Predicted Tottenham Line-up To Face Huddersfield In The Premier League
After an impressive showing against Apoel Nicosia, Tottenham will now turn their heads towards the upcoming Premier League showdown. Sitting 4th on the log, 2 points behind Chelsea and 5 points behind leaders Manchester United and Manchester City, Tottenham will travel to Huddersfield this weekend with a hope of coming away with all three points.
It certainly won’t be an easy outing for the Lilywhites given that the hosts are having a perfect home record in the Premier League this season. In their last three home games, the Terriers have won once and have managed two draws – against Southampton and Leicester City. David Wagner’s men might well be happy with a point, but Tottenham need to make sure they clinch all three points from the fixture.
Furthermore, what might cheer us up is the fact that we are one of the best away sides this season. In the last three away games in the Premier League, we have scored an impressive 8 goals. Besides, the fact that we have won 13 consecutive Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides will also be a boost.
History beckons for Tottenham this weekend, a win would see us win the opening four away games of the season for the first time since 1960/61. Furthermore, Harry Kane shares a daunting memory with the Kirklees Stadium as the last time he played at the venue – 2011 on loan at Leyton Orient – he scored a goal and was then sent off. Let’s take a look at how Tottenham might line up against Huddersfield this weekend.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Absolutely no doubt about it! Lloris has made some prodigal errors this season, but remains Tottenham’s number one without the slightest of doubts. He has managed 3 clean sheets so far and will be looking to add more.
Defence: Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen
These three remain the lynchpin of Tottenham’s defence and have only shipped 3 goals in the last 5 appearances. Huddersfield sure carry a slight upper hand due to the home support, but scoring against these three will be a mountainous task. The first and utmost threat for the trio would be Aaron Mooy, who has created an impressive 15 goal scoring chances this season, which is actually twice as many as any of his team-mates.
Wing-backs and Midfielders: Trippier, Winks, Dier, Davies
With Serge Aurier missing the fixture due to a suspension (after his red card at West Ham), Kieran Trippier is rightly expected to get the nod on the right flank. The opposite flank will undoubtedly be occupied by Ben Davies. Both Davies and Trippier started against Apoel in the Champions League, but the lack of option might well force Pochettino to use the duo this weekend as well.
The central spot will be occupied by Eric Dier and Harry Winks. Pochettino has admitted that he will have to be careful with Winks but the lack of resources – both Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are injured – means Winks might start the fixture. However, if Pochettino decides to rest Winks, Moussa Sissoko might well start in midfield and his partner in crime would be Eric Dier.
Attacking Midfield: Alli, Eriksen
Dele Alli will return to action following his European suspension and will look to add more numbers to his tally. Having already scored two goals and one assist, the Englishman will line up alongside Christian Eriksen, who appears to have recovered from his illness. Another creative game lies upon us!
Striker: Harry Kane
Stating Kane in the line-up has become a protocol now. Kane is grabbing all the headlines and has scored 11 goals in his last 5 top-flight away games. Hang on, there’s more; Kane has scored 20 goals in his last 16 league appearances against promoted teams. Brace yourselves Huddersfield Town!
“The tackle was nice, eh?” – Mauricio Pochettino hails Eric Dier’s incredible tackle on Sergio Ramos
The Lilywhites have been brilliant under the manager since he took over from Southampton. We are now regulars for a top-four spot and lie a couple of points behind the Premier League leaders after eight games.
Pochettino was quoted by the Guardian as saying:
“The tackle was nice, eh?
“He touched the ball. In England, that’s never a foul. In Europe, it’s different. But to be brave like this – look, Dier is a holding midfielder and he was pressing Sergio Ramos in the penalty area.
“That is the mentality that, from day one at Spurs, we have tried to translate to the players. I feel proud about that. It’s a fantastic attitude, one that we always need to keep pushing.”
Dier did get booked for that challenge in Seville but it set the tone for the rest of the game. The manager also spoke about the significance of moments such as the one from Dier.
“The signal that you send to your opponents is important.
“To say: ‘We are not scared of you. We come here and we want to beat you.’
“We can play good or bad but always it’s about the attitude. With different attitudes, sure, the game would be completely different and have different results. With only talent you cannot beat any team. But talent with attitude is everything.”
Tottenham have made a decent start in the league and hopefully, we will be able to carry the same form for the rest of the season.
We have lost both our games in the Champions League so far, and face a couple of crucial ties against PSV Eindhoven next.
“I had friends that chose a criminal life” – Tottenham star opens up about how football saved him
The former Paris Saint-Germain star has found his feet in England, after a tough six months last season, and claimed a number of his friends went down the “bad way.”
Moura was speaking to the Evening Standard and was quoted saying:
“It was very difficult when I was young because there are problems with violence, gangs, guns, drugs – a criminal life.
“I had friends that choose a criminal life. Some of them are in prison and some of them are dead. They chose the bad way.
“I played a lot of football in the street. My dream was to become a footballer – that’s why I didn’t go to the bad way. I always believed I could realise my dream and give another life to my family.”
Moura added that his parents sent him down the right path and that he always wanted to be a footballer and nothing else.
The Brazilian’s form this season saw him earn a recall to the national side. Moura has three goals from eight Premier League games and has been one of the more consistent players for Tottenham.
The 26-year-old was used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino after joining us in January but believes he can get better.
“The first five months was to adapt to the new life, the new championship, the new coach, a new country, a new club.
“Now I’ve done a pre-season with the team and I understand what the coach expects from me. Here the game is so dynamic, the intensity is so high. I hope I’m a little far from my best. I’m playing well but can do better.”
The Brazilian hasn’t hit the levels that he did during his first few years with PSG but working with Pochettino should help him reach his potential.
The season is only a few games in and hopefully, we will see the best of Moura in the coming months.
Arsenal leading race to sign £50m-rated Tottenham target
The Turkish youngster joined the Italian side in 2017 and has been one of the most impressive players for the team.
The report claims that the Gunners are leading Tottenham and Bayern Munich for the 21-year-old’s signature. Under has a couple of goals and three assists from eight games this season and played for the Turkish national side during the international break.
Although Tottenham didn’t bring in new faces in the summer, we can’t rule out transfers in the winter window.
Almost every team will be looking to add quality in the winter window and we should be no different. It will be interesting to see if we continue keeping tabs on the Turkish international as the season progresses.
Tottenham could do with someone of Under’s quality in the team, as he seems ready for Premier League football.
The 21-year-old could get even better under the watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is one of the best managers in the world, and his record of getting the best out of youngsters could help us land some quality players in January.
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