MF’s Preview: Spurs vs Wolves

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Luka Modric - Tottenham news

Take one Champions League hangover, add our average league form and Wolves solid start, throw in a few injuries, blend together with last season’s 1-0 losses and Hey Presto!, you’ve got yourself potential for a nasty little mess come 5pm on Saturday.

Bookies are offering odds of around 7/1 on an away victory which seems pretty generous if you ask me. Wolves deserved both wins over us last season; they defended superbly at WHL and we were shit at Molineux.

The away game looked to signal a turning point in Jermaine Jenas’s Spurs career, his ball watching was a major factor in David Jones’ goal and he fell first out of favour and then injured, playing no further part in our season after that game. His apparent redemption has been sudden and unexpected. It’s too early to say definitely but at the moment it looks like the competition for central midfield places has made him realise that he needed to up his game if he was get anywhere near the first team again. It’s a great boon if he has turned a corner, at his best he adds pace to the centre of midfield plus he’s liable to get a few goals. It was his superb volleyed pass to Van der Vaart that led to our second on Tuesday.

And talking of the Dutchman, he’s already injured! There’s a surprise. He and Modric are doubts for Saturday which heaps more pressure on the shoulders of Bale in terms of creating and indeed taking chances. The Welshman terrorised the Germans during the week but Mick McCarthy will have taken note of how Wigan managed to keep him very quiet in our last home game.

Team selection may be interesting. Harry was tetchy when asked if he’d “learnt any lessons” on Tuesday evening but maybe one lesson he’s taken from Wigan is to freshen up the side for the weekend after a CL game. We looked slow and lethargic against against the Latics having looked so vibrant against YB Bern. Injuries may dictate who plays but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of swap around with maybe Keane, Kranjcar or Giovani being given a start. We’re all gagging to see Sandro of course, maybe this’ll be his big moment.

Wolves’ll be tigerish (if that’s not an oxymoron) and referee Mike Jones may get the chance to flourish some yellow at some old gold.

Heaping pressure on ourselves by saying that we ‘ought to win’ and ‘must win’ won’t do any good, what will do the trick though is starting at a decent tempo and putting them under pressure from the word go. You never know, we might see our first home goal of the season!

By MF

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I can not agree more with you. After what i believe was a good mid-week performance,please bring on the robust skillful SANDRO.. We do have the stars that should quiet easily take care of Wolves.For me there is no Spurs hangover or the return from the C.L .Victory tomorrow will lie entirely on Harry's team selection.When one looks at the Spur's bench there are so many world cup players, it is laughable.
    PLEASE:- No excuses tomorrow.

  2. You fight fire with fire. Let's play them at their traditional game ( not that I am advocating dirty play). My choice (as sub. 2nd half ) Palacios, to name but but. Kaboul must start.

  3. This is why we Spurs fans remain nervous. We start the season with great optimism and then we lose to Young Boys but the pitch and our win at Home get us back into optimism mode . Then we lose to Wigan a team with ten goals conceded a third choice Keeper and a good few injuries. Our fans are back down in the dumps Sandro Gallas and the best One Van der Vaart. Surely we cant slip up West brom are missing there best two players and Chelsea exposed there defence we have Van and Gallas from the Wigan Shock and we wont be tired. We started great scored and the fans waited for more goals to burst the net. But once again players are in the dressing room Mentally before the whistles has gone and we conceded a soft Goal. I don’t trust the dressing room one bit and Teams come out and play like they have just started not just in our games but a lot of games . All of our games have the same pattern we dominate then when teams go down the tunnel for 15 mins and the Tempo rises dramatical’y. This is what Harry must discover why this happens or we could find this extra energy will produce more shocks there is a pattern emerging from these clubs whose first task is to stay up they target Spurs Villa City Everton Fulham and take points yet against relegation teams they struggle the reason there tempo is also desperate and high to stay up. I call this selective targeting of points the reason is because if you use high Tempo to win games to much can Kill and the evidence his damming all over Europe. Chelsea dicovered this high Tempo when they lost to Wigan and the owner went in the dressing room and told them they where rubbish there manager whose training complex in Italy was called the laboratory , last night the slim looking failed World Cup players looked ten yards faster aged 31 and the commentator said so. Harry should make sure we also go down the tunnel and play with the same tempo for the whole game and Wigan Wolves wont shock us and we will win like Chelsea are now doing since Wigan won 3-1Lets stop shock football or god forbid Blackpool will soon be playing Barcelona and like Hecules win 2-0 shock. COYS

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