Tottenham look to continue their recent excellent form with a trip to the North East to take on a slow, yet steady starting Middlesbrough. Two great friends Aitor Karanka and Mauricio Pochettino face each other for the first time in the Premier League in a match with a distinctly tropical feel, no matter the conditions on the River Tees.
Tale of the Tape:
Spurs have won 3 of their last 6 matches vs Boro, with 2 draws and one loss, the most recent being a 4-0 victory at White Hart Lane, with Keane, Pavluyuchenko and Lennon grabbing a brace. Spurs fans will remember Dimitar Berbatov’s 20 yard scissor kick volley in a 3-2 win at the Riverside back in April 2007.
Middlesbrough began the season in solid fashion, with draws against Stoke and West Brom coming either side of an impressive victory against Sunderland away from home. However, they’ve since lost their last 2, the most recent being a disappointing performance against Everton at Goodison Park, in which they lost 3-1.
Tottenham will look to feed off the assured 5-0 win against Gillingham in midweek, and look to leapfrog Everton in to 2nd spot and begin to hunt down Pep’s impressive Manchester City side. Spurs can feel confident having won their last 2 in the league, whilst remaining unbeaten still.
Tottenham will be without the injured Harry Kane for the next 6-8 weeks supposedly with tweaked ankle ligaments. But, every cloud and all tha- apparently there’s no silver lining to this one. At least Mousa Dembele is back. Eric Dier and Danny Rose will be touch and go up to kick off but will most likely be fit.
Jordan Rhodes and Cristhian Stuani are back for Boro, following mid-term injuries. Grant Leadbitter and Fabio remain out with a Hernia and a knee injury respectively.
Predicted Middlesbrough XI:
Valdes, Barragan, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, De Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Ramirez, Downing, Negredo
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Janssen
Prediction: Middlesbrough 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur