Matches | Fresh Spurs - Part 15


Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Asteras Tripolis

Off the back of a Capital One Cup victory over Brighton, Tottenham got back to winning ways on Sunday when Harry Kane fired in a deflected free-kick in the 90th minute to beat Aston Villa. This time, it is the Europa League for Spurs, making that three competitions in three games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. We face Asteras Tripolis, who Erik Lamela has fond memories of facing, famously scoring a rabona in a 5-1 win. Here is the Spurs team news and predicted line-up.

Team News: 

Many players have not made the trip to Asteras, all of Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon, Kyle Naughton and Nabil Bentaleb are all still in London. Hugo Lloris is out through suspension after picking up a red card last time out against Asteras. As we know, Kyle Walker is a long-term absentee.

Predicted Line-Up: (4-2-3-1) 

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm: 

Vorm is set to make his first European start for Tottenham after Lloris picked up a red card last time out in Europe, and Brad Friedel has been left in London. That now makes Vorm almost an odds on certainty to start against Asteras as he aims to impress Pochettino with a clean-sheet here.

Defence: Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies: 

This selection is mainly due to squad rotation, giving Fazio a run-out in the starting line-up following his suspension, and with no Younes Kaboul, it is possible that Jan Vertonghen will take the captain’s armband for the night. It will be interested to see how Eric Dier gets on after his nightmare against Newcastle as he is likely to start as Kyle Naughton has been left at home. Ben Davies has admitted it has been tough so far at Spurs, and wants to push for a Premier League start, and he has the perfect chance to do this tonight.

Midfield (Holding): Benjamin Stambouli, Mousa Dembele: 

After a poor series of performances from Etienne Capoue, this could be the perfect chance to capitalise on this by putting in a good performance. If anybody, Stambouli could take his place if Pochettino chooses to leave him out as Stambouli a prepared more to sit back and protect the defence. He will have to play well to stay up the pecking order ahead of Nabil Bentaleb.

Midfield: (Attacking): Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen: 

I feel that Pochettino must start Roberto Soldado in the number ten role if he wishes to continue this trend. It will get him used to playing the position, and it will hopefully boost his confidence and he can start finding the net again. Christian Eriksen was out of form against Villa, hence being substituted at half-time. This is a good chance for Eriksen to rediscover his form, and Pochettino could try him out on the left to see if he can do the same as he did under Tim Sherwood.

Striker: Harry Kane: 

Harry simply must start up front for Spurs on Thursday night. The only reason for not starting him would be resting him for our home clash with Stoke on Sunday. Emmanuel Adebayor could start up top on his own, but I feel that Harry needs another start to keep racking up the goals and improving his tally for this season. If Soldado starts, then it would be a perfect time to try out this partnership between the Spaniard and Kane.

‘Great To See Passion’: Fans React To 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa

Reaction was positive from a Tottenham point of view as Mauricio Pochettino’s side snatched a late win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. It took an 83rd minute goal from Nacer Chadli to cancel out a 17th minute goal from Andreas Weimann. Then Harry Kane found a late winner from a free-kick on the 90th minute to give Spurs a late three points. Many on Twitter had previously been calling for the inclusion of Harry Kane in the Premier League, and this time their prayers were answered, albeit he didn’t start the match. One fan even said that this could be the turning point in our season. This is how the fans reacted on Twitter.

Other reaction throughout the game was a number of tweets stating that Kane would have scored a fantastic chance that out of form Emmanuel Adebayor squandered in the first half when Spurs found themselves 1-0 down and searching for an equaliser.

Chadli And Kane Earn Spurs Win: Aston Villa 1-2 Spurs: Player Ratings

Tottenham certainly left it late to snatch three points from Aston Villa at Villa Park. An 83rd minute equalizer from Nacer Chadli and a 90th minute free-kick from substitute Harry Kane got us the three points in a feisty affair that saw Christian Benteke sent off after laying a hand on Ryan Mason.

Hugo Lloris- 7

Helpless for Villa’s goal there was no chance of him saving that, saved well afterwards when he needed to and swept up expertly as usual.

Danny Rose- 6

Often had a lot of room on the left but was too wasteful in his crosses, Got caught out of position several time as well

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Was often too carless in defence, had lots of problems against Benteke for the first half, not very impressive today

Younes Kaboul- 6

Also struggled marking Benteke, often panicked with very nervous clearances and didn’t show much solidity for large parts of the game at the back

Kyle Naughton- 6

Didn’t do much wrong defensively but was very cautious going forward, very nervous in his tackles as well, got overrun by Weimann on several occasions

Etienne Capoue- 5

Very disappointing today, failed to clear the cross for Villa’s goal, lost possession too often and kept getting overrun by Villa, game passed him by

Ryan Mason- 8

Kept  us from going further behind, only man who was driving the ball forward, and trying to get us back into the game, very rarely wasted the ball and won most of his tackles

Nacer  Chadli- 7

Was effective on both wings, created some good runs, scored at the crucial time for us which helped us win, solid showing

Andros Townsend- 6

Wasn’t on for long but he delivered some good crosses which troubled Villa, pace was effective cutting open Villa’s defence, won the free-kick for our winner too

Christian Eriksen- 5

Very poor showing, didn’t have a great influence on the game, couldn’t create any chances, very poor game by his standards

Erik Lamela- 6

Struggled to make an impact for much of the 2nd half, made some driving runs to create chances but wasn’t effective enough in the final third

Emmanuel Adebayor- 6

Had two golden chances that he should’ve scored, but wasted, drifted offside too often, wasn’t as strong in the air as he usually is

Roberto Soldado- 7

Had a couple of solid chances that he should’ve done better, looked much more comfortable playing in a 2 and worked well with both Adebayor and Kane

Harry Kane 8:

Made a fantastic impact when he came on, looked more positive in our attacks, gave Villa’s defence trouble with his pace and strength and brilliant goal to win it, keep it up, Harry

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Aston Villa

Spurs got back to winning ways when they beat Brighton 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup. The goals came from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, sparking huge debate over who should start at the weekend. Mauricio Pochettino has silenced this by hinting the Kane could be handed his first start of the Premier League season. Villa have not won in five games, scoring in none of them.

Team News: 

Spurs will travel to Villa Park without Kyle Walker and Nabil Bentaleb through injury. Kyle could be back soon, although the boos is not quite sure the exact date of the right-back’s return. Aaron Lennon is a doubt to make the starting eleven after picking up a knock on Wednesday.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris: 

Hugo has been in fantastic form recently, and has kept us in many games for large periods of time. It is almost guaranteed that the Frenchman will start at Villa Park.

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

Vertonghen has said some positive things about the team this week, and performed well on Wednesday, getting in a last ditch tackle to keep the game goalless and should start alongside the captain Younes Kaboul. Eric Dier should be rested now that Naughton is back from injury, it is not his natural position at right-back, and this showed for the first Newcastle goal last week.

Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capoue, Ryan Mason

This has been the holding midfield partnership for the past few week, and was quite effective at Manchester City, although we lost 4-1, it allowed one extra man to help out in attack, whilst the other was happy to sit back and protect the defence.

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

Pochettino has liked to stay with this attacking three all the way through the Premier League season, and you can understand that decision with two them being our top two goalscorers in the Premier League. It could only be a matter of time before Erik Lamela bags his first league goal for Tottenham as he bagged another cup goal, his third in last two cup appearances. It will also only be a matter of time before we see the full potential of Lamela, as he turned the game on its head when he came on at half-time.

Striker: Harry Kane

Pochettino has already hinted that Kane will start on Sunday, and rightly so. He has been in terrific form in cup competitions such as the Europa League and the Capital One Cup. If he can transfer this form into the Premier League it would be a huge boost as we need goals from up front. However, Kane could start behind the striker, although this is unlikely as Pochettino may want to keep the same attacking three as he has done in recent weeks.

Lamela The Difference: Player Ratings: Spurs 2-0 Brighton

Michel Vorm- 6

He wasn’t called upon too often, but when he was, he rose to the task sufficiently. He looked a bit sloppy early on, that was shown when he passed the ball straight out of play for a corner.

Kyle Naughton- 7

I thought Kyle had a really good game returning from injury. He showed real attacking intent when moving up the pitch, and didn’t forget his defensive duties, allowing little down his wing.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Jan made a couple of surging runs forward and allowed little past him for the whole ninety minutes. He made a last ditch tackle when the scores were locked at 0-0.

Federico Fazio- 6

He had much the same performance as Vertonghen on the night. He could have used his height more to get on the end of some good crosses that were delivered in at times from corners.

Ben Davies- 6

Ben looked pretty solid at the back, but when getting forward he looked hesitant when getting forward and didn’t quite know what to do when he burst into attacking positions.

Benjamin Stambouli- 6

He linked up play well in the middle of the park and had one shot early on that fizzed wide of the mark. Other than that, it was another strong performance from the summer signing.

Mousa Dembele- 6

Moussa played much like Stambouli in the middle, but we need to see more of those driving strong runs that we used to see from the Belgian that caused defences trouble.

Andros Townsend- 5

It wasn’t really one his best nights as he failed to get good crosses into the box. I felt that he was also quite wasteful when cutting inside and shooting like he usually does.

Nacer Chadli- 5

He didn’t really have too much of an impact on the game after coming on off the bench.  He lost the ball with his first touch, but made some surging runs in the closing stages.

Aaron Lennon- 6

He came off at half-time as he seemed to have picked up a knock, but in the 45 minutes that he did play, he performed generally well, creating some chances and getting into some good positions.

Erik Lamela- 8

He turned the game on its head after coming on for Lennon. He brought some trickery and pace to the game and latched onto a Roberto Soldado pass  to score his goal with a neat finish.

Harry Kane- 7

He contributed with another goal to see us to a well-earned victory. This wasn’t one of his better performances, but he looked good in the first half and showed strikers instinct for his goal.

Paulinho-  N/A

The Brazilian was only on the pitch for little over five minutes, and only managed to string a few passes together.

Roberto Soldado- 6

It was a frustrating night for Soldado. He was making the right runs, but not receiving the ball, which disheartened him a bit. He hit the crossbar and again, his link-up play was good.

‘Pochettino The Real Winner!’ Fans React To 2-0 Win Over Brighton

Tottenham cruised to victory at White Hart Lane, progressing to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Brighton. Mauricio Pochettino made some important substitutions that changed the game as Erik Lamela and Harry Kane got the two Spurs goals. In the next phase of the Capital One Cup, Spurs face Newcastle at home. One fan claimed that Pochettino was the real winner on a night that saw his changes had a massive impact on the final outcome of the match. Here is how the fans and players on Twitter reacted to the win.

After linking up well for the goal, many fans other than Nikhil suggested that Pochettino should start the two of them together at the same time so they can link up as they did against Brighton. Other claimed that the reason for the good chemistry between the two is a result of their great friendship off the patch as well as on it.

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Brighton

Tottenham will be eager to get back to winning ways after a loss at home to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. As usual as we switch competitions, Maurcio Pochettino is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that started against Newcastle as we look to progress into the next phase of the Capital One Cup. We face Brighton, who are just two points above the Championship relegation spots. Here is the team news and predicted lineup.

Team News:

Our woes in the right-back position continue as Kyle Naughton is still out nursing an ankle injury, whilst Kyle Walker remains out after undergoing abdominal surgery last month. Nabil Bentaleb is also out on contention.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm
Vorm hasn’t had too much game time thus far since joining Tottenham. He has been out of contention for a large chunk of this season whilst he completes a ‘fitness regime’. The former Swansea stopper has a good chance of starting now. He did feature in our last Capital One Cup match at home to Nottingham Forest.

Defence: Eric Dier, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches, Ben Davies
Eric Dier must start at right-back despite his costly errors at the weekend. Otherwise, you would have to start plunging players into a position that they have never played before and that would be too risky. After Kaboul hit out at players for being defeated, he needs to start and lead by example.

Midfield: (Holding) Benjamin Stambouli, Moussa Dembele
If he starts, Dembele will be key in the sense that he can drive and run at the Brighton defence from that holding role. Stambouli will be playing the Etienne Capoue role, holding back whilst other push higher up the pitch.

Midfield: (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela
I simply think that Erik Lamela needs confidence. That will then allow him to kick on in the Premier League, something that he hasn’t done yet. Harry Kane needs to start after he scored a hat-trick last week in the Europa League and is in a good run of form.

Forward: Roberto Soldado
Much like Lamela, Soldado is very short of confidence and needs a boost of confidence. If he starts, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to bag a couple of goals. As we saw on Sunday, he can link up with Kane very well, and if they both start, the two of them could be very hard to play against.

Why Brighton Is The Perfect Time To Experiment

As you may have noticed over the past few weeks, is hasn’t been going too well for Maurcio Pochettino in the Tottenham hot seat. It has been our worst start to the Premier League season since 2008/09 when Juande Ramos was at the helm (it seems a very long time ago doesn’t it).

Last week, we saw Spurs cruise to a 5-1 win over Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League. That was a game where we saw both Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane start in. However, we didn’t lineup as you might think we would. Pochettino deployed his players in his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, with Kane playing in the number ten position.

Now, some will say that you can get the best out of Harry Kane when you play him just behind the striker. You would certainly be lead to believe this, after the youngster bagged a hat-trick at White Hart Lane last Thursday.

As I said earlier, last week we tried Harry Kane and Emmanuel Adebayor out together, and that seemed to work quite well. As you will agree, the Premier League is no place to experiment. I feel that we are active in so many competitions, which means that we have plenty of games to try things out, and especially in these earlier rounds when we face possibly lesser opponents that we necessarily would face in the later rounds of the competition. This is possibly why Mauricio Pochettino mixed it up a bit in starting Kane and Adebayor.

I feel that this Capital One Cup game against Brighton is the perfect opportunity to start Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane together up front. We saw this partnership briefly on Sunday for seven minutes, and you would have to say, it worked well. The two linking up well to carve out our best chance of the second half. We would ideally like to see more of the same if they both start on Wednesday.

This isn’t just a night for Soldado and Kane. This is also a night for variation all over the pitch. Possibly swapping around the attacking three, and starting with Andros Townsend on the left and Aaron Lennon on the right. Another thing to bear in mind is that the starting XI isn’t permanent for the full ninety minutes. It is very easy for Pochettino to swap things around again at half time if the changes are not going according to plan.

So, when I look at the team sheets at around an hour before the game, I would like to see variation in the team selection, and then we may be able to tackle some of our Premier League issues.