Predicted Tottenham Line-up To Face Swansea City In The Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur would hope to start the New Year with a bang, as they travel to Swansea City next Wednesday. Spurs, after thrashing Burnley 3-0 away, completed a 5-2 mauling of Southampton at Wembley on Boxing Day, courtesy of Harry Kane’s 8th hat-trick in the calendar year. With his three goals, the 24-year-old eclipsed Alan Shearer’s 22-year-old record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, taking his tally to 39 for 2017.
Swansea, on the other hand, are at the rock bottom of the table, following their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield.
On Thursday, Swansea City appointed ex-Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal to steady their sinking ship. The manager admitted they indeed need a miracle to avoid relegation and a defeat against an in-form Spurs side.
The last time the two sides met, Swansea frustrated Spurs at Wembley with an all-out rearguard action. The struggling Swans fans would expect their side to at least put up a fight against Mauricio Pochettino’s side and not just surrender.
Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) both remain sidelined, although the latter is close to returning, according to Pochettino.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen have to be cautious against Southampton as they are just a booking away from suspension.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Hugo Lloris (GK)
The French international is the first choice for Pochettino in goal and would be keen to keep a clean-sheet at Swansea.
Serge Aurier (RB)
Aurier continues to impress with his performances and it’s only a matter of time before he displaces Tripper as the team’s No.1 right-back.
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
The Colombian adds much more solidity to the back-line. Should retain his place, against Swansea.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Jan Vertonghen has quietly asserted himself as the leader of Spurs’ notoriously parsimonious back-line and has consistently outshone countryman Toby Alderweireld over the past 12 months.
Danny Rose (LB)
Going by the rumour mill, it remains to be seen whether Rose will stay with Spurs after January. However, his good form means another start in the Premier League is a possibility.
Eric Dier (CM)
If one asks what Dier’s actual position is, it’s the defensive midfield role. The England international’s versatility remains appealing but he is not a ‘centre-back’. His general role is protecting the back four, doing the dirty job in the middle of the park and contributing to attacks whenever needed.
Mousa Dembele (CM)
Dembele is slowly starting to pick up the tempo following his injury. The Belgian adds steel and a lot of robustness to the midfield, which is essential as games are majorly won in the midfield.
Christian Eriksen (RW)
Eriksen’s trickery and magical passes will be required in Wales if Spurs are to return home with three points.
Dele Alli (CAM)
If Alli could keep away the notorious gimmicks, he could become a world-class midfielder. The way he scored against Southampton was sweet, just sliding the ball past a sprawling Forster from outside the penalty area.
Son Heung-min (LW)
Son, in every aspect, looks to be a fantastic buy for Poch. His work-rate off the ball makes him an even better player to have in the squad. Must start at the Liberty Stadium.
Harry Kane (ST)
Kane became Premier League’s top scorer in a calendar year and ensured he finished ahead of Lionel Messi as the leading man for club and country. He took only 22 minutes to beat Alan Shearer’s record that had stood since 1995 and by the final whistle, Kane had completed the year on 39 goals in the Premier League and 56 for club and country, thanks to 2 back-to-back hat-tricks. Will start.
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Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.
Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.
There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.
Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10
The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.
Kieran Trippier – 6/10
Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.
Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10
The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.
Jan Vertonghen – 7/10
Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.
Danny Rose – 7/10
Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.
Eric Dier – 5.5/10
This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.
Mousa Dembele – 7/10
The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.
Son Heung-min – 6/10
This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.
Christian Eriksen – 6/10
Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.
Lucas Moura – 6.5/10
The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.
Harry Kane – 6.5/10
Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.
Erik Lamela – 7.5/10
The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.
Dele Alli – N/A
The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.
“We need this man in our team” – Some Spurs fans want 21-year-old Lyon midfield tank to join club
The French side played Manchester City and came out 2-1 winners at the Etihad. While Nabil Fekir starred in the attack, Ndombele was immense in the midfield and did his bit for Lyon.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has played five times for the Ligue 1 club this season and his performance in the Champions League caught the eye of a few Tottenham fans.
Spurs didn’t buy a single player in the offseason and have struggled in recent times, losing their last three games. Ndombele might not help us find the back of the net but he surely can keep the midfield from being overrun.
Some Spurs fans were quick to suggest we needed the 21-year-old while some were irate as to why we didn’t add to the midfield in the summer.
— Kev J. Stewart (@KevJStewart) September 19, 2018
Could’ve had him for €40m in the summer. Will cost a lot more if he has a good CL campaign.
— Ari (@AriHotspur) September 19, 2018
Ndombele showing tonight in the Champions League exactly the reason why Tottenham Hotspur should have looked to snap the midfielder up when we had the chance in the summer just passed us.
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) September 19, 2018
With bids like £3 million plus Josh Onomah we had no chance
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) September 19, 2018
Ndombele, fekir and depay would have been dream signings
— Daz (@the_life_of_daz) September 19, 2018
This conversation it really hurts Ricky. Its madness that we didnt add at least one midfielder. Ndombele would be perfect addition…
— Dimitris (@dimitriskan94) September 19, 2018
Not signing a CM seemed ridiculous given the physical issues of VW, HW and MD, and is already being proved so. Bloody infuriating.
— SalopianCOYS (@kanagawaben) September 19, 2018
“Can I sell mine back”, “God help us” – Some Tottenham fans are dreading facing this club at Wembley
Tottenham’s Twitter account certainly know how to rile up some of the fans. We just came off a third defeat in a row but the team decided to give an update on the tickets being sold out for the Barcelona game.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2018
We took the lead against Inter and should have wrapped up the three points by managing the game in the final few minutes. Instead, Tottenham allowed the Italians a chance back in the game, thanks to a wonder goal from Mauro Icardi. Subsequently, the players fell asleep defending a corner in the last seconds of the match.
The Catalans will face Spurs at Wembley on 3rd October but we first need to get our season back on track.
Losses against Watford and Liverpool have pushed us six points behind the leaders in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven don’t make for easy reading in our Champions League group.
Our next game is against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League but some of our fans weren’t confident of a quality showing when the Catalans pay a visit.
— John_Wick (@JohnWic53445461) September 19, 2018
We, the supporters, will always be proud of the club. All we ask for in return is a performance we can be proud of aswell. #COYS
— Lilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) September 19, 2018
Prediction : Tottenham 0-7 Barcelona
— Sam schulz (@senopatiDM) September 19, 2018
A VERY DIFFICULT MATCH FOR SPURS
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) September 19, 2018
biggest ever attendance to watch an english team get beat in europe, looking forward to it!
— dan (@danceinastorms) September 19, 2018
Messi, Suarez, Dembele & Co. will have a field day against us if we continue to be as timid as we have been.
— Liam (@FathersCountToo) September 19, 2018
Let’s make sure there are 2 balls available; the match ball for Barcelona and one for spurs to have a few touches with🙏
— Darren Gough (@dgyido) September 19, 2018
Scared about how many goals Barca are going to score 😭
— PerkyG (@perkyg) September 19, 2018
No more technical decisions please.
— Ian (@EyeSea71) September 19, 2018
Can I sell mine back after last night
— James Caulfield ✌️ (@jrcaulf) September 19, 2018
God help us!
— Graham Ellis (@gramellis) September 19, 2018
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