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‘Phenominal’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto This Man After FA Cup Win Over Fulham

Spurs marched on into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Championship Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon.

The Lilywhites were the stronger of the two from the start of the contest, Christian Eriksen testing Bettinelli in the Fulham goal early on with a left-footed toe-poke. Spurs continued to dominate, and it wasn’t long before they took the lead. Kieran Trippier’s quick thinking from a throw in gave Eriksen the ball down the right, he then whipped a ball into the box that Harry Kane was able to turn into the back of the net from close range.

Michel Vorm very nearly gifted Fulham an equaliser when his pass went astray, but was able to recover and make a save from Tom Cairney’s effort to keep Mauricio Pochettino’s side in front. That aside, Spurs were the dominant force in the first period, and should have extended their lead before the break.

The Spurs advantage was doubled just five minutes into the second half as Eriksen and Kane combined once again. The Dane whipped another ball into the box from the right, and Kane got on the end of it again to consolidate Tottenham’s lead.

The win was sealed seventeen minutes from time when Dele Alli slid a ball through to the onside Harry Kane, who finished strongly past Bettinelli to secure Spurs’ spot in the draw for the FA Cup sixth round, where a date with Millwall at White Hart Lane awaits.

Christian Eriksen was one of the Spurs players to impress in the FA Cup win at Fulham. He provided two assists for Harry Kane’s first two goals, as well as playing a clever pass to Alli in the build-up for the third. It was a much better display from Eriksen on Sunday, and here is how Spurs fans reacted to his showing in the 3-0 win.

Eriksen has been inconsistent at times this season, and has not been at his best recently, but looked somewhere back to his best here. His crosses into Kane for two of the goals were sublime, especially the second, similar to the pair that found Dele Alli in the win over Chelsea at the start of the year.

However, one area for concern will be the Dane’s form on set pieces. It has recently been pointed out that Eriksen has not scored a free-kick in over 500 days, and his set pieces were under-par again today. Despite this, it was a very satisfying performance to watch from Eriksen.

N’Koudou Starts, Nine Changes: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Wycombe

Spurs will be doing their very best to avoid a major FA Cup upset when they welcome League Two Wycombe to White Hart Lane in the fourth round. 

Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane are all out for this one, but Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that all three will be able to return against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday. Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen are the only slightly longer-term absentees. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Wycombe on Saturday.

GK: Michel Vorm

This change I don’t think will happen due to the two Hugo Lloris howlers last week at Manchester City, but on the principle that Vorm seems to play all of the EFL Cup and FA Cup ties.

RB: Kieran Trippier

I think another chance will come here for Kieran Trippier. His performance at Watford was something special, and he was solid against Aston Villa in the previous round.

CB: Cameron Carter-Vickers

Carter-Vickers was another one to have a solid game in the last round against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane. I think he should be able to get another ninety minutes under his belt here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

He played on the left of a back three in place of the injured Jan Vertonghen against Manchester City, and if I am being honest, he looked out of his depth. Having said that, I think he will start here against Wycombe.

LB: Ben Davies

The injury to Danny Rose, which hopefully will not be too serious, give Ben Davies the go ahead to start in this one. I can’t remember the last bad performance from Davies in any competition, and I expect another strong one here.

CDM: Harry Winks

Harry Winks has been playing really well in recent weeks, and he had a real positive impact on the game against Manchester City last Saturday. He is a quality player, and would be starting every week if it wasn’t for the form of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

The sale of Tom Carroll to Swansea leaves Spurs just a little short of options in the defensive midfield when it comes to rotation. So, for me, Wanyama will be one of only two to keep his place from the draw at the Etihad last weekend.

‘Hope He Never Plays Again’ Spurs Fans Slam This Man Following Aston Villa Victory

Spurs booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane, in what was an extremely uninspiring performance from the Lilywhites.

The first 45 minutes were up there with the worst halves of football I have ever seen as Villa seemed content to sit back and absorb any Spurs pressure that came there way. It was boring and dull, but effective for the visitors, who limited the hosts to few chances in the first period.

The game started to open up a bit in the second period as Villa started to play a little bit more positively. The game was also livened up with the introduction of the in-form Dele Alli in place of struggling striker Vincent Janssen on the hour mark. Spurs started to look better going forward, and just 51 seconds after coming on, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou was involved in the opening goal.

He received the ball from Dele Alli on the left, and whipped in a low cross that was behind Ben Davies, who managed to turn the ball into the back of the net to give Tottenham the lead.

The Lilywhites looked comfortable after the goal, and they doubled their lead nine minutes later. Heung-min Son with a tidy finish ten minutes from time to send Spurs into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

One player who disappointed yet again for Tottenham was front man Vincent Janssen. He struggled to get involved once again. He didn’t make the right runs, and whenever he did get the ball, he was slow to make decisions, losing possession more often than not. In the first half alone, the Dutchman was dispossessed seven times. Yes. Seven.

The 22-year-old summer signing’s search for his first goal from open play for Spurs goes on. While some remain paitent, others are labelling the striker Spurs’ worst ever player and calling for him to be sold in this January transfer window. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to Janssen’s display against Aston Villa.

Onomah Starts, 9 Changes: Tottenham Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Villa

Spurs kick off their FA Cup campaign for this season with a home tie against Aston Villa. Spurs come into this game in good form, having won their last five in all competitions. 

Mauricio Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this one. Erik Lamela is still out with a hip injury, which he has flown back to Rome for further treatment on. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Villa.

GK: Michel Vorm

For rotational purposes, I think that Vorm will start here for Spurs in between the sticks. He filled in well when Lloris was injured at the start of the season, and deserves a chance to impress here.

RB: Kieran Trippier

The right-back was on fire against Watford. He was the creator of the first and second goals from a wing-back position. The cross for the second was exquisite, and I think he will start again here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

We have heard reports that Kevin Wimmer will not be going out on loan over the January transfer window, and with any potential loan move off, I expect Wimmer to feature in the starting line-up against Villa.

CB: Cameron Carter-Vickers

Although many fans feel the FA Cup should be valued just as much as the Premier League, it is also a chance to rotate the squad and play some of the youngsters. I was impressed with Carter-Vickers in the EFL Cup against Gillingham, and I look forward to a similar performance here.

LB: Ben Davies

We have not seen too much of Ben Davies recently, apart from a cameo role against Watford so Danny Rose could be rested for the Chelsea game. I think he will play from the start here.

Tottenham Hotspur Season Preview!

Oh not another transition season? Unfortunately, that seems to be the feeling for the upcoming season for Tottenham Hotspur, but with a lot more influence from the manager Mauricio Pochettino than last season. As fans, we have some expectations for where we want our club to be this season, but this season will be the typical rollercoaster that we have all grown accustomed to recently, whether we enjoy it or not.

With the club lacking in the transfer department, I would expect that in the next few weeks, Daniel Levy might flex his business muscles and bring in a few players for a reasonable price, but as a fan, I would like to see a striker and midfielder be signed, just so we have some depth in the team.

Season Targets:

Well, we all know what we want, and what we aim for, and that is the Champions League places. But in the real world, where Tottenham only have one fully operating striker, we know it is going to be a while before Spurs are near them places again.

However, we were only 6 points off Manchester United last season, so if one of the big teams doesn’t live up to expectation, combined with us putting in fine performances week in and week out, then maybe we may be able to sneak back into the top 4.

 

Alongside our hopes to gain Champions League football, but also retaining Europa League football, we will want to go far in all the Domestic trophies and the Europa League. In the previous season, we all remember our run to the Capital One Cup final, and Pochettino will want to go one better and win the trophy this season, as well as doing well in the FA Cup.

With the Europe League, however, it offers a completely different prospect. If Tottenham win the Europa League (and at this stage, it is looking like a big if), then we will be automatically entered in the next seasons Champions League. The club may see the Europa League as the best and easiest way to enter the competition if our league season isn’t going great.

 

I would expect that Spurs will do well in at least one of these cups, with the Capital One Cup possibly the best chance of capturing the cup, but Pochettino will be ambitious enough to try for the Europa League.

 

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino:

A man that I can only imagine was rather frustrated at how last season went for Tottenham. Brought in from Southampton amongst their mass exodus from 2 years ago, Pochettino has been allowed time to develop his own tactics, bring in young players and get after transfer targets that are clearly his own.

 

This season, as shown by the Pre Season, Pochettino is looking to blend in a good mixture of youth in his first team, with Dele Alli, Shaq Coulthirst and Josh Onomah playing big parts in the Pre Season, and unless any clubs come in with loan bids that could benefit the players, these youngsters could play a part in our season.

Let’s just hope that Levy and the board give Pochettino enough time to work his magic at Spurs, and hopefully, we could have a successful reign at White Hart Lane, and the new stadium!

 

Key Players:

 

Harry Kane:

This one is a simple one. Without Harry Kane, we would not have had as nearly as great as a season as we had. But the only thing that is stopping us from being even better is the worry that whether Kane can do it again? We know it will be difficult to replicate the form he had, but as long as he keeps banging in the goals, then we have the first genuine goal scorer since Jermaine Defoe and Robbie Keane.

 

Hugo Lloris:

Our new captain! Hugo was arguably our most important player last season, and hopefully if our defense improves this season, he could be one for the Fantasy Teams. Keeping hold of Lloris this summer is one of the best pieces of business that Tottenham have done. Our summer could have been a lot worse if we didn’t have Lloris keeping the goal. Lets hope to another season where he performs as well as he usually does.

 

Christian Eriksen:

Our creative gem in the midfield last season, Eriksen has proven to be pretty much the only player from the “Magnificent Seven” summer spending spree that hasn’t fully flopped. His set piece threat, coupled with his occasional touch of class can turn games on their head at the touch of a button, and hopefully another year in the Premier League can enhance his performances.

Adebayor Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Burnley

Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. Mauricio Pochettino feels that certain refereeing decisions went against his side, but the second Palace goal was easily avoidable. They face a Burnley side at White Hart Lane that Spurs have already faced twice this season, winning one and drawing the other. A home tie against Leicester awaits the winner. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela are doubts to make the starting line-ups, but they will both face late fitness tests. Nabil Bentaleb is with the Algeria squad.

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

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:

Tottenham could make a number of changes to the side that faced Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Hugo Lloris could be one of the first to make way. Vorm has been solid, and when he has been called upon, he has been solid.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Ben Davies:

As I said before, Mauricio Pochettino could make a considerable amount of changes to the team. Since his dream start to the season, Eric Dier has not been given much of a run-out in hiss usual position at centre-back, and it would be good to see him back where he is comfortable. Ben Daviies has been dropped from the Premier League side, so we should see him make an appearance here.

Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capoue, Benjamin Stambouli:

Assuming that Ryan Mason is still out through injury, it would be good to see these two play together in the middle of the park. Capoue hasn’t been given a start under the Argentine for a long time now, and the good form of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb hasn’t helped him at all in his bid to force his way back into the side.

Midfield (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli:

This replay is a great opportunity to play some players that have been short of first team action, and as we are in January, this is a perfect time for Mauricio Pochettino to assess who deserves to stay at Tottenham Hotspur until the summer at least. Two of these players have been linked with moves away, and this match could ultimately decide their futures at Spurs. Nacer Chadli has been in fantastic form in recent weeks, and he scored against Burnley at Turf Moor just a couple of weeks back.

Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor:

I have not been too happy with the behaviour of this striker over the course of this season, but it has not been since November that Adebayor has been given a chance under Pochettino. He has also had time off due to family issues. This match could decide his future at Spurs, but wages could be a problem is Spurs choose to sell up.