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Kane & Alli Start: The Tottenham XI That Will Easily Defeat Arsenal on Saturday

Tottenham have shown their superiority over Arsenal in recent derbies, and I expect this one to be no different. Spurs will be boosted by the fact that Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris are all likely to be passed fit for the fixture between the two sides. Here’s the XI I think we’re likely to see defeat the Gunners…

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Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Captain Hugo is likely to be back for this game, and he’ll certainly be welcomed back to the XI with Arsenal likely to test the keeper more than some of Spurs’ recent opponents.

Defence: Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen

This back three worked well in the last fixture and with Alderweireld still sidelined, I expect to see a similar back three against the Gunners. Dier can, of course, step into midfield at any point in order to make a midfield five.

Midfield: Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose

Aurier and Rose pick themselves in the eleven for me. I think we need both of their passion in this eleven and their attacking ability on the flanks. Winks and Dembele can form a great partnership in the middle of the park.

Attack: Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen

Alli, Kane and Eriksen as a front three has a bit of everything. Kane will surely score against Arsenal again, he always does. Alli can come inside and support the striker, whilst hopefully Eriksen can bring his incredible international form into the picture.

3 Spurs Players Who Must Be Dropped After West Ham Performance

The victory over West Ham was a lot more complicated than it needed to be. Tottenham were clinical in the first half but in the second half a mixture of errors and disorganisation nearly saw Pochettino’s men drop a 3 goal lead. Not acceptable, and the players at fault for that should, in my opinion, sit out for a few games.

1 – Serge Aurier

Need I say more? The problematic full-back showed why PSG were so happy to let him go this summer as he put in a sluggish and ill-disciplined performance. Whilst the two tackles he was booked for were not overly malicious, they were just stupid – and for me, it was a matter of time before he got sent off as he struggled positionally all afternoon. I do feel as if Aurier’s pace makes up for his lack of tactical discipline at times and he certainly has a lot to learn before becoming a regular at Tottenham. I’d certainly like to see Trippier back in the side for some time now.

Two Full Debuts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Everton

Spurs travel to Goodison Park looking to avoid a run of three straight games without a win in the Premier League. After an uninspiring performance against Burnley, the players will not only be fighting for the three points, but a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Victor Wanyama was injured in the warm-up against Burnley and will have to sit out of this one as a result. Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou are all ruled out as they recover from long-term injuries. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Everton.

GK: Hugo Lloris

I think Mauricio Pochettino will make a few changes in this one to shake the team up a bit, but Lloris will surely keep his place.

CB: Davinson Sanchez

It was far from the perfect debut at Wembley for Sanchez. I felt a little bit of sympathy for him as he came onto the pitch just seconds after Burnley equalised at the death. He should get a proper chance here to show us what he can do.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The arrival of Sanchez should not split or break the strong partnership of Alderweireld and Vertonghen, it should compliment it. I expect the Belgian duo to keep their places in this one.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Wayne Rooney could still start a week after being charged with drink driving and he will have to be on the minds’ of the back three. The former England international has made a good start to the season and the primary goal will be for them to stop him hitting the back of the net.

RWB: Serge Aurier

I back Aurier to make his debut here. Securing a deadline day move, the Frenchman has had a few days to settle in after the international break and could make his first start at Goodison Park.

LWB: Ben Davies

Davies has looked a little more adventurous going forward this season and created a good chance down the left for Harry Kane against Burnley. With a three at the back system, he will have more license to get forward and create some more chances.

Player Ratings: Spurs 1-1 Burnley

The Wembley hoodoo continues. Spurs failed to win yet again at the National stadium as Burnley grabbed a last gasp equaliser to snatch a point through new signing Chris Wood. Dele Alli opened the scoring for Spurs early on in the second period, but the Lilywhites failed to see the game out, a lapse in concentration allowing Wood to get his Burnley career off the perfect start, sending the Burnley fans into pandemonium in the away end as they grabbed a priceless point. 

It was an underhwelming performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The regularlity of misplaced passes was the most I have seen in a long while, whist wing-backs Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier did little to trouble the Burnley back line. The lack of game management in the final minutes was certainly a key reason why Burnley were allowed to score their equaliser late equaliser. Why not just take the ball into the corner? Here are the Spurs player ratings from the disappointing draw with Burnley.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Made a good save in the second half to deny Burnley. Not too much he could have done about the goal, but his kicking does certainly need to improve

Kieran Trippier- 4

Not too much of a threat going forward, didn’t get into the positions he needed to be in to put in that brilliant delivery we know he is capable of. Let Chris Wood ghost in at the back post to score the equaliser, a ball he should have been cutting out.

Toby Alderweireld- 6

Solid from Alderweireld, playing the sweeper role so well as he always does and was there to deal with some dangerous situations effectively.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Much the same performance as Alderweireld. In fairness to the defensive duo, not much from Burnley came down the middle. Much of Spurs’ build-up play was slow yesterday, and while this is not the defence’s fault, quicker passes from the back might help to rectify this.

Ben Davies- 5

Looked to get forward and supply, but did this with very little success. Despite his outspoken comments a couple of weeks ago, the sooner Danny Rose is back, the better for me. Not a bad performance from Davies, but Spurs are missing the attacking threat of Rose.

Match Preview: Tottenham vs. Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham welcome Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to Wembley for the first home game of the new season in a match of significant importance so early in the campaign.

Pundits and fans alike have cast many doubts over Tottenham’s chances of Premier League success this season and many have stated the coming season will be a struggle due to playing at Wembley. This shouldn’t be an excuse for any shortcomings this season, but Spurs’ record at the National Stadium speaks for itself. Spurs won just once in five visits to Wembley last season including an embarrassing aggregate loss to Gent in the Europa League, so you can see why fans are not brimming with confidence.

So, the visit of the Premier League champions brings with it the perfect opportunity to silence early season critics and doubters. Revenge will be on the minds of the Spurs players following last season’s 4-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat where the introduction of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard won the game for the Blues.

Two players Spurs will not have to face on Sunday are Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, who have caused the Lilywhites problems in the past. Costa’s future seems uncertain at this moment in time, but it appears he will not be playing anymore football at Stamford Bridge. The decision to sell Matic has puzzled many and is clearly a decision that does not sit well with Antonio Conte.

The loss of two key players has not been easy for Chelsea as they fell to a shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley, who one just once away from Turf Moor last season. Alvaro Morata getting on the scoresheet is one of the few positives Chelsea fans can take from the opening day loss, but Morata missing a sitter, denying another goal and ill-discipline will be on the minds of many going into this Sunday’s trip to Wembley.

By contrast, Spurs got their campaign off to a winning start to Newcastle, running out 2-0 winners over Newcastle, Dele Alli and Ben Davies getting on the scoresheet. Until the sending off of Jonjo Shelvey just four minutes into the second half, Spurs failed to create many chances and didn’t really look like taking all three points. This is something that surely will be on Mauricio Pochettino’s mind ahead of Sunday.

Both seeing red on Saturday, Chelsea will be missing key creator Cesc Fabregas and captain Gary Cahill, which could prove big misses for the Blues. Spurs on the other hand will be without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela whilst Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Kieran Trippier are also unlikely to make the matchday squad which could mean another chance to impress for young Kyle Walker-Peters.

What do you see as the outcome for this one? Take a look at the best bookies & offerings on this one. I think Tottenham are good value for the win. Moreover, I think we are going to be in for an entertaining match on Sunday. Antonio Conte will be demanding a big response from his players after Saturday’s defeat while Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be keen to banish those Wembley woes. I would not be surprised if this one ended in a draw.

‘Best Player On The Park’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto Defender Following Newcastle Win

Spurs got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies were enough to see off the Magpies.

The first forty-five minutes were an uneventful affair with few chances for either side. Newcastle started the better but Spurs grew into the game, Christian Eriksen trying his luck from distance a couple of times but with little success.

The game changed early on in the second half when Andre Marriner sent off Newcastle captain Jonjo Shelvey for a stamp on Dele Alli. A stupid act right under the nose of the referee that saw him rightly sent for an early bath.

Spurs immediately looked to capitalise on their one man advantage and cashed in just after the hour mark. Christian Erisken floated a lovely ball over the top to Dele Alli, who made no mistake with a volleyed finish into the back of the net past Rob Elliot.

Just ten minutes later it was 2-0. A little bit of fortune involved perhaps, but Ben Davies reacted quickly to slide the ball past Elliot and to double Tottenham’s advantage, which they were able to hold onto right up until the final whistle.

Mauricio Pochettino faced a tough team selection at the start of the game. He appeared to be torn between playing a back three with Moussa Sissoko at wing-back or a back four with Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back. Both played in a 4-2-3-1 system and the youngster Walker-Peters impressed on his debut.

The full-back showed little signs of nerves, looked to pose a threat going forward and effectively dealt with the pace of Christian Atsu which even some of the best full-backs struggle to do when he is on the top of his game. His final ball could have been better and it is fair to say he doesn’t quite have the same pace as Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier. His performance led to one Spurs fan claiming that there is now no need to sign a right-back this summer. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter.

Once fit, Kieran Trippier I am sure will stay the first choice right-back, but Kyle Walker-Peters may have just eliminated the need to buy a new right-back with the performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Sissoko Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

It’s finally here. Spurs make the trip up North to face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon in their season opener looking to make a strong start to season where Liverpool and Chelsea have already slipped up. 

Heung-min Son could be fit but might only make the bench whilst Erik Lamela, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all miss out through injury. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Newcastle.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Was the first choice keeper at the end of last season, and I expect that nothing has changed over the summer.

CB: Eric Dier

I’m going to say that Mauricio Pochettino will deploy a back three against Newcastle and I expect the versatility of Eric Dier to be used once again to play on the right of a back three.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Still no progress on a new contract for Alderweireld, but there has been little speculation regarding a move away which can only be a positive. I expect him to make the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence last season and managed to maintain the best defensive record in the league. The Belgian duo will be key to any defensive success that Spurs have this coming season.

RWB: Moussa Sissoko

A few weeks ago, Sissoko might not have been in Pochettino’s plans to play at his old club. However, a solid performance against Juventus combined with the injury of Kieran Trippier might just hand Sissoko a much needed chance to impress early on this season and start to prove he was worth the £30m paid last summer.

LWB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose injured and possibly on the naughty step, it is more or less guaranteed that Davies will be starting here unless Pochettino decides to play Heung-min Son at left wing-back which I suggest he doesn’t after the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

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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.

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.

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.