Hull continued their run of slow recent form on Tuesday as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Steve Bruce’s problems were also compounded by Allan McGregor’s sending off meaning the Scot will be a crucial absence against Spurs this weekend.
Curtis Davies has been nothing short of a rock at the back for Steve Bruce’s side this term, his statistics stacking up with those of any defender in the league. He’s completed 292 total defensive contributions (blocks, clearances, interceptions tackles won) this term, placing him fourth on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Ahmed Elmohamady is another who’s been superb in defence for Hull this term, toppling Liam Rosenior as his side’s most effective tackler. The Egyptian international has completed an excellent 81.6% of his 49 attempted challenges this season.
Expect Tom Huddlestone to be central to the Hull effort as they look to shore up their position above the relegation zone. The former Spurs midfielder will no doubt relish the chance to face his old club this weekend and add to his already impressive statistics for the season. He leads the Hull squad for both passes completed in the opponent’s half (481) and total assists (4).
Getting the ball to new arrival Shane Long in dangerous positions could be the key to success for Hull’s forward line for the remainder of this campaign. Steve Bruce’s side have struggled for goals at times this season, but Long knows where the goal is and will be looking to add to his tally of 22 attempted shots this season against Spurs.
Despite a controversial penalty and resulting dismissal for Danny Rose, Spurs boss Tim Sherwood had few complaints following his side’s 1-5 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday night. Sherwood even went as far to hail City as, ‘the best team on the planet’, but he’ll no doubt be looking forward to getting his side back on track at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been a revelation since being brought back into the first team by Tim Sherwood following his exile under Andre Villas-Boas. He’s now racked up some of the most impressive shooting statistics in the Tottenham squad, working the ‘keeper with 72.7% of his 11 attempted shots and bagging 5 goals in the process.
Mousa Dembele has been outstanding when given his chance this season, the Belgian midfielder displaying exactly the kind of dynamism which prompted Spurs to lure him away from Fulham. He ranks second in the Tottenham squad for total attacking contributions (shots on goal, dribbles, crosses, assists) with 62, and has also established a superb tackle success rate of 92.7% from 55 attempted challenges.
Unsuprisingly, Michael Dawson still leads the way when it comes to all-round defensive statistics for Spurs this term. He tops the squad with a massive 278 defensive contributions (tackles won, blocks, clearances, interceptions) to his name, a figure that is sure to please his new manager.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen is beginning to show just why he was so highly rated upon leaving Ajax for White Hart Lane, his combination of vision and technique starting to unlock opposition defences. He’s compiled the joint highest number of assists in the Tottenham squad with 4, as well as completing 352 passes in the opponent’s half according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
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