Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City
If Thudd scores I will eat my scarf!..........Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul are still injured which means Verts will probably go left back again, especially as Fryres pulled up at Sheriff and AVB has finally realised that Naughton is no good at left back. Paulinho, Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker will probably start after being rested for the midweek clash with Sheriff Tiraspol. Hull are definitely without injured goalkeeper Allan McGregor and Danny Graham, while Sone Aluko (calf) and Robbie Brady (hernia) are major doubts. Jake Livermore is ineligible to play against us.
We are 3 points behind the league leaders this season in 5th place. At the same time last season we were 5 points behind league leaders in 5th place! So why are we feeling so uneasy? Last Sunday was Tottenham's fourth successive away win without conceding a goal. Not a bad record, but.........!
Against Sheriff Chiriches looked good which is about as much as you can say about the game! Sheriff have not won a group game in Europe for three years. Somehow we managed to make them look like a real threat! Once again we survived on a night when the result outweighed the performance. People are asking when is Lamela going to show up? Eriksen is looking out of his depth all of a sudden. These are good players, they don`t become bad ones over night,. Is it the system that we are playing that makes us look so predictable? Sheriff bossed us and yet again we seem clueless against a packed midfield.
Andre Villas-Boas on the the Villans Match: 'It was a great performance. We improved with time because the beginning was difficult, as we had lots of longs balls to deal with. 'The opening goal was important to bring confidence and we really played well in the second half. We deserved to go 2-0 up. 'It was the right response after the defeat by West Ham and it is good to see us near the top. 'Andros Townsend had a great game. He didn't start well but really picked up after his goal. He is a great threat. His pace and ability to beat a man, he takes the team forward.'That is the key. Does AVB bring confidence to the players?
The thing is we get results using a formation and a style of play that just doesn`t make you sit easy in your chair. Yes, Andros Townsend did score a goal but he didn't really mean it. But at last we built an attack from the left and at last Roberto Soldado helped create an opportunity which he finished. Roberto Soldado's finish was the mark of a true 6 yard box goal poacher and that is exactly where we need him, in the 6 yard box.
The chant from the terraces used to be "boring, boring Arsenal" Take a look at what kind of football they are playing now and what we are playing. Why? Where has our speed on the counter gone? Where has our pace on the left disappeared to? Our home form is not as good as our away form but to be fair, apart from the Scum, we have not had that big a test. Our next away match is at Everton though. Are we really going to get a result at Goodison playing this brand of football? We have the two Manchester`s coming up Citeh away and Manure at home. We need to give them a right go. If we push the ball around playing slow link up play against them we will get punished, especially if we lose the ball in possession we will be having to get everyone back behind the ball because we are playing such a high line.
This Hull game is a chance to test out some speed on both wings with Lennon and Townsend alternating the wing attack, get Soldado in the 6 yard box and put Holtby or Eriksen in the pocket. Sandro and Dembele sitting in front of Vlad and Daws with Vert at LB and Walker at RB. With Eriksen and Lamela still not hitting form and Chadli not quite establishing a true position we still do not know our best or first 11.
This Hull Performance will also be a test because the conditions on Sunday predict high winds that will make set pieces, crosses and long balls unpredictable so I am hoping we can keep the ball on the deck and play some direct attacking football. Let`s have a performance to go with the result and let`s put a show on for the White Lane Faithful!
Written by OyVeh Maria