Sunday, 12 noon ko, Woolwich away.
Our current levels of form and fitness mean that pessimism is likely to be the prevalent emotion of Spurs fans as we approach the weekend. No wins since we despatched Man City, two losses in the cups and three draws in the league. Three goals scored including two penalties. Kane, Alderweireld, Dembélé, our spine, all out. Rose and Lamela also doubts.
Our unbeaten record this season is under severe threat, worse, Pochettino’s unbeaten record against Whinger, as a Tottenham manager anyway, will also do well to still be intact come 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
Everything being equal, the Gooners wouldn’t be a threat but the lack of form of Eriksen and Son linked to the injuries and the number of personnel playing out of position all make a fairly unpalatable cocktail, especially compared to the sparkling treats being served up by Sanchez, Ozil and the rest of the twats, if you believe what you read.
Still if Boro can get a draw, if Ludogorets can give them a good scare, if Sunderland can score… well we’re a better team than all of those, even without our talisman striker and the best centre back in the league.
Poch has a lot to ponder on. He’s had little chance all season to field a settled side let alone his best XI and what looked like a new injury to Dembélé on Wednesday evening won’t have helped. You could see afterwards how disappointed and frustrated he was by the performance, ’embarrassed’ was the word I think he used. You also get a feeling that he might be approaching the end of his tether with some players. The lack of available options means that he can’t make that many changes but the sprightliness that NKoudou and Winks brought to the proceedings after they came on will have caught his eye I’m sure.
At a guess then, assuming that Lamela is still out – Janssen up top with Eriksen, Son, NKoudou behind him and then Alli and Wanyama in front of the usual back five. In an ideal world, many of them would be on the bench along with the returning Kane, instead the remainder of the subs will be made up of Davies and callow youths.
If the manager is as fed up with Eriksen and Son as most of the fans are then he may he ponder the more radical option of introducing Carter-Vickers at the back and moving Dier back into the middle with Victor W. He has form for throwing youngsters in where more mature men might fear to tread, Ryan Mason a couple of years ago in this same fixture for instance.
Vertonghen, Walker, Lloris, Rose, Alli, Wanyama and Dier – we need big games from all of these men, and it will be a game for men. Janssen too, wouldn’t it be great if one of those efforts of his crept just inside rather than outside the post.
Twattenburg is the ref. Arse.
It’s time to gird loins, stand up and be special. COYFS!!!
Our friends at Betway have been talking about the huge north London derby in their latest episode of the popular Blow the Whistle segment.
Panellists Jack Green and Mike Cumner-Price debate whether if Vincent Janssen is the Dutch Soldado and which team has the strongest title credentials.
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