Premier League | Fresh Spurs - Part 2

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3 Reasons This Is The Year Tottenham Will Finish Above Arsenal

It has been a long time coming, but this is the year that Tottenham truly take ownership over North London.

A complete bottling job at the end of last season saw Tottenham somehow slump to 3rd, and the Gunners sneaked into the top two. This season it looks like neither club will manage to take the title from Chelsea, so the two clubs may be aiming to try and finish above each other, as well as ensuring they finish in the top 3. Here’s three reasons why

1 – Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino is a much better manager than Arsene Wenger. He is tactically in a different league and I can’t wait for the Gunners to come to White Hart Lane as I think it will be a whitewash. In the duels between the two clubs, I think Pochettino has always come out on top, even though on paper, the Gunners have a stronger lineup and a much bigger wage bill. If you are performing on par or outperforming a team with much bigger resources, then that, in my opinion, makes you a better manager.

Janssen Back From Injury And Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Southampton

After a lengthy rest, Spurs now have three games in eight days to negotiate in a busy post-Christmas period. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be looking to keep pace with the top four, and can do that with a win. 

Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Janssen are fit and available to play here against the Saints, while Erik Lamela is the only player missing through injury. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Southampton.

GK: Hugo Lloris

It was an early Christmas present to see that Lloris had signed a new contract with Spurs. He will surely start in between the sticks at St. Mary’s.

RB: Kyle Walker

Was included the WhoScored Premier League best eleven of 2016, and rightly so. His form has been terrific recently, and I back him to start here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Mauricio Pochettino has said that the Belgian will return from injury and will be fit to face Southampton. He is a great defensive asset to the team, and I think he will make a return to the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The partnership between Alderweireld and Vertonghen is something that money cannot buy. Our defensive record has been excellent this season, and their partnership is key to that defensive success.

LB: Danny Rose

Danny Rose has been on fire in recent weeks, proving to be a real threat down the left. He featured alongside Walker in the WhoScored team of the year, and should keep his place in the team on Wednesday night.

Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Spurs – Midfield Fails To Deliver At Old Trafford

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester United, which was good enough to see off a below-par Spurs at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. 

Spurs were nowhere near their best as they missed their opportunity to break into the top four ahead of Manchester United, who were beaten 4-2 yesterday at Leicester. Here are the Spurs player ratings from what was a poor performance against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Not really much he could do about Mkhitaryan’s goal. The Armenian gave him no chance, but Lloris made some crucial saves both before and after the opening goal.

Kyle Walker- 6

Was involved in a very intriguing battle with Anthony Martial down the Spurs right, and he did manage to keep him quiet for most of the game, and defended solidly.

Toby Alderweireld- 6

It was good to see Toby back in the side for the full ninety minutes. He defended calmly, making a few crucial tackles at the back.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Played in much the same way that Toby did. The pair of them did well to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet. A fairly solid display from the Belgian.

Danny Rose- 6

Failed to make too much of an impact for the same reason as Kyle Walker, he had a quick and dangerous runner against him. Defended well, and Mkhitaryan’s goal was far from his fault, he pushed high up the pitch as he is instructed to do, and it was unfortunate we lost the goal in midfield.

Victor Wanyama- 5

Did a good job at marking and out-strengthening Paul Pogba, but he did lose his man on a few occasions, and he went on to cause problems that the Spurs defence could have done without having to deal with. Missed that one golden opportunity that Spurs created to get something out of the game.

Mousa Dembele- 5

Would have liked to see Dembele make a few more of those penetrative runs that carves open defences. Not enough of that from him today, was substituted for Harry Winks in the second half.

Son & Dier Out, Janssen Starts! Tottenham Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Swansea

Spurs are in desperate need of a win. Back-to-back defeats against Monaco and Chelsea have left Spurs out of the Champions League and now four points outside of the top four. 

December begins with a game against Swansea, who prevailed with the three points last week in a dramatic 5-4 win against Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium. Spurs will be without Erik Lamela and Ben Davies through injury, and Mauricio Pochettino is set to make a late call on the fitness of Toby Alderweireld. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Swansea at White Hart Lane.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has made some key saves this season, and had a stunner of a game against Monaco. No reason why he shouldn’t start here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker will look to cause more of a threat down the wing this time around, mainly because he will not have the threat of Hazard and Alonso to nullify. He should start in this one.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Eric Dier was at fault for the two goals against Chelsea last week, and could find himself being dropped as a result. With Toby Alderweireld still not 100% fit, Wimmer could well step in, this time at the heart of the defence rather than at left-back like last week.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

I, like many others, are delighted to see Vertonghen sign a new contract with the club. He has built up a special partnership with Toby Alderweireld in the centre of the defence, but he will have to wait another week at least to rekindle that relationship. He should feature here.

LB: Danny Rose

Danny was sorely missed last week against Chelsea, and it will be good to have him back here. Wimmer offered nothing going forward and struggled to deal with what was coming at him coming down his side. He is simply not a left-back, and Danny’s presence will be welcome against Swansea.

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 Spurs

Spurs’ unbeaten run in the Premier League that had lasted twelve games has come to an end. It took an in-form Chelsea side who have now won their last seven games in the league to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side for the first time this season. 

Tottenham started the much better of the two, and after seeing Harry Kane’s early strike chalked off for offside, found themselves ahead after eleven minutes courtesy of an excellent strike from Christian Eriksen.

The Lilywhites continued to dominate proceedings in the first half, but went into the break level. Pedro picked up the ball on the edge of the box, Eric Dier failed to close him down as he watched the Spaniard curl a delightful shot past Lloris to fire Chelsea level.

The Blues soon went ahead after the break. Diego Costa broke down the left and pulled the ball back across goal for Victor Moses, who saw his shot deflected into the back of the net, first from Lloris but then from Vertonghen as Chelsea took the lead. Here are the Spurs player ratings as they taste defeat for the first time this season in the Premier League.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Couldn’t do too much about the Pedro goal just before half-time, but perhaps could have done a little better with the Moses shot. Everything else he had to do, he did well.

Kyle Walker- 6

Tried to become a threat down the right, but this become hard with his defensive duties. He left players with a little too much space for my liking on occasion, but more often than not, he recovered.

Eric Dier- 5

Could have easily prevented the two goals just by closing down. It was as simple as that. Not a great performance from the Englishman today, but he will be back.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Thought he had a decent game today. He made a couple of crucial interceptions and was a little unlucky to see the shot for the second goal deflect off him and into the back of the net.

Kevin Wimmer- 5

I accept that Wimmer was dragged in to help the two centre-backs, but in the second half he left Moses with acres of space for the second goal. He needed to get out there and try and block the shot. Unfortunately, he was not in the position to do this.

‘Sickening’ Fans Unhappy With This Spurs Man After Chelsea Game

Spurs suffered their first defeat of the Premier League season at the hands Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who have now won their last seven in the top flight.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side started very well, winning all of the key battles in midfield through Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama. Harry Kane had the ball in the back of the net after just five minutes, but looked over to see the assistant’s flag was raised.

Spurs did take the lead on the eleventh minute when Dele Alli played a neat ball to Christian Eriksen, who lashed a delightful left-footed shot into the back of the net. The Lilywhites continued to dominate play in the midfield, and looked like going into the break a goal to the good.

However, Pedro had other ideas. The Chelsea man picked the ball up on the edge of the box, Eric Dier failed to close him down and the Spaniard had enough time to curl a beauty of a shot into the corner, giving Hugo Lloris no chance.

Chelsea then took the lead soon after the break. Diego Costa was allowed the run at the Spurs defence before cutting a ball back across goal where Victor Moses was left in acres of space. The Nigerian’s shot was saved by the foot off Lloris, but cannoned into the Spurs net off Jan Vertonghen.

Spurs pushed for an equaliser late on, but couldn’t find the breakthrough as Antonio Conte’s side went top of the Premier League table.

One player that came under a bit of criticism after what wasn’t a totally negative performance at Stamford Bridge was Eric Dier. The England international filled in once again at centre-back, and in all honesty could have prevented both of Chelsea’s goals. Here is how Spurs fans on Twitter reacted to Dier’s performance.

Eric Dier has been filling in at centre-back ever since the injury of Toby Alderweireld, and generally he has done a good job. However, today he didn’t quite come up with the defensive goods today. Spurs will certainly benefit from having Alderweireld back from injury at the heart of the defence.

Lamela Dropped! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face West Brom

Spurs return from the international break just one point off the top of the table and in great form as they prepare to visit West Brom in the hopes of another three points and remaining the Premier League’s only unbeaten side.

Harry Kane remains out, but could return as early at 6th November for the North London derby with his recovery going well. Mauricio Pochettino will make a late call on the fitness of Mousa Dembele.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has played well in recent weeks, and I see no reason why he shouldn’t start in between the sticks again to face West Brom.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker has been in my opinion one of the most improved players over the summer, and provides a huge threat going forward as well as doing his defensive work well. He should start here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The big Belgian has been one of our best players this season, and has played a huge part in maintaing our unbeaten record and it is important that his partnership with Vertonghen stays strong.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

We have only conceded three goals in the Premier League this season, and the centre-back partnership has been one of the main reasons why we hold the best defensive record in the league. I expect both Vertonghen and Alderweireld to start here.

LB: Danny Rose

Rose returned from injury against Manchester City and I thought that he had a great game and kept Raheem Sterling quiet for the most part, which isn’t as easy as you think after the way he played against Celtic just days before. Rose should keep his place.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama played as the only defensive midfielder against Manchester City, and did an excellent job working very hard, making some strong tackles and bossing that midfield. Off the back of that performance, I think that Pochettino will stick with a 4-1-4-1 with Wanyama as a sole defensive midfielder in this match.

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Lamela Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predcited Line-Up To Face Middlesbrough

Off the back of two straight home wins in all competitions, Spurs make the trip to Middlesbrough with good confidence, but will be without Harry Kane for the trip up north.

Pochettino also revealed that he will make last minute calls on the fitness of Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Middlesbrough.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Michel Vorm was given a run-out in the midweek cup win against Gillingham, but our French stopper should return to start between the sticks here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker has been a huge threat to other sides and has played outstandingly this season, and having signed a more than deserved new contract on Friday, I expect him to start at Middlesbrough.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian has been arguably our most consistent player this season, and showed his threat from corners yet again last week against Sunderland, and after being rested on Wednesday, he should reclaim his starting spot here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Covered the left-back position well in the absense of Danny Rose and Ben Davies from the starting eleven, but I expect him to return to his usual centre-back position on Saturday.

LB: Ben Davies

With Pochettino making a last-minute desicion on the match-fitness of Danny Rose, Ben Davies could well start again here, with the Champions League match away at CSKA Moscow in the back of the manager’s mind.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

As I have mentioned before, a late decision on whether Danny Rose will play or not will be made, and the same goes for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele. So it might be best not to risk the two in midfield and start Wanyama, who has looked solid in the last couple of games.

CDM: Moussa Sissoko

The Frenchman looked off the pace against Sunderland last week, putting in an under-par performance. We obviously must allow our £30m man time to settle in, so we must not be too harsh. Due to the potential absence of Dier and Dembele, Sissoko could well drop back into defensive midfield for the trip to Middlesbrough.

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Janssen Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Sunderland

Following a disappointing Champions League result at Wembley in midweek, Spurs must pick themselves up, and fast, because the next game against Sunderland back at White Hart Lane is just around the corner.

Pochettino has hinted that he may tinker with the Spurs line-up following the defeat at the hands of Monaco at midweek, and has challenged his team to be more consistent with their performances.

Danny Rose is the only player our for this weekend with a hamstring injury. Here is our predicted Tottenham line-up to face Sunderland.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman wasn’t really at fault for either of the goals at Wembley in midweek, and they were in fact Monaco’s only shots on target. Lloris can feel confident of keeping his starting spot.

RB: Kieran Trippier

Kyle Walker played well on Wednesday, but with Pochettino hinting at rotations, Trippier could well find himself in the starting line-up on Sunday.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Looked defensively solid for most of the game at Wembley, and I feel the centre-back pairing will remain the same for our return to league action at the weekend.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian put in one of his worst performances in a while, the way he backed off Bernado Silva for the first goal was shameful, but hopefully Vertonghen will put this behind him and return to top form here should he start.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still not in the picture for selection, Ben Davies should get another run-out at left-back against Sunderland.

CDM: Mousa Dembele

Dembele looked excellent following his introduction at half-time and bossed that midfield and showed exactly how much we have missed the Belgian in his suspension period. It is great to have him back again, and he should make his first start of the season here.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama hasn’t quite lived up to expectation so far yet this season, but with Eric Dier starting in midweek, Wanyama could well get his chance here with Pochettino expected to make changes this weekend.

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Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers In Stoke City Thrashing

Tottenham moved into the top 4 and maintained their unbeaten to the season with a scintillating 4-0 win away to Stoke, a trip that usually causes problems for teams, no matter how talented. Pochettino had been experimenting with his line up so far this season and although perhaps aided by some poor Stoke City defending, Spurs finally clicked into top gear on Saturday. Here are our top 3 performers from the game.

1 – Son Heung-min

Who else? Son, who was almost sold by Tottenham this summer, was given a chance ahead of Erik Lamela, who had started the season impressively. Son took his performance to the next level though, showing what a goal threat he is by scoring a brace and he also notched up an assist. The 24-year-old has bags of potential and hopefully with the added amount of games, the South Korean will get the minutes he needs to grow and realise his potential. He made 3 key passes, and although he was dispossessed 4 times, Son was successful with 81.6% of his passes. It would be great to see more performances like this from Son, as when we signed him we all knew about his potential, but he has so far, only shown flashes of his best. His performance against Stoke was surely his best performance in a Tottenham shirt to date. Hopefully there is more to come from him.