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Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

With Chelsea all but guaranteed a Champions league place, Spurs could put some pressure on Arsenal with 3 points at The Britannia.

Despite being hard to beat for the first half of the season, with only three defeats in their first twenty-one games (all comps). Drawing twelve of them, kept Stoke in the lower to mid table region of the Prem and struggling for points, but only three wins in 2013, gave real concern that they might get relegated, and but for recent wins over Norwich and QPR, they could still be in serious trouble.

The facts are clear this season, that Stoke have gone from being a team that you had to battle for your lives to get anything, to a team that has lost its bite and organisational qualities and you wonder, now that they look like being safe for another year, taking their feet off the gas, could, or will hopefully cause them problems, against a Tottenham side that mush get three points or possibly kiss good bye to their own season.

You would like to think that Spurs will be right up for this game and a win may well put the pressure back on Arsenal, who face FA Cup winners, Wigan (Yes thats right…) on Tuesday, knowing that they have to win to regain their top four place. You would like to think that gaining a very creditable draw at Stamford Bridge in midweek will be a major boost and be seen as a point gained as opposed to two being lost, however that will count for nothing unless the boys get six points and hope for some mini capitulation from our beloved neighbours.

AVB will hopefully have Mousa Dembele back in contention, but you have to wonder if playing a not quite fit player, is beneficial, and we should consider other options, with perhaps Huddlestone, alongside one of Parker or Holtby, would be sensible, especially when we have worries over Lennon and perhaps Bale, who both seem to be struggling themselves.

After what we hope will have been a defining game for Emmanuel Adebayor at Chelsea, you assume that he will get the start over Defoe, whilst I can see Gylfi Sigurdsson starting on the left in preference to Holtby and Dempsey, should both Bale and Lennon start as expected. Defensively, I would assume that Walker, Dawson and Vertonghen will all start, but I have a feeling that AVB will prefer the right footed Naughton to counter the left footed Charlie Adam at left back. I suppose when we talk about Adam, we hope above all else that he stays well away from a certain Welshman.



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Saturday May 11 2013
Time: 8:15PM

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We are not going the get bullied, we have more steel than previous Spurs sides and our quality will tell in the end. 1-2. COYS
ItalianYiddo
11/05/2013 20:30:00
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Here's hoping Wigan stay sober and as a cup winning side, give the scum a right thrashing. Two fairy tales in one week...?
van der haart lane
11/05/2013 20:36:00
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Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Jan, Lennon, Hudd, Parker, Dembele, Bale and Ade. COYS!
RAF Yid
11/05/2013 20:36:00
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Hopefully Bale can show the Adam lout how a true pro. and winner does it.
Hotspur 1882
11/05/2013 20:37:00
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am hoping the bad in the above picture is full of beech towels as Stoke are already preparing for their holiday
Oxfordspur
11/05/2013 20:38:00
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What a thought. Arse-nil Wigan 2
Hotspur 1882
11/05/2013 20:38:00
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Wouldn't that be fantastic Hotspur 1882, and that to come after we beat stoke 1-3 leaving us needing to beat Sunderland to get fourth!
Jantheman
11/05/2013 20:46:00
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Raf, that's the best 11 to get this job done, if all fit.
tophobunty
11/05/2013 21:09:00
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I'll be happy if Parker is on the bench and not on the pitch screwing up our attacks!
Jables
11/05/2013 21:12:00
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Wigan have a chance and they will give it everything. They beat Arsenal and then it goes to last game for them against Villa where there is only 1 goal difference it is in their hands to beat Arsenal and as for celebrating I think it was announced they can only celebrate with Iron Brew.

We have to do our own job first and that is to put in a huge performance and beat Stoke who are probably safe as they have a far supier goal difference compared to Wigan if they win both there matches and Stoke lose both of theirs - that being -10 Stoke -23 Wigan. So unless Wigan beat Arsenal and Villa by about 15 goals I expect Stoke to be safe regardless.

The teams with similar goal difference as Wigan is Newcastle and Norwich I believe. With Newcastle playing QPR they will be looking to get three points although even if they win QPR they are not safe if Wigan beat Arsenal due to their poor goal difference so Newcastle will need to get something from their last game against Arsenal to be absolutely sure and make sure of PL survival because beating QPR takes them to 41 points like Villa but with similar goal difference as Wigan and Villa.

If QPR get something from Newcastle then they may well have to win against Arsenal.

The emphasis is on us to do our job which we should be able to and then it is up to Arsenal to do there's so whichever team doesn't do there job we could say don't deserve to get CL. Us for bottling it or Arsenal for letting it slip.

I think we can get three points tomorrow with a comfortable win 3 - 1
thfan
11/05/2013 21:26:00
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wigans fate is in their own hands. they beat Arsenal and Villa and they survive.
Yorkspur
11/05/2013 21:35:00
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Having watched Sunder v Stoke last week, I am optimistic re our chances here. Personally, I’d rest Lennon for this. What’s the point of wrecking his summer and long term health. He was clearly not quite fit against Chelsea, though one has to admire his willingness and determination for the team. A great example!. If we are able to dominate the midfield, and handle their giants, our quality should produce the desired result. Hope Bale is a lot more involved than in the Chelsea game. Spurs win with a clean sheet. COYS! BTW, my team would be Lloris, Verts, Caulker, Daws, Walker, parker, Thudd (Demb if fit), Bale, Siggy, Hotby, Ade. I’d definitely choose Caulker (instead of BAE or Naughton) to counter Stoke’s physicalilty + aerial threat ....Defoe to come on midway through 2nd half, i.e, energy against tired legs, by which time Hotby would be aching for a rest!
Critical_Spur
11/05/2013 21:40:00
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Hudd had a nightmare against Chelsea. Thier mobile and fluid midfield completely over ran him, if Hudd does start he will most likely be up against Adam and N'Zonzi which is a completely different style which he faced wednesday night so hopefully im expecting him to have more of an influence as they are less fluid. Stoke have their 150 year celebration so hopefully they are not too fired up, a nice low key 1 nil win will do me.
spurfect one
11/05/2013 22:13:00
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COME ON YOU SPURS & WIN WIN :-)
Madaboutspurs
11/05/2013 22:33:00
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If Wigan fail to win against Le Scum,Our season and their season is over.Newcastle relegations fears all fade if they win against Qpr and last game wont matter for them!So our fate pretty much rests in Lactics hand.COYS
silwalyid
11/05/2013 23:54:00
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Lets not forget pardew is under massive pressure toward the end of the season and with the money he spent he needs to finish strong
Slurms McKenzie
12/05/2013 00:15:00
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As long as BAE doesnt start the last two games of the season. He clearly looks dis-interested, and was our worst player against Chelsea, if he wasnt out of place and so easily beaten as he looked on, we could have got more from that game. if Moyes doesnt bring Baines to UTD we should get him. Sadly Arsenal wont slip up, every season the *****ers just seem to hit a run, and we wont catch them now. So the question is, how much will Levy back AVB in the transfer market, and how will we treat the Europa league next season? it clearly cost us this season.
falmouthyid
12/05/2013 00:32:00
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We just got to take the fight to the last day. Stoke will be tough, we havent been defending set pieces well lately. Its key we score first against them. I hope Ade & Bale score for us. A draw is simply not an option. Got to win.
sydqcb5
12/05/2013 00:34:00
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The team should be Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker and Verts: Hudd and Dembele; Bale, Sigurdsson, Lennon; Ade. We need height at the back a la against the spammers, Hudd's passing to set Lennon and Bale free!
scoops50
12/05/2013 00:51:00
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Ade's opened his big mouth again!
silwalyid
12/05/2013 03:51:00
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I know we talk about our strikers a lot but since start of April we have scored on average 2 goals a game with the Southampton game the only one where we scored a single goal. That has to give us confidence that we can give Stoke problems. My only concern is at the other end where the Dawson / Vertonghen partnership hardly looks solid, our central midfield doesn't protect our goal well enough and LB is vulnerable whoever plays. Perhaps it's time to stick Defoe and Adebayor together with Bale and Lennon wide and go for it. I expect though that we'll play Adebayor up top on his own and load up a fluid midfield. Gutted I'm on a plane and will not find out until 8pm.
muttley
12/05/2013 04:00:00
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Ok this is my last game of the season..still thinking of going AWOL for the week so i can be at the sunderland game, (funny that the mobile phone network to thailand is allways going down ..lol) as sydqcb5 says set pieces are going to be our bigest problem i hope loris will be our 3rd central defender for them. Adam and Bale mmm going to be interesting i am sure adam will give him a good kick first chance hes got,, i hate to rely on refs but this time bale will need some kind of protection. Hud BAE and Parker ..sorry but iam not convinced they are up for the task and thats my biggest concern. Before i forget congratulations to Wigan what a result, wish i had a tenner on that one. I might just go and do a double on Chelsea and Bayarn losing in next weeks finals.
bangkokspur
12/05/2013 04:49:00
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No ifs and buts.................2 games. 2 wins and 6 points!! Looking for a positive performance on Sunday, no sh*g and hassle knocking it about in Midfield and hoping to Bore the opposition into a mistake please!! COYS
WestStandEnclosure
12/05/2013 05:55:00
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LOOSERS, in your face M0THERFU(KERS. guess what i guys play Europa League every season and get *****ed by pub team from norway. we play it for the first time and win it. This is class. bunch of jokers. u r fu(king disgrace of london. we have done our part and Arsecum to ***** you lot once again.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:09:00
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you*
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:10:00
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AVB -> that looser has shown his class once more. good job, keep up the good work season after season. you are the ideal man for this TITSPUR club.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:13:00
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D!CK Levy.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:15:00
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your first 11 is a bunch of queer.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:17:00
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AVB and his butth0le project.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:18:00
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i know i have made you lot furious but who gives 2 hoots whether you fu(king yids are angry or not, release your anger thru your butth0le and feel the divine sensation, you deluded lousy wh0res
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:22:00
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LLoris - The LOL DAWSON - The D!CK-son Vertonghen - The FART-onghen AssouEkotto - The LOUSY Ekotto Walker - The SUCKER Parker - The JOKER Huddlestone - The CRAP-stone Dembele - The DUMB-ele Bale - The FAIL Holtby - The WHORE-by
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 06:40:00
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No school then troll. Start dembele over Hudd, play siggy on left, Holtby instead of Parker and no bae. I would get caulker in for height and push jan out left for this one.
Windlespur
12/05/2013 07:48:00
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Hmmnmm ...another moron on here... that's why the Russian's team are called Chavs...and no one likes them... OX why have you not deleted these posts???? other vital sites do.. and we know which ones!!!
Block D Spurs
12/05/2013 08:00:00
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truth hurts huh u blockhead
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 08:06:00
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the BOY must have wet the bed this morning!. Parents left him home alone with a PC!

BTW, the fat ldy hasn't sung yet, so hold your keyboard. COYS!
Critical_Spur
12/05/2013 08:07:00
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it so much fun to see you guys *****ting your lily whites dirty. next time you will play for relegation, i wud be having so much fun watching your next couple of match, everytime ref mugs you off, everytime those wrestlers from britania factory pins you down kicks your butt, sooo much njoymewnt, you MFs deserves it.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 08:12:00
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last term u finished fourth still could not play CL, this term you lot stack up highest points ever still wud not be able to play CL. wat a joke of a football team. this is true justice. love it. next time get relegated and stay in championship for 100 years.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 08:19:00
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Great to see Wigan win the FA cup, it restores some faith in the distorted money driven world of football. For me anything that the chavs and City win is null and void, no different than playing with two extra men. I have no problem with Man U or even Arsenal winning trophies as they are self financed. Very well done Wigan, now stay up. COYS.
ItalianYiddo
12/05/2013 08:19:00
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Italian Yiddo, nice post.
StillRickyVilla
12/05/2013 08:27:00
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BlueBoyChelsea:you can tell he is still at school.he uses the word 'term' not season.....he must be on half-'TERM'......maybe when his voice breaks,he grows some pu8es and learns how to be a bit more constructive with his comments....we may...just may,take him seriously.
g. roberts testes
12/05/2013 08:34:00
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City and Chelsea winning trophies reminds me of stories of 21 year old money grabbing girls being bought Ferraris and expensive jewellery by their 70 year old sugar daddies. Do they appreciate those things as much as those who've worked hard over many years to afford them? Course they don't. Or are they as happy as normal 21 year old girls going out with their mates and dating blokes their own age. Course they not. Special shout out to Dave Whelan - he spent a lifetime working to get back to Wembley to put right his broken leg in the final 50 odd years ago!
StillRickyVilla
12/05/2013 08:45:00
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robert testicle, u need to use @ while addressing some1. u poor illiterate imbecile full-of-crap yid
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 08:47:00
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Hey Fu(k face get lost
silwalyid
12/05/2013 08:51:00
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AVB's spurs play CRAP n RUN footie
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 08:52:00
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They don't make straitjackets like they used to! I expect us to struggle early on (sending the matchday posters into conniptions) but for it all to come good at the end in a rather less than totally convincing victory. Fingers crossed that a surfeit of glory hasn't left Wigan incapable of surviving the drop.
darkenvai
12/05/2013 08:53:00
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today spur will once agn be fu(kd by those wrestlers, hope PULIS & co stick their boots in BALE - The Fail & AVB's butth0le and give it a mean twist.
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 08:57:00
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BlueBoyChealsea,REALLY,sunday morning and this is the mentality u have woken up with,your a classic example of why Chelsea and their supporters are so disliked.Look up the word humility,NUMPTY.
sandroman
12/05/2013 09:19:00
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your sunday will anyways be spoilt either by ref or by stoke wrestlers, i just started it a bit earlier. it's always good to pile up misery on spurs. u guys never leave chance to do that to us then why expecting a favor
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 09:23:00
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"your sunday will anyways be spoilt", and you call someone else illiterate,is'nt it time for your caregiver to change your daiper and bib?
sandroman
12/05/2013 09:33:00
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SUGGESTION RE: NON SPURS:

Sensible people can add to the debate. Even if they appear as biased in favour of their team as many of us are in favour of Spurs.

However, those who are childish and vindictive should be completely ignored. After all, presumably much of their motivation is driven by the expected responses of supposedly outraged Spurs supporters.

In some cases; perhaps the poor person repeated posting on this particular thread, there could be underlying causes for their behaviour. I suspect in this case, the likelihood is that we are visited by a mentally unstable subject. Unless of course, the person in question really is a particularly badly behaved child, under the age of seven years. Either way, it seems that the poor wretch has suffered some extremely unfortunate experience(s),

In short, please ignore such specimens.

Hotspur 1882
12/05/2013 09:51:00
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in yo a$$ u all imbeciles
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 09:53:00
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BlueBoyChelsea- not bothered about your comments re our team and set up but what is disturbing is the fact that you must have low intelligence, low morals and are an absolute disgrace to be so foul mouthed on a community website where many people of both sexes and ages partake in debate. Do you not have a conscience about how you speak? Our words reflect 'who we are' so what do your words reflect about you? As a parent I would be utterly ashamed if my child no matter what age they were spoke in such a manner. The aggression in your voice the words you use is beyond comprehension and obviously shows you have not reach the heights of a 'human being'.

The way you speak represents who you are - do you think decent human beings will take much notice of what you say, we just shake our heads and think 'oh dear' poor person another unconscious being creating negative vibes that will one day come back to him. It is so sad that you haven't managed to know, feel and understand what it is like to be a human being. Lets hope one day you do because it is this kind of behaviour that starts wars.

On a footballing note well done to Chelsea, they have secured their place.

back to Spurs - we may need Arsenal to slip up but no matter what happens we have done well in AVB first season. COYS
thfan
12/05/2013 09:54:00
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ha ha ha ha, you have summed up just the way you lot behave
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 09:55:00
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Think we can win this game. COYS
thfan
12/05/2013 09:57:00
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right now u r the 1 is in gutter
BlueBoyChelsea
12/05/2013 10:11:00
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Blu*****, if you could sign on Sunday's who would you send for you to do that complicated writing thing?
tophobunty
12/05/2013 10:12:00
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Stoke plan will be simple...?N'zonzi to cripple Bale, get corners, score goals. People assuming it will be easy for us, but with Harry's mate in charge of Stoke and our woeful defending it will be anything but. Hope the dream is still alive come 3pm.
Harry-Kari
12/05/2013 10:26:00
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Harry I don't see anyone here or anywhere else thinking away to Stoke is ever easy. Who are these people you mention?
tophobunty
12/05/2013 10:32:00
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Chavs reputation has always be in the gutter, since the days when they rebuilt Stamford Bridge.. which was again proven during the demolition & building the new wembley stadium, another owner followed with the British media questioning his business status.. during all of this their fans were complementing their club's reputation, and as seen on Vital Spurs today...
Block D Spurs
12/05/2013 10:37:00
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Topho, I may have overstated the case, but several predicted winning scores in the posts. As a glass half-empty person when it comes to Spurs (58 years of experience) I hate to jinx the lads by being over-confident in public! Of course, I still hope we win. Nice to see such an erudite analysis of our team from a supporter of a club that couldn't beat our weakened team at their ground and had to rely on dodgy refereeing decisions to beat Villa (not you Topho) don't you think?
Harry-Kari
12/05/2013 10:43:00
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Lol,Sunday no elementary school for little boys.No homework!Just get lost,sit infront of your computer and fap you fu(k face!Plastic Club with plastic fans,Disgrace
silwalyid
12/05/2013 10:55:00
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Harry really understand the half full glass issue being not many years behind you.
tophobunty
12/05/2013 10:59:00
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Harry the Chav (pond life) Chelsea fan on here shows the worst of football. It's sad but I guess we all need to accept that even the very limited people amongst us have the right to support a team, however unintelligent they may be.
tophobunty
12/05/2013 11:02:00
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I am a chelsea fan, as a ardent user of vital chelsea, I have never seen the user name @Blueboychelsea...I am amazed at what he is typing on here, shame!....smh!
layorh12
12/05/2013 11:03:00
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Agree Topho. Unfortunately, all clubs seem to have these type of characters. However, with the Internet we never really know who or what they are....maybe this one is a rattled Gooner in disguise! Anyway, let's hope the lads can top our glasses up this afternoon. COYS!
Harry-Kari
12/05/2013 11:17:00
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Lahore, good posting. You generally get what you deserve at this level And no doubting Chelsea deserves to finish top 4. Hope you win the Europa on Wednesday too.
tophobunty
12/05/2013 11:26:00
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Okay, if anyone is looking for a good omen for today, our last five matches have been draw, win, draw, win, draw. so the next in the sequence should be ....
In-spurs-ational
12/05/2013 11:27:00
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I'v never posted here but i hope u beat arsenal 4 top 4.n this blue boy,i truely have never seen his comments @ vitalcfc!
blue5
12/05/2013 11:42:00
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yes even i haven't seen the blue boy on vc. Good luck to you now that spurs are no longer involved in our champions league qualification. I honestly hate arsenal who want the champions league only for revenue. Chelsea, real madrid, barcelona, united play it to win.
Blue India
12/05/2013 11:51:00
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Dembele and Lennon both reported to have recovered from their injuries.
Hotspur 1882
12/05/2013 11:52:00
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wot the feck... OX erase the rantings of this little squirt...
Yidmarks
12/05/2013 11:56:00
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Last season we were shafted by Chris Foy at Stoke. Better team. Disallowed goal, sending off. Numerous other incorrect decisions, some involving crude 'tackles'.
Hope the record is put straight today.
Hotspur 1882
12/05/2013 11:56:00
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Stoke will come at Spurs if only to help shape the final outcome of Premier League places and show they matter. I don't think it's a good idea putting on players not recovered enough from injuries to be effective and in danger of aggravating those injuries. Not playing them (or not for long) today but in a few days' time when they are fitter, would be better use of resources. Or score a couple of goals early and if possible bring off players who have contributed enough to keep fit(tish) but who now need a break so as not to threaten that. Spurs may be stretched going into today's match but do still have players in the squad to get the job done.
Airwave
12/05/2013 11:59:00
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OX - Whatever happened to "abuse will not be tolerated"?? If that pathetic person is allowed to post on here just one more time, you need to take a long hard look at how you're running the site, mate.. Hopefully THE FEAR has seen what that person has said & acts swiftly to remove 'it' from the whole Vital network!!

Thanks to Blue India & layorh12, appreciate you both being grown-ups and posting in a respectable manner..
coopsieyid
12/05/2013 12:01:00
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...................Adebayor........................
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Siggy..............Bale..................Lennon
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...........Hudd.........Dembele/Parker......
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Verts........Daws......Caulker.......Walker
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.........................Lloris.......................
Yidmarks
12/05/2013 12:02:00
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