Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Match Preview

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal: Match Preview

This is it, the final North London Derby at White Hart Lane as we know it. No promotion needed, no incentivisation needed, everyone and anyone knows what this means to both sets of supporters, managers and players. Not that the Spurs players will need any extra motivation, with the title race still firmly on, but if Tottenham do beat Arsenal, it will confirm the Lilywhites’ finish above their noisy neighbours for the first time since 1995.

Tale of the Tape:

Tottenham are in exceptional league form at the moment, having won eight Premier League matches in a row, a new club record. The most recent of those coming away at Selhurst Park in midweek, with Christian Eriksen’s late strike being enough for the three points. Tottenham are also unbeaten in all 16 home league matches this season, winning 14. Only Leicester and Liverpool have taken points from White Hart Lane this term.

Arsenal have ridden the storm well since their 3-0 defeat away at Palace, winning three on the spin since that result, including a win at Wembley over Manchester City, which means the FA Cup final will be contested between Spurs’ two London rivals. Most recently, Arsenal triumphed over Leicester with a late deflected own goal from Robert Huth.

In recent years the Derby has been very evenly contested, but by no means cagey, which could be said for other English derbies, also played this week. Anyway – four of the last six matches between the clubs have been draws, with Spurs winning one and Arsenal winning one.

Team News:

Danny Rose will likely not be ready to play, but he is probably ten days or two weeks from a return to first team action. Michel Vorm is still unavailable, and Harry Winks and Erik Lamela will not play again this season with long term hip and ankle injuries keeping them out of action.

Shkordan Mustafi, Santi Cazorla, David Ospina and Lucaz Perez are all out injured with thigh, back, ankle and another thigh injury for Perez. Arséne Wenger believes key centre back Laurent Koscielny has a 60% chance of featuring in the derby.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI: 

Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Dembele, Wanyama, Davies; Eriksen, Dele; Kane

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Cech; Holding, Koscielny, Gabriel; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Monreal; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Arsenal

The final ever North London Derby that will ever be played at our famous old ground – we won’t want to lose this at any cost. The fans will be right on top of the players from the first minute until the last. The players will need no reminding of just how much this one means for every single Tottenham Hotspur fan and will be determined to get over the line with all three points.

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Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

FeaturedChelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

This is quite possibly Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest game not only this season, but since the last time these two teams met at Wembley. Spurs are arriving at Wembley after two very comfortable victories against Premier League opposition – two 4-0 wins against Watford and Bournemouth. Mauricio Pochettino and his men have now won eight games in a row – a streak which stretches back to the 26th of February.

Tale of The Tape: 

Since two dreadful defeats against Liverpool and KAA Gent (Europa League) at the beginning of February, Spurs have kept marching on. Tottenham have now won 9/10 games since the 1-0 loss to Gent, including two FA Cup draws against Fulham and Millwall.

Spurs are certainly going into the game with the better run of form as Chelsea have surprisingly lost two out of the last four Premier League games, dropping points against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United at Old Trafford.

These two teams have already met twice in the League this campaign, sharing the six points equally. Back in November, Chelsea came out on top – edging Tottenham to a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Victor Moses and Pedro either half of the break. Spurs returned against Chelsea in January however, with a brilliant display against the League leaders. PFA Young Player Of The Year nominee, Dele Alli headed the two Tottenham goals past a helpless Thibaut Courtois, once again either side of half-time.

Team News:

Both Erik Lamela and Harry winks are still being assessed after their injuries have been confirmed to keep them out for the rest of the season. Michel Vorm has also been confirmed as ruled out for the match as he is advancing with rehabilitation. Full-back Danny Rose is still sidelined due to his knee injury but has been progressing with outdoor work and is expected to resume full training next week ahead of the games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

Harry Kane completed 79 minutes against Bournemouth on the weekend after working hard to return to full match fitness. The talisman was subbed off for Victor Wanyama who is also returning from a lower back injury he sustained in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

Chelsea head into the Semi-Final with only one major injury doubt – Thibaut Courtois, after he injured his ankle during a suspected commercial video shoot for the NBA. Wing-back, Marcos Alonso missed the clash against Manchester United due to illness but is expected to be fully fit for the game on Saturday. Antonio Conte has no other significant injury concerns before the match.

 

Predicted Chelsea XI:

Begovic; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Moses, Pedro, Hazard, Costa

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:

Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Kane

Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Although Chelsea may not be on the best form of their campaign, they are still a huge force at both ends of the pitch, with players such as Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante. The match could be a huge momentum swing in the way of either team as Spurs continue to push Chelsea in the Premier League. This is a game where two teams in great form, playing great football, with great managers are going to give everything they have got to come out on top. You can guarantee it will not be an easy game for any player on the hallowed turf of Wembley.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth: Match Preview

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth: Match Preview

Tottenham Hotspur arrive into this game in a very good run of form with six league wins on the trot. Bournemouth will attempt to test Mauricio Pochettino’s sides home form which has been immense this season – with only Liverpool and Leicester City managing to leave White Hart Lane with a point apiece, Spurs have won their last 11 league games at the Lane. A record they will be hoping to keep in what looks likely (yet to be confirmed) the final season the Lilywhites will spend at their famous old ground.

Tale of The Tape: 

Upon being eliminated from the Europa League, Spurs have marched into a great run of form which has seen them climb up to and consolidate second place, whilst qualifying for the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

On the other hand, Bournemouth are winless in their last three outings – Eddie Howe’s side have drawn two of their last three games, but arrive into this fixture on the back end of a 3-1 loss to Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium.

In the previous meeting between the two sides at White Hart Lane last season, Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs raced into a two goal within quarter of an hour, before Christian Eriksen netted a third in the beginning of the second half to guide Spurs into a 3-0 win over the Cherries. However, the two sides cancelled each other out earlier in the season as Bournemouth held Spurs to a 0-0 draw.

Team News:

Erik Lamela and Harry Winks continue to be assessed, but remain out for the remainder of this season. However, Pochettino revealed that Danny Rose will begin ‘outdoor work’ next week on his road to full fitness. After missing two games with a back problem, Victor Wanyama trained as usual with the team this week and is available for selection again.

After coming off from the bench last weekend in the win against Watford, Harry Kane is likely to be called back into the starting XI. A big boost for Spurs ahead of their pursuit to end this season strongly in both the league and go all the way in the cup.

Callum Wilson and Andrew Surman remain long-term casualties for the Cherries. Jack Wilshere is expected to remain in midfield after starting in last Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:

Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane

Predicted Bournemouth XI:

Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Fraser, Arter, Wilshere; Pugh, Afobe, King

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Bournemouth

Whilst Bournemouth are going through a slight dip in form and Spurs ever so hungry to keep chasing Chelsea in their pursuit of the league title – on paper (key words: on paper!) this only looks to be ending in one way; another big home win for Pochettino’s side. With Kane back in the side, and Dele Alli, Eriksen and Son on top of their game; Spurs will be looking to put Bournemouth to the sword and complete another fine win at the Lane.

Come on you Spurs!!!

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Middlesbrough: Match Preview

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur vs Middlesbrough: Match Preview

After a difficult game against Sunderland on Tuesday, Spurs will be wanting to get their shooting boots on and try to dispatch of 15th place ‘Boro comfortably. Tottenham are returning to White Hart Lane in the Premier League after two draws against Sunderland and Manchester City.

Tale of the Tape:

Since the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, Tottenham have been on a fantastic run of 10 games unbeaten which has seen the Lilywhite’s rising to second position in the Premier League table. Although Spurs failed to score against the Black Cats, it is clear that if Dele Alli and his peers are on form, it can be very hard to stop this Tottenham team.

Middlesbrough – in a vast contrast with Spurs, the newcomers to the Premier League have only gained nine points from their last 10 Premier League games. After 23 match days, Aitor Karanka’s team have found themselves only four places above the relegation zone and they know how crucial a result at White Hart Lane could be to their survival.

Of the last 10 meetings between these two clubs, Tottenham have come out victorious six times while Boro have only won once against the North Londoners. The last meeting did not prove as easy for Mauricio Pochettino’s team as many thought.

A sublime individual performance from Heung-Min Son saw Spurs win 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium. This fixture has created some great matches recently, most notably the 3-3 draw in 2005 where Mido had to rescue Spurs in the 83rd minute.

Team News:

Tottenham will be missing full-back Danny Rose due to suspected ligament damage suffered in the draw at Sunderland. The 26 year old is feared to be out for up to four weeks which could see him miss the trip to Anfield next week. Jan Vertonghen is still ruled out with an ankle injury but is progressing well.

Hugo Lloris is expected to return to the starting 11 after his illness which saw him left out of the match day squad for the midweek trip to Sunderland.

Kieran Trippier and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou both will miss this one also after their recent injuries suffered against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend.

Erik Lamela continues to miss out despite being back at Hotspur Way – continuing his road to fitness again. Pochettino insists that the Argentine made it clear to him that he wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur; dismissing the reports of him seeking a move in the summer.

Aitor Karanka will be missing the opportunity of picking either Callum Chambers or Captain George Friend who are both ruled out of the fixture due to injury. However, defender Daniel Ayala is returning from suspension and could feature.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:

Lloris, Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Davies; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane

Predicted Middlesbrough XI:

Valdes, Barragan, Gibson, Bernardo, Fabio; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Traore,Negredo, Stuani

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Middlesbrough

After three tough games for Mauricio Pochettino and his team, it is vital that Spurs regain their composure and get the result that could see them potentially move within six points of leaders Chelsea. If Spurs fail to win it could spell the end of the title race as the Blues have the chance to extend the increasingly daunting gap to 12 points. The Spurs team need to focus on their performance alone and do everything they can to get the all-important three points and leave the White Hart Lane happy once again.

Boro’s last win came on the 17th of December against fellow relegation candidates Swansea City, and on the home run that Spurs are in, it is hard to say that Karanka’s men will get the result they also desperately need.

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Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

FeaturedSunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

Following a thrilling FA Cup victory over Wycombe Wanderers, Tottenham return to Premier League action in a midweek match under the lights at the Stadium of Light. Spurs will be looking to return to winning ways in the league following a hard fought (and not entirely deserved) 2-2 draw at The Etihad Stadium.

Tale of the Tape:

Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven league matches, six of which they’ve won, as well as collecting eight victories out of nine in all competitions since the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford way back on the 11th of December. Having scored 21 league goals in their last seven matches, Spurs are prolific in front of goal at the moment and will look to maintain that against the Black Cats.

Sunderland – in contrast haven’t collected a league victory since the 17th of December against Watford at home and are really struggling right now.  The only real glimmer of hope for the Sunderland fans was a strong performance to grind out a 2-2 draw vs Liverpool at the start of the month, they haven’t picked up a league point since.

In the last six meetings between the teams Spurs have won five and there has been one draw between the teams, 2-2 back in September 2014 at the Stadium of Light. The most recent meeting between the two was back in September when Spurs won 1-0 thanks to a Harry Kane tap-in. The last time the two sides met in the North East, Spurs picked up a late 1-0 victory thanks to a beautifully worked Ryan Mason goal. Off track from the preview but it has delighted everybody in the Spurs family that Ryan has been discharged from hospital and is likely to make a full recovery.

Team News:

Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose have all made miraculous, full recoveries from the ‘injuries’ that kept them out of the Wycombe match. However, Georges Kevin N’Koudou and Kieran Trippier are unavailable following knocks they picked up vs Wycombe. Erik Lamela remains out, but is back in England and working on his recovery at Hotspur Way. Jan Vertonghen is also ‘a few weeks’ away from returning.

Sunderland have numerous injury problems at the minute. Papy Djilobodji is out (suspended) as well as Lynden Gooch, Jordan Pickford, Steven Pienaar, Javi Manquillo, Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchoff, Paddy McNair, Duncan Watmore and Victor Anichebe all either out or a doubt for the game. Dame N’Dong and Lamine Koné have returned from AFCON and most likely will be fit to play.

Predicted Sunderland XI:

Mannone, Jones, Koné, O’Shea, Love; Januzaj, Rodwell, Larsson, Denayer, Honeyman; Defoe

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:

Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose; Eriksen, Alli, Kane

Prediction: Sunderland 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

In a vital week for Spurs, today is a must-win game if Tottenham are to provide pressure to Chelsea who play Liverpool and Arsenal in their next two games. With the gap between the Lilywhites and the Blues being as big as it currently is, it is crucial to win today in order to attempt closing the gap at the top whilst consolidating a place in the top four. Sunderland are in the relegation zone and are in danger of going down, so they will want to get a result to try and rekindle their hopes of keeping their Premier League status, but if Spurs turn up, this game is likely to result in three points for Pochettino’s men.

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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

FeaturedManchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Manchester City on the back of an impressive winning run that is sure to be put the test against Guardiola’s superstars. Although their recent form has been inconsistent (much like their entire season, thus far), nothing should be taken for granted when coming up against a City team with the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero looking to put things right – especially away from home.

Tale of The Tape: 

Pochettino’s Spurs travel to Manchester on Saturday with the ideal tempo as the Lilywhites have won their last six games, seven in all competitions, which has seen them now move up to second in the league – slightly ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal, yet there’s some distance between second and first in the table.

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City on the other hand are slowly starting to slip down the table. After their 4-0 loss on Merseyside last weekend, Pep Guardiola surprisingly seems to have thrown in the towel in regards to the Premier League title race. Should Spurs win on Saturday evening, it will add further complications for the already depleted City side.

Spurs have won the last three league meetings against City – scoring eight goals and only conceding twice in the process. An unusual (yet pleasant!) surprise considering the impressive record that City held over Spurs before that.

Team News:

After his unfortunate injury against WBA last weekend, Jan Vertonghen misses out for the first time this season. Pochettino revealed that the injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and that the Belgian is expected to miss only six weeks.

Erik Lamela however is still sidelined. Pochettino spoke of his concerns regarding Lamela’s injury admitting that he has grown frustrated, as well as Lamela has himself. The Argentine has been out of action since the end of October and it is unclear when he will be back with the first team again.

Gabriel Jesus was announced a City player during the week and has been given the green light to join up with his new teammates after his £27m move from Palmeiras. He could start on the bench.

Fernandinho misses out for City following his red card against Burnley a fortnight ago – ruling him out of this fixture as a part of a three game ban.

Predicted Manchester City XI: 

Bravo; Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy; Zabaleta, Toure; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:

Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose; Alli, Eriksen; Kane

Prediction: Manchester City 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Hopefully Spurs can take advantage of City’s recent form and utilise this opportunity to make a big statement in the title race. A win at Manchester City would push City further out of the title picture, whilst highlighting ourselves as serious contenders for a first league title in five decades. It won’t be easy, but here’s hoping.

COME ON YOU SPURS! 

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Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

Fresh off the back of an eventually comfortable win vs Aston Villa in the FA Cup, Spurs will look to hit the ground running back in Premier League action following an iconic White Hart Lane victory vs Chelsea. West Brom will arrive full of confidence, having had a strong first half of the season, they will be looking to strengthen their hopes of a European spot.

Tale of the Tape:

Spurs have won all their last five in the league, and six in all competitions. Having been in excellent form following a disappointing defeat at Old Trafford, Spurs will look to continue this excellent vain of form with a win vs The Baggies. Having scored seven in his last four league matches, and scoring in two of his last three Dele Alli might be a good bet to score at some point on Saturday.

West Brom have been strong in the league in their last six, although on the surface it may seem otherwise, having only won three; however, they were defensively resolute in 1-0 losses away at Arsenal and Chelsea and only 2-0 at Old Trafford which certainly flattered the home team. So, Spurs will absolutely have their work cut out tomorrow if they want to earn a victory.

In the last 6 meetings between the sides there have been four draws, one Spurs win and one West Brom win, but Spurs haven’t beaten WBA at home in the league since 2012, and the Lilywhites will look to break that record and secure three hard earned points vs Tony Pulis’ well organised team.

Team News:

Mauricio Pochettino can pick from a fully fit squad bar Erik Lamela who returned from Rome this week following treatment on a hip injury, he will continue his recovery over the next week to ten days and hopefully be available for selection soon.

Jonny Evans is ineligible through injury, the Northern Irish centre-half will be a big miss for West Brom as he has been at the heart of an effective defence this term. Compatriot Chris Brunt will face a late fitness test to determine if he will be available for the clash in North London.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:

Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose; Eriksen, Alli; Kane

Predicted West Bromwich Albion XI:

Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Nyom; Yacob, Fletcher; Morrison, Chadli, Phillips, Rondon

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

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