Premier League | Fresh Spurs - Part 11

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FIVE Reasons Spurs Can Finish In The Top Four

After our scrappy win at QPR over the weekend, Spurs have put themselves right back in the race for 4th spot and Champions League qualification. A win over Manchester United on Sunday would put us right in the mix.

Now, with renewed optimism within our supporters after a difficult few weeks, I count down 5 reasons why we could see the boys from White Hart Lane strut their stuff against Europe’s finest once again.

Townsend Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face QPR

Spurs travel to Loftus Road tomorrow aiming to keep in the hunt for Champions league qualification , with the lilywhites 6 points below 4th placed Manchester United. However , a win in this game (our game in hand) will put us right back in the race, although a top four finish will be difficult for sure.

Relegation threatened QPR will attempt to cause an upset in the London derby as they will be desperate for points to fuel their survival attempt , but with Mauricio Pochettino reporting a fully fit squad ahead off tomorrow’s game , this is the sort of game Spurs need to be winning if they are serious about getting into the Champions League for the first time since the 2010/11 season. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Once again, Mauricio Pochettino has no injury concerns going into the match at Loftus Road.

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

Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris

This man has been key to a lot of our success in the Premier League this season, and it is crucial that he starts against QPR at Loftus Road.

Defence- Danny Rose , Jan Vertonghen , Eric Dier , Danny Rose

Danny Rose has been in great form of late and will surely keep his place . Eric Dier has fought his way back into the squad and looks more composed every game , with him now taking the starting spot from Federico Fazio. Jan Vertonghen is our best CB and will be one of the first names on the teamsheet. Kyle Walker has looked dodgy at times recently but his pace is a massive outlet.

Midfield- Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb

These two pick themselves. Both youth products , both in great form, both hungry for the success in the years to come . Will look to dominate the QPR midfield.

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

Andros has been in the team the last few games and despite his ability to frustrate , his stunning goal against Swansea should see him start at Loftus Road . Christian Eriksen has looked a tad tired these past few weeks , but is our most creative player and will be hoping to unlock the hoops defence. Nacer Chadli also hasn’t looked at his best in recent weeks but a goal and a good performance against Swansea in midweek will surely see him keep his place.

Striker – Harry Kane

No one is starting ahead of this boy at the moment . A revelation , a big game player , we seem to have unearthed a gem in local boy Harry Kane . He will be seeking to continue his fine season against a QPR defence that won’t be relishing facing the hitman.

Spurs 3-2 Swansea: Player Ratings

Lloris 7 – By his high standards he’ll be disappointed by the Swansea goal; must have thought all angles were covered with Ki wide of the goal, but the midfielder found the space between Lloris’ legs to score. But he saved us two points at the death with an unbelievable save from Fernandez’s header, virtually pulled it out of the net.

Rose 7 – A very solid calm performance from Rose. Made a brilliant tackle to win the ball first, which then led to a counter-attack and then a great cross for our opening goal. Always had his defensive side covered and managed very weel with every Swansea attack whilst he was on.

Vertonghen 6 – Involvement in the Swansea goal as he miskicked his right footed clearance and Ki took control to score from an acute angle. Good clearing header as he ran towards his own goal but overall still looked a bit uncomfortable when defending our area.

Dier 6 – Gave away the free-kick that led to Swansea’s first goal but otherwise was very competent and is showing great maturity and confidence for a young CB. Very strong in the air and covered the ground well rarely losing a tackle all game, a very bright future ahead for young Eric.

Walker 6 – Started very well as he had a lot of space to get forward and deliver good crosses and showed a constant threat going forwards. Was comfortable until Montero came on when he really struggled to deal with his trickery in the closing stages of the game.

Mason 8 – Scored our second goal as he trailed the run of Eriksen and picked up the ball in the area before finishing emphatically into the roof of the net. Was constantly making runs into the box trying to give us options, very quick and decisive on the ball throughout.

Bentaleb 8 – Dictated the pace of the midfield with his tackles and his work rate off the ball. Won the ball that led to our 3rd goal, was in the action all the way, had a good shot at goal too which was well saved early on.

Townsend 7 – Consistently tried to get inside and shoot, unsuccessfully several times, kept working hard before he got it right in the 2nd half, brilliant quick run and clever cut-back onto his right foot to score, one of his better displays tonight.

Eriksen 7 – First half he struggled to get into things and was shut down by Swansea’s narrow defence, much better second half, his runs and passing range dominated the game, his run created our 2nd goal and he found his groove and was running the game like we know he can.

Chadli 8 – Superb one-touch finish to score the opener, such skill to finish that off. Could’ve had a second too after Kane played him through but he was offside. Always looked like a goal threat cutting in from the wings, inside and his shots were always near the target.

Kane 6 – Seems like PL sides are starting to pay attention to Harry and are trying to shut him out of the game. Made Fabianski kick the ball out of play at least twice with his closing down work. Had 2 very good headers which both sailed off target.

Eriksen Dropped! Totttenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Swansea

After a disappointing loss against Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday, the boys will look to bounce back in style with a win against Swansea. With no fresh injury concerns, Mauricio Pochettino has a full squad to choose from. With the team returning to the lane with the fans fully behind them, everyone has good reason to look to the future.

The youthful squad has a strong future ahead of them, and not for many years has a squad manage to connect with the fans more than with this squad, so the future looks bright. With youth surrounding the team, the youth side making strides in the Youth Cup, all this spearheaded by a young manager, the loyal Spurs fans have a lot to be positive about, even in the light of defeat.

But another small step in that future is Swansea City at home, and if we get through this test, and with results going our way, we could reclaim our place in the race for the top four.

Changes from the cup final loss on Sunday may be limited, but some of the players my be changed around for fitness reasons. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury concerns to contend with when picking the starting eleven to face Swansea.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

After captaining the side at Wembley, Hugo will maintain his record of starting every Premier League game this season.

Defence: Kyle Walker; Eric Dier; Jan Vertonghen; Danny Rose

This appears to be the starting four in our Premier League side, so unless any last minute injuries affect the team, this is most likely going to be the back four.

Defensive Midfield: Ryan Mason; Nabil Bentaleb

After putting in a fine performance on Sunday, Nabil Bentaleb will keep his place in the starting eleven alongside his partner in crime, a fan favourite and Tottenham boy Ryan Mason. These two manage to consistently control the game and pull the strings, and against a team such as Swansea who enjoy a large amount of possession, these two will be vital.

Midfield: Mousa Dembele; Erik Lamela; Andros Townsend

The biggest change of the squad will be the absence of Christian Eriksen from the midfield. Eriksen has been worked into the ground recently and needs a break, which was almost evident in the cup final. With a fresh Dembele, hopefully given a free role in the middle, the game will be run through him, and he will be the dictator of the attack for Spurs. As for the wings, its likely that against Swansea, who’s full backs do enjoy to bomb forward, the pace of Lamela and Townsend will be exploited to its fullest. Also, its very likely that both wingers will swap sides throughout the game to switch up play and exploit the full backs and provide Kane and possibly Dembele with ammunition for goals.

Striker: Harry Kane

Despite being relatively quiet against Chelsea, Harry Kane is still the main danger man, and goalscoring force for Tottenham. If Kane scores against Swansea, he will become the first Spurs youth product to score 25 goals in the same season since Mark Falco in 84/85. This speaks volumes of how much Harry Kane has been a revelation this season, and hopefully with a bouncing White Hart Lane behind him, he could possibly beat Falco’s record.

 

Player Ratings – Spurs 2 – 2 West Ham United

It was Harry Kane’s turn to be the late hero as he smashed home a 95th minute rebound to rescue a point in our North London Derby with West Ham.

Kane was felled by Hammers captain Alex Song with just seconds of the 5 minutes added time remaining, before he saw his weak penalty saved by Adrian. However the sprawling ‘keeper could do nothing to deny the Englishman’s 24th goal of the season as he followed it up from 2 yards.

Spurs had put in a shocker overall, with Cheikou Kouyate’s opener enhanced by Diafra Sakho’s second half finish thanks to some questionable defending.

However, Danny Rose’s scuffed volley found it’s way into the net with 10 minutes of normal time remaining to give Pochettino’s plucky side hope of yet another late show.

And the pressure paid off when John Moss pointed to the spot in the dying moments to break Hammers hearts.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris 6 – Saw a lot more of the ball than he usually does, but made some crucial saves to keep the score down. Namely his reactions stop from Enner Valencia with the score at 2-0.

Kyle Walker 6 – Made the odd break and as usual, relied on pace to amend his errors. Looked shy to get forward – as if still carrying a knock – and preferred to cut back rather than deliver on most occasions.

Jan Vertonghen 6 – Caught out of position for Kouyate’s goal, and missed a great chance from Christian Eriksen’s corner. Really should have dealt with that first goal.

Eric Dier 5 – Looked very uncomfortable, misplacing passes and getting the basics wrong. He’s certainly our long-term partner for Jan but today, like many, he was off the pace.

Danny Rose 6 – Would have been my man of the match were it not for his Fabian Barthez-esque calling for offside as Diafra Sakho made it 2-0. Scored a fairly lucky goal but was a threat going forward all game, even when it was just him.

Nabil Bentaleb 7 – Was my man of the match. Looked the best of all our midfielders despite his inexperience, and nearly cracked home a brilliant 25-yarder. Plays with such composure, even with Fat Sam’s 6 in midfield.

Ryan Mason 6 – Whole-hearted display from Mason again, who isn’t shy of goal it seems. Came close a few times but the decision to shoot was the wrong one on occasion.

Erik Lamela 5 – Another disappointing display from the one player we want to succeed more than any. Pushed off the ball so so easily, a gust of wind could have Lamela on the floor. Couldn’t get hold of it at all.

Mousa Dembele 3 – As shockers go, this one was the worst. Absolute stinker from Mousa who made way for Eriksen at half time. Responsible for the shambolic first goal.

Andros Townsend 6 – Pretty quiet as he goes, turning down the opportunities he had to go for goal. Predictably left-footed and failed to provide width despite some willing running.

Harry Kane 6 – Largely anonymous for most of the game, but the facts don’t lie! Kane found the net for the 12th time in 11 games, a ridiculous record in what is pretty much his debut season.

SUBS

Christian Eriksen 6 – Although he didn’t necessarily do much, the whole game changed with the introduction of Christian. Whether that was down to mentality or tactics, I don’t know, but he needs to be playing.

Roberto Soldado 5 – A weird change considering we needed width, but Bobby did have a chance to win the game late on. He’ll fancy his chances over Kane from the spot next time…

Nacer Chadli N/a

Spurs v West Ham: Match Preview And Key Players

It’s a game that will mean so much to all Spurs fans on Sunday. We host West Ham on Sunday. Everyone still remembers the humiliation we suffered in this fixture last season, arguably the worst of all the defeats we had last season, and it’s one we’d all wish to forget.

We have the chance to set the record straight and put that to bed on Sunday. In our first encounter in the opening game of this season, we battled away with ten men for over sixty minutes and we snatched an injury-time winner courtesy of debutant Eric Dier. That began righting the wrong of last season so to speak, now we have a chance to cement ourselves in the race for the top four, but lay to rest the ghosts of last season’s nightmare.

Looking back at the mess we were in then and then look at us now, it’s extraordinary the turnaround in performances, passion etc, so I have no doubts everyone will be up for this London derby. It’s a must win games if we’re to stay in touch in the race for a spot in the Champions League next season. As we now reach the late stages of the season, every win is vital as any slip will prove very costly.

Looking ahead this match will have further ramifications as a big win here will serve as a great momentum boost ahead of our Cup final vs Chelsea, next Sunday, so a win here is crucial in that sense as well and being a London derby, there’s a lot of pride at stake.

In terms of the line-up, the likes of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela who all sat out the Europa League game vs Fiorentina, should all be recalled to the side. Eric Dier will likely be recalled in place of Federico Fazio as with Andy Carroll missing through injury, that reduces a lot of West Ham’s aerial threat going forward. Danny Rose is likely to start in place of Ben Davies, whilst Davies is very solid at defending, Rose offers a better attacking threat and can create chances more often in a game.

Where the match will be won:

Last week, West Ham looked very average as they were blown away by West Brom 4-0 in the FA Cup, so that result combined with losing Carroll for the rest of the season, confidence will be low heading into Sunday’s trip to the Lane. We need to exploit this and start quickly as they will likely attempt to hold back and frustrate us, we must score early and force them to come out of the shell which will open them up to our attacks.

The key players to lead us to victory in Sunday:

Danny Rose: As crazy as it sounds, Rose offers us both width and ability to move forward quickly in attacks. Whilst is counterpart Ben Davies is better equipped defensively, Rose offers more going forward and his ability to get up and deliver crosses and scoring chances will be key for us in this match.

Mousa Dembele: The Belgian has become a critical component in the Spurs system in recent weeks, his physical presence on the ball and ability to win balls high up the pitch provides us with the opportunity to get forward quickly and catch teams cold as has been demonstrated in recent matches. Add to that Dembele’s excellent distribution on the ball

Harry Kane: Sounds like a broken record by now, but Harry will need to blow away the West Ham defence like the Hurricane that’s been for us all season. His hold up play and work rate up front means he leads by example on the pitch and it feeds off to the rest of the team that they will win. Harry’s growing influence on the team is clear to see and he’ll need to do that again on Sunday.

VINES: THREE Of Tottenham’s Best Late Winners This Season

Over the course of this season, we have seen Spurs score many late winners this season, and many have brought us the same feeling time and time again.

The fitness of the squad this season under Mauricio Pochettino has bought us much joy and delight in the amount of late goals we have seen our side score.

Although they are all special goals, and give us the same feeling every time, some are just that little bit more special than others, here are our top three late winners of the season.

THREE Players Key To Tottenham When They Visit Anfield

Tottenham will be looking to continue their good run of form after the win against Arsenal in the North London derby, and a win over Liverpool at Anfield would be the perfect way to continue this winning streak.

The race for the top four is hotting up, and every point could be crucial when it comes to deciding in May who will be among Europe’s elite, competing in the Champions League next season.

There will be battles in every area of the pitch at Anfield, and Fresh Spurs have predicted who will be key to Spurs if they are to gain any points in the game against Liverpool.

Chadli Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Liverpool

Off the back of a HUGE derby day win against Arsenal, Spurs face yet another tough game against Liverpool at Anfield that could prove crucial in the race for a top four place come the end of the season in May. Liverpool come into this game having played a derby of their own against Everton that resulted in a goalless draw at Goodison Park.

Team News:

Like for the past few games, Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose his starting eleven from, and could potentially name an unchanged side from Saturday.

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

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris:

Starting Hugo in every game that is not in a cup competition is a bit of a no-brainer for Mauricio Pochettino. The Frenchman was solid in the derby day win over Arsenal, and is probably one of the first names on the teamsheet by now.

Defence: Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose:

Liverpool can attack and break with pace, that is clear to see when you have the likes of Raheem Sterling in your front line. This is the same back line that started, and played the full ninety minutes against Arsenal, and this seems like a defence that can handle the pace of Liverpool. Eric Dier played well on Saturday, so could keep his place in the starting eleven.

Midfield (Holding): Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb:

I thought these two played superbly on Saturday in the win over Arsenal, and you can’t see this partnership in the midfield being broken up in the near future. The two work perfectly together, and Ryan Mason can move forward in the knowledge that the defence is being protected well by the Algeria international.

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

We could see Nacer Chadli make his first start since returning from some time off due to a family bereavement. He has made a few substitute cameo performances in recent weeks, but we could see him make his first start as he looks to rediscover the form he had before he was forced to take time off. However, this would mean dropping Mousa Dembele, who has looked good in his last few games, and he may return after the game against Florentina in the cup in the London derby against West Ham the Sunday after.

Striker: Harry Kane:

Well, well, well. What a performance from Harry Kane at the weekend, scoring two goals in his first North London derby in the first team. Hopefully he can continue his fantastic form against Liverpool with a goal at Anfield.

FOUR Top Spurs Performers In Win Over Arsenal

Earlier today, Tottenham claimed a fantastic North London derby win over Arsenal, coming from behind with two second half goals from Harry Kane.

The Gunners went ahead after eleven minutes through Mesut Ozil, who reacted well to direct Olivier Giroud’s misplaced shot into the top corner. However, two goals from the academy product cancelled out Ozil’s opener.

You could argue that every player played their part in today’s win over Arsenal, but Fresh Spurs has picked out four players that performed the best in the North London derby.