisher, Chadli has been a potent outlet for Spurs and one of the major positives of their improved form. It is easy to see where he has improved, too. Although most of his game remains of a similar standard to last term, Chadli has started to become much more of a goalscoring threat under Pochettino. Chadli is not only taking considerably more shots on goal, but he is also proving to be more accurate when he does and he is reaping the rewards. With only half the season gone, Chadli could easily reach twenty goals in all competitions if he continues at this rate and, after being written off by many, he may just put the ‘magnificent’ back into his nickname.

Danny Ings: The young English striker, like Kane, is making a huge difference to his side. With five goals and three assists in the last month, his efforts have moved Burnley up from the bottom of the table and giving them a real chance of survival. In the League game against Spurs he had several chances to earn them a point but didn’t take them. If he’s more ruthless with his chances, he’ll give the side a great chance of a Cup upset.

Kane Dropped! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Burnley

I was extremely impressed by the performance that I saw against Chelsea in the 5-3 win over Jose Mourinho’s men, and this will give the Spurs side confidence when they face Burnley in the FA Cup on Monday night. It is a break from the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino could make many changes to his side. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Erik Lamela missed out on a starting place on New Year’s Day against Chelsea and he has confirmed on Twitter that it was a calf injury that kept him out, so he is doubt again for the trip to Turf Moor. Ryan Mason is also a doubt to make the starting eleven after he limped off. Finally, Nabil Bentaleb is away on African Cup of Nations duty with Algeria, so he is out.

Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:

This trend was not really followed at the start of the season, but Michel Vorm is our cup goalkeeper, and I think that he will start, this time in the FA Cup. I was impressed with the former Swansea man against Newcastle, who was alert and ready when he was called into action.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose:

I do not think that DeAndre Yedlin will be rushed into the thick of it, after arriving just a week or so ago, so Kyle Naughton could make his last appearance for Spurs with Stoke interested in a potential transfer. Jan Vertonghen had a solid game against Chelsea and can provide some stability in the defence. Younes Kaboul wants more playing time, so I think the boss will give him his chance to impress here. Lastly, Danny Rose should get the chance to build on the goal that he got against Chelsea.

Midfield (Holding): Benjamin Stambouli, Mousa Dembele:

Both of the young holding midfielders are either out or a doubt for this match, so it is a chance for both Stambouli and Dembele to give Mauricio Pochettino a selection headache in future games. The Belgian has been reduced to many substitute appearances this season, and could impress on Monday night as it appears he is below Stambouli in the pecking order.

Midfield (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Andros Townsend:

It will be all change in the Tottenham ranks for the FA Cup, with many players getting their chance to impress, and with the January transfer window well underway, Pochettino will be working out who exactly he wants to get rid of this month. Paulinho hasn’t had too many minutes this season and should get his chance, along with Aaron Lennon, who has been heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.

Striker: Roberto Soldado:

As you know, I am a massive Roberto Soldado and would love him to score fifteen or so goals per season. Harry Kane has played a lot of football over the Christmas period, and could well be rested for the trip to Burnley.


Player Ratings: Spurs 5-3 Chelsea

Spurs produced the performance of a lifetime to humble league leaders Chelsea on a night to remember at White Hart Lane.

It was business as usual to start with Jose Mourinho’s side as Danny Rose switched off to see Oscar’s strike find the net off Diego Costa’s boot, but as usual Harry Kane had other ideas – beating two Blues players to find the bottom corner from outside the box.

The Lane then erupted as Nacer Chadli’s shot came off the post and landed at the feet of left-back Rose who made up for his earlier error by finding the bottom corner. Kane was again the pain in Chelsea’s side as he was felled inside to box to allow Andros Townsend the chance to hand us a 3-1 lead at the break – which he duly obliged.

The second half began where the first had left off – with Harry Kane turning and shooting to send Spurs into a 4-1 dreamland. Eden Hazard pinned it back to 4-2 before Nacer Chadli sealed the deal with a fantastic right-footed finish.

John Terry’s late tap in was enough to leave us holding our breath but Pochettino’s side held on to clinch a famous victory.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris 7 – Hugo couldn’t do anything for any of the Chelsea goals but on this occasion we can forgive him. His save to keep us in it with the score at 4-2 was as good as a goal itself and the captain can be proud of him and his side’s victory.

Danny Rose 7 – Started very shaky and was guilty of switching off in front of Eden Hazard for the first. But he grew into the game brilliantly and even finished a brilliant goal to hand us the lead for the first time.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Worked tirelessly at the back especially as the pressure was piled on. Unified the back 4 as Diego Costa ran the channels and Fabregas picked his passes.

Federico Fazio 7 – Valuable aerially and tussled with Costa well as expected. Attacked every ball and hit every challenge with real desire.

Kyle Walker 7 – The best out-ball in the league surely, even after his massive injury. in the first half – even when we were behind – he was our most exciting prospect when we had the ball on halfway. Carries the ball forward brilliantly.

Ryan Mason N/a – A shame he left injured.

Nabil Bentaleb 8 – Crazy to think that the 19 year old looked right at home in between Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas today. Brilliantly mature performance and was called upon for more defensive duties than ever – but was awesome on the counter.

Nacer Chadli 9 – What a game from the Belgian. Goals and assists galore on the field and he came close to scoring more than his eventual one goal throughout the game. Beat Ivanovic countless times and showed his strength at the end of the game.

Christian Eriksen 8 – Pulled the strings in the middle and was unlucky not to get in on the scoring action. Had options left and right and used them efficiently, escaping Matic effortlessly.

Andros Townsend 7 – Fantastically energetic game and a superbly clinical finish from the spot. Useful on the counter attack with ridiculous pace and some amusing Cryff-turns too.

Harry Kane 9 – I’m running out of  positive adjectives to describe the players today and they are NEEDED now! Kane grabbed two stunning goals and chipped in with assists too as he ran Cahill and Terry ragged. His unbelievable season continues.


Mousa Dembele 8 – Replaced Mason earlier than expected but lived up to his teammate’s role. Showed wicked technical skill and strength and produced some creativity that we haven’t seen this season.

Paulinho 6 – Provided some energy but was really only on the pitch for the fresh legs.

Ben Davies N/a

What a game. Chelsea have only been beaten by one other Premier League side this season and we’ve put FIVE past them.

Credit HAS to go to Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli who played out of their skins, in a young side which included the likes of Nabil Bentaleb – in their first full season of League football.

Nobody can take this amazing performance away from us and my only hope is that we can produce the same levels of intensity for the rest of the campaign.

Happy 2015, Spurs.

‘WHAT. A. WIN’ Fans Over The Moon With Win Over Chelsea

Tottenham got the year off to one of the best possible starts when they beat Chelsea at White Hart Lane to move just two points off of Southampton, who currently occupy fourth spot. The Saints beat Arsenal today. Chelsea took the lead when Diego Costa turned in a shot by Oscar, Harry Kane hit back for Spurs with a great goal from twenty-five yards. That started the turnaround. Danny Rose smashed home a shot from Nacer Chadli that hit the post, Kane then won a penalty that was converted by Andros Townsend. Kane gave Spurs a 4-1 lead before Eden Hazard pulled one back for Jose Mourinho’s side pouncing on a mistake by Federico Fazio. Chadli restored the three-goal lead. John Terry pulled a goal back, but that proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal as Spurs ran out deserved winners. Here is how Twitter reacted to the fantastic win for Tottenham.

Spurs Vs Chelsea: Match Preview, Key Players And More

After a very topsy-turvy 2014 year that had the lowest of lows at some points with a few select very good moments and a year which did end well, Spurs will be aiming to start 2015 the best way possible as they host Premier League leaders Chelsea. The two sides met at Stamford Bridge just over four weeks ago and the Blues ran out 3-0 winners, but Spurs took away a lot of encouragement from that performance if not the result and the Lilywhites are unbeaten in the Premier League since that defeat. Winning three and drawing two in their last five games. But Mauricio Pochettino knows that if we’re to keep that run going we need to deliver a gutsy, gritty display against the best side in England.

Where will the match be won?

The match will surely be won in the battle of Chelsea’s attack against Tottenham’s defence. Chelsea have the best goalscoring record in the Premier League so far with 41 goals to their name this season. Spurs new-found centre-back partnership of Fazio and Vertonghen have played the last 14 games together, winning ten of those and only losing once. Ben Davies and Kyle Walker’s return to the team have also improved Spurs defensively. Those four will need the game of their lives if they’re to keep out the likes of Fabregas, Hazard and Costa and give Spurs a chance of achieving a result.

Who are the key players?

Christian Eriksen:

Eriksen has produced outstanding displays over the last month, scoring to help Spurs beat Hull, Everton, Swansea and Leicester, in addition, his Man of the Match display against Newcastle helped Spurs reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. After a slow start to the campaign, Eriksen is reaching top form and he will need to be at the peak of his game if he is to compete with Chelsea’s midfield on New Year’s Day.

Federico Fazio:

Since his integration into the first-team, Fazio has shown massive improvement. Fazio arrived this summer with good intentions; hopefully blossoming a solid defensive partnership with whom he was put alongside. However, Fazio’s anomalous beginning to England saw him rotated regularly until the beginning of December, where himself and Jan Vertonghen have formed a steady relationship as the last line of defence. The pair have played together 14 times, winning 10 times, only losing once, against Chelsea. Also, Fazio has an explosive history with Chelsea forward Diego Costa from their time in Spain. Costa was suspended for the December clash but will lead Chelsea’s attack on New Year’s Day.

Cesc Fabregas:

Chelsea have one key man, all too familiar with playing Spurs, Cesc Fabregas. After picking a pass to Eden Hazard for the Belgian to equalise against Southampton on Sunday, the 27-year-old now has 13 assists in the top-flight this season. Not only is that the highest amount in the division, it’s also five more than anyone else. Fabregas has created 61 chances (including assists) this season – seven more than second-placed Stewart Downing and 10 more than Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. If Spurs are to stand any chance of getting any result from this game, they must get to Fabregas and stop him playing his game.

Lamela Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Chelsea

It doesn’t get much easier for Tottenham in the New Year after they played out a 0-0 draw with Manchester United. Next Up for Spurs is a match with Chelsea at White Hart Lane. The league leaders also drew on Sunday, but they have the edge over Mauricio Pochettino’s side, after they beat Spurs in early December convincingly 3-0. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns to carry over from 2014, and Nabil Bentaleb is set to return to the fold after he missed the goalless draw with Manchester United through illness.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

I simply cannot stress how impressed I have been with this Frenchman over the last two games, especially against Louis van Gaal’s men. He earned Man Of The Match on our player ratings in the last two matches, and if he keep up this form, we will keep a lot more clean sheets than we have been.

Defence: Kyle Walker, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies:

After being rested on Sunday, I expect Kyle Walker to return to the right-back spot ahead of the out-of-position Vlad Chiriches. I can’t see anybody beating either Jan Vertonghen or Federico Fazio to either centre-back positions. Ben Davies played well against United, and should keep his place at left-back. A rather simple defensive line-up, with just one change at right-back.

Midfield (Holding): Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason:

Although he has played well in the last couple of games, I do not think that summer signing Benjamin Stambouli has set the world alight with his performances, so with Nabil Bentaleb could return in his place. Mason and the Algerian have been excellent this season when they have been paired together in the middle of the park.

Midfield (Attacking): Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli:

Andros Townsend didn’t have the best of games on Sunday, and wasn’t particularly good at covering for Chiriches, Lamela is slightly better at this for me, although this may not be required as Kyle Walker could return to the starting line-up. As I have said before, Christian Eriksen is a vital part of the team and should once again start behind the striker in the centre. Chadli looked okay on Sunday, but just lacked the finishing touches, just like the rest of the team to be honest.

Striker: Harry Kane:

Mauricio Pochettino could, and maybe should return to a 4-2-3-1 formation again to play against Chelsea, and that means having just the one striker up front. If you are starting just one man up top, there is no one better than Harry Kane to put there, with fifteen goals in all competitions, he should be the man to tackle John Terry and Gary Cahill in the Chelsea defence.

Player Ratings: Spurs 0-0 Manchester United

Defences were on top at White Hart Lane as Hugo Lloris was once again the hero in between the sticks for Spurs.
The Frenchman sprang into action countless times as United pressed during a relentless first, notably to deny Robin van Persie when 1-on-1 and then a top-corner-bound effort from Ashley Young minutes before half time.
Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen had their work cut out as the formidable strikeforce of Van Persie and Falcao threatened to break the deadlock.

The game really came to the boil in the second period as Spurs began to create chances of their own thanks to the delivery of Christian Eriksen and restless work from Harry Kane.

The latter presented fellow youngster Ryan Mason with a golden chance to steal 3 points with just minutes remaining but he couldn’t keep his shot down from 6 yards as the breathless encounter finished goalless.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris 8 – The Boss once again. My Man of the Match for yet another inspired performance, with some of the saves of the season on show – especially from Young’s curler.

Vlad Chiriches 7 – Repaid the faith shown in him by Pochettino and settled the undoubted nerves felt by all when he was named ahead of Walker at right back. Coped well with Young and got forward in the second half.

Federico Fazio 7 – I’d go as far to say his best game in Spurs colours. Won everything in the air whether it be going forward or defending, and was unlucky to see his impressively technical volley saved by De Gea.

Jan Vertonghen 8 – Would have been my man of the match were it not for Hugo’s magic. Kept Van Persie and Falcao at bay throughout the game and read almost everything Mata and Rooney had to offer. Two goalline clearances.

Ben Davies 7 – Impressively mature display from the youngster, who is brilliantly defensively sound. Clever when going forward and kept substitute Rafael quiet.

Benjamin Stambouli 6 – Not sure he really fits the style of play we were going for as he wasn’t particularly efficient at protecting the back 4 alongside his creativity. Bentaleb should find his way back in soon, but not the worst game from Benji.

Ryan Mason 6 – A few misplaced touches here and there and DEFINITELY should have wrapped up our 3 points, but Mason was still ever present and ran tirelessly throughout.

Andros Townsend 7 – Excellent game from the surprise inclusion. Produced some magical balls from the right, especially his deft chip for Harry Kane in the first half.

Christian Eriksen 7 – Almost silent in the first 45 but came into his own in the second. Some awesome deliveries from dead balls and tested De Gea himself once or twice. Needed the ball at his feet more often.

Nacer Chadli 6 – Fairly quiet in my opinion but ran the channels well. Would have been better as a second half substitute as United’s legs tired as the game wore on but Chadli never unleashed his pace.

Harry Kane 7 – Great game from the young sensation even after his largely fruitless first half. During that spell he dropped deeper to help out a packed midfield but the second half saw him terrorise Phil Jones and create game winning chances.


Mousa Dembele 7 – Thought he was brilliant when he came on and held it up wonderfully.

Erik Lamela N/a