Fan Preview: Wolves vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Spurs go to Wolves on Wednesday night seeking to reverse the December result at White Hart Lane. Kevin Doyle’s winner that day was the last time we conceded in the league at home, a good record but one lost at the moment in the angst about what’s going on at the other end. The 0-0 against Villa on Saturday typified many of our performances this season in that despite playing well enough to win the game, we couldn’t nick the goal we deserved. Wolves never built on their win over us. They’re in 19th place, level on points with West Ham. They’ve won only three of their 12 home games this season whilst scoring just nine goals, the same amount we tallied in one game of course. Their last league win was on December 20th when they beat Burnley.

What’s Harry going to do about the lack of goals? On paper this looks like a good game in which to reintroduce Gudjohnsen to the Premier League and let us all see what he’s got in the tank but that’ll entirely depend on how fit he is. The same goes for Pavlyuchenko. Ideally, following his efforts against Leeds, Pav will follow on down the path to rehabilitation recently furrowed by David Bentley but again, this is reliant on fitness, both physical and mental in his case.

Kranjcar is the top goalscorer in midfield with six but he’s not currently in Redknapp’s first choice eleven and doesn’t have a history of being a prolific scorer anyway. Bentley, Jenas and Modric are intermittent with their netfinders whilst Huddlestone’s radar is often set too high or wide to trouble opposing keepers. So at the moment the pressure is still on Defoe to produce the goods and the goals.

Early team news indicates that King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon and of course Woodgate and Cudicini are still out. Bassong should come in for Ledley unless Redknapp thinks Kaboul needs an outing.

Pedro Mendes’ favourite man in black Mark Clattenburg is the man in charge in the middle, well as much ‘in charge’ as he ever is.

Mick McCarthy will no doubt take the pragmatic approach, defence will be the best form of defence in his book, and so we can probably expect to witness the latest in what’s turning out to be a long line of sieges. That shouldn’t stop us though. It’ll be tight but we should bag a very welcome three points.

By MF

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  1. Mick will only defend if two things go is way they get the all important early goal,and Micks troops are energized enough to defend for 90+ mins.He will use is new 9/10 Ten Performance and give Wolves the very thing no team could do last year do the double over us what Mick means is play with a very high Tempo and make Spurs rush and Defend and attack in the same Numbers just like all the shock results happen .To do this Micks Defense and other Teams need to train extra hard so no one gets tired and the more Skillful team score.The most important Person in this high energy soccky shock games is the Keeper he must make at least 4 or 5 world class saves his defense have got to make 8 blocks and more than 13 dirty tackles if a player gets sent of it is not a problem we have enough extra in the tank to cover.So really we can play any team we like till fans wise up and find out like i have who is making sure Mick and other teams Shocky shock football is real or manufactured by fear of the Sack Dept and most Important television Revenue.Because if its not then its easier to win a tenner on the lottery than predict Derby 3 Newcastle 0 its a funny old game full of fit fit players who like vrooooney can sprint like the Man utd fan Usane Bolt and look like he has just got up of a chair.if he plays like that for England put Money on us winning the World Cup ?

  2. Crouch and Defoe have to start for me, they give variation and we are not long ball like some think – we just need to be more clinical when we get chances. Apart from King I would go with the same 11 that played against Villa. We played good football and need to do the same tonight. Wolves will no doubt cause us problems and get men behind the ball.

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