Big Match Preview: Tottenham vs Wigan

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It’s Wigan Athletic at White Hart Lane on Sunday, perhaps not the most fragrant of attractions to most but to Spurs fans eager to put the whiff of the smelly win over Sunderland behind them, the game can’t come soon enough.

Stats produced before the last round of fixtures show that Wigan bring the Premier League player with the most shots without a goal in Jordi Gomez whilst Peter Crouch has the highest national shots per goal ratio, luckily for those sat behind the goals though there’s a good chance that neither will start. Harry will hopefully abandon any fancy tactics for this game and will stick square pegs in square holes. If Lennon and Kranjcar are fit then they should start with two of Jenas, Huddlestone and Palacios in the middle. Wilson’s Honduran friendly against Peru was in Miami but kicked off at 1.15am on Thursday our time, so even the extra day’s rest isn’t going to help him much. Thus in theory he’ll be the one to miss out, though obviously a lot depends on injuries.

Jermain Defoe must feel like he’s not played for ages – and that’s because he hasn’t. He’s started one game in just over a month and still owes us big time for getting himself dismissed at Portsmouth. Defoe’s start to the season was full of confidence and swagger, he’s now though got to play himself back into goal scoring form, and he’s got to do it by leading a team that seems to have, hopefully only temporarily, mislaid its mojo. Stodgy tactics and slightly eccentric team selections have led to a series of cramped and restricted performances that have been dominated by overcrowded midfields. Defoe’s best chance of getting back to his best quickly is if the team is given width and the players allowed to get back to the slick pacy passing we started the season with.

It’s anyone’s guess at the back as injuries dictate who will appear. Woodgate looked rusty against the Mackems but at least made it through the ninety minutes. The case for King gets weaker with each hamstring strain, but at the moment, if he’s ‘fit’, he’s got to play. We looked very slow against Sunderland, but unless Bassong is back or Naughton given an outing it’s hard to see how this will be addressed.

As for Wigan, Roberto Martinez is learning how to bring the best out of his players, but not without the odd hiccup. They’re the only team to topple Chelsea this season but also the only team to lose at home to Wolves so we’ll see which team turns up (though the latter will do fine thanks). They’re capable of free flowing attacking stuff and keeping the game open is something we specialise in so despite the Crouch/Gomez statistics above, goals seem likely.

The referee is set to be Peter Walton, late of David Ngog diving controversy. After Robbie’s experiences this week he won’t be pleased to see a nervous man in the middle.

The reward for winning this game is the possibility of stealing another few points clear of most, if not all, of our fellow contenders and pretenders for a top six spot and winning is the only result we should be satisfied with. Maybe we’ll have to wait for the return of Modric to get completely back to our free flowing best, but even without him we should create enough chances to make sure we keep ahead of the pack.

By MF

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  1. This is another energy game so far we have played two games were the other team was not energised Hull and Burnley and both games where close and hinged on Hulls misses when it was 2-1 and Burnleys penalty and there goaly still feeling is injury from is previous game .The rest of the games we have struggled and stuttered over the line or got beat.Why is this two reasons the financial fall out for a team getting relegated is massive and can if they do a Leeds be financial meltdown .And this is the problem Teams are getting promoted with no pots of money to buy the players to survive.That is the Bottem end of the premership and at the top there are teams that cant fail or there managed dept will swallow them up .Arsenal Man Utd Liverpool and then there are the rich Man City And Chelsea they demand success.and then there are well managed teams like our team Trying to join the top teams with a good squad good finances but the downside is no stadium and training Facility’s yet but in the pipe line .So with desperate teams all over the premiership this leads to desperate methods if there team needs valuable points .And this is why there are so many desperate results and why its going to be very hard to break this top four only Arsenal would be able to survive if they dropped out of the top four financialy. And the jobs under most risk and the teams with the biggest desperation are Hull Bolton Birmingham Fulham West Ham Blackburn Stoke Wigan Portsmouth Wolves .And that is the teams we have struggled Against now all these teams play with great energy have a lot of average players punching above there weight and all have the tell tale sine’s of energy abuse discovered in a championship goalkeepers sample that’s why it will be hard to beat Wigan and that is a fact not only Hendry cheats .One last word take a good luck at one player to see what i mean Melchiot and look for chewing gum and second half energy boosted performance .

  2. Davspur….You write like you're on amphetamines! Not pausing to take a breath or punctuate….are you sure someone hasn't slipped some kind of 'energy' supplement into your Bovril?

  3. MATTY boy this is the only way to explain what clever dicks like you wouldn’t even dream is happening and if i told you who it was that first brought this to my attention you would think i was pissed….You Tell me if you new the Truth would you Just let teams beat Spurs like Sheffield when they beat Preston in the play off with a goalkeeper on Ephedrine.If you love Spurs like i do then you should answer no.COYS

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