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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers.

Welcome back Harry! Glenn, Joe and Kevin! Enjoy your day at the Lane, if not the result!

It`s Poch`s first game at the Lane so no spoiling the party!! And, if its good bye Dawson for the signing of Sevilla defender Federico Fazio in the next few days, I sincerely hope he gets a great testimonial.

Momentum........no matter how pedestrian the opposition, winning breeds confidence!
However, our old frailties at the back showed again.... West Ham were the better side for much of the game and Noble's spot miss let us off the hook. Poch will also be a relieved man after we were again outplayed in large periods on Thursday against Limassol. The most worrying aspect of our game right now is how Kaboul got bossed by Cole against the spammers and Rose was being skinned by Downing.

With Kyle Walker's still having pelvic problems and Naughton suspended, Ryan Fredericks' has had no game time that means Dier will probably be moved to right-back. That means Kaboul partnering with Verts and Rose at the left and Dier on the right.

Adebayor, Christian Eriksen, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue are available having been rested from the 2-1 Europa League play-off win over AEL.
Against AEL on Thursday Dier looked confident and strong at CB. Vert made his first appearance of the season and looked a little short of match fitness. Dier was arguably the stronger out of the two in the middle of the defence.

Davies, however, was weak defensively on his debut, letting his man get past him for the AEL goal, and unable to stop attackers getting shots off on another couple of occasions. So our back four looks incomplete and vulnerable.

With Dawson out of favour and Chiriches apparently on his way to Roma our CB choices are limited which is not ideal with a front two of Austin and Remy for the Hoops. We should be prepared for a manic time in front of goal, especially if Remy is coming to WHL, he may want to perform in front of his new home fans.

Paulinho needs his bumps felt! He failed to exert his authority on the AEL game and also lost the ball in the lead up to the AEL goal. We moved the ball around much better once Chadli and Dembele came on and Paulho came off. Townsend is still trying to do everything himself and he has to learn to distribute the ball. Dembele, however, is starting to look good and he should get a start against the hoops.

I think Poch is not going to rotate the squad for PL and EL he is going to pick the individual players depending on the opposition.

Poch will know that QPR are still feeling their way back into the Prem. Their record in the Prem is not good: QPR have now won just four of their last 40 Premier league matches and have taken just one point from seven opening weekend matches in the competition.

Tottenham have won eight of their last ten Premier League home games;  QPR have lost seven of their previous ten Championship away matches. QPR are without a clean sheet in seven away games.

Harry knows only too well how costly a poor start can be after a 16-game winless run at the beginning of their last top-flight campaign in 2012-13. Harry has signed Rio Ferdinand, Steve Caulker, Jordon Mutch and Leroy Fer, as well as bringing in Chile international pair Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas on loan to strengthen the squad but against Hull, although they had the lion`s share of the possession, they were still not clinical enough in front of goal.

I expect Harry to play: Green, Dunne, Ferdinand, Caulker, Isla, Traore, Barton, Fer, Mutch, Remy and Austin. Eduardo Vargas is ineligible due to work permit issues.

With Joey Barton lurking around to break the odd leg or two and the fragility of our defence I expect Poch to put some steel in the middle of the park to protect our back four. We know enough about QPR`s CB`s, they ain`t the fastest so I hope Soldado, Eriksen and Ade can turn them with Lamela and Lennon providing some service as well as some width.

It will be an interesting day with the former management team sitting in the away dug out and some former players coming back, it will be something of an Old Boys Reunion.
On paper we should flatten the "Gr`s" and to get three wins on the bounce as well would help settle the squad, the nerves and build some momentum.  

Written by OyVeh Maria



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Sunday August 24 2014
Time: 1:26AM

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Welcome back Arry, looking forward to his handshake with Mauricio
YankeeSpur23
24/08/2014 01:41:00
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3-1 Spurs !!!
T.H.F.Chris
24/08/2014 02:06:00
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welcome back HR, best manager we have for years. we should win this with ease though. coys
123spurs
24/08/2014 02:14:00
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COME ON YOU SPURS & WIN WIN WIN !
Madaboutspurs
24/08/2014 03:26:00
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C O M E. O N YOU S P U R S 2014/2015 P 38 w 38 L 0 gf + 120 a win tomorrow to get this party started.are my dreaming,to many goals thats it.coys
bazdog
24/08/2014 03:48:00
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Loved Harry, was bummed when he went.....so far so good with Poncho.....hope we start to see the fast-passing and high-pressing we watched in pre-season....COYS!
Brown-Baker-Henry
24/08/2014 05:11:00
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I got a bad feeling about this one. I can just see Remy scoring and ole Arry smiling his head off as the Gr's nick a goal at the death. We need someone to neutralise Joey the axeman barton
MalaysiaSpur
24/08/2014 06:48:00
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Team for QPR, Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Capoue, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon and Ade. That's what I think MP will go with, I'd prefer Soldado and Sandro instead of Ade and Bentaleb. Going today, hope Harry gets a good reception but more importantly we get 3 points.
RAF Yid
24/08/2014 07:06:00
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Over 30 years in management, a win ratio of 40%. 1 FA Cup, 1 Intertoto and one Div 1 trophy in over 3 decades of being a manager. Most over-hyped manager in history. Enough about Harry, there's only one legend coming to WHL today and that is Hoddle. Great to see him back at the lane.

As for the game, Poch must have over 20 players vying for 11 shirts. Let's hope it fires the team to win at home.
muttley
24/08/2014 07:11:00
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Muttley, it will perhaps be more interesting to see who he leaves out? Only 18 but we have at least 24 players fit today.
RAF Yid
24/08/2014 07:19:00
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A good win today could elevate us to the dizzy heights of top four on the ladder. Nice of Everton and Arsenal to draw. Be just as nice if Pool and City draw tomorrow!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 08:01:00
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Picking the team is like picking the lottery numbers ... almost impossible. It's much easier to pick the score!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 08:03:00
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3-0 Spurs!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 08:03:00
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The Players and the Fans have a chance to rebuild that WHL FORTRESS. Hope they do just that! COYS!
Critical_Spur
24/08/2014 08:12:00
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Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge, I'll drink a pint of ice cold cider for every Spurs goal scored..... By 3.30 pm this afternoon, I'm gonna be totally off my face! Up the Spurs!
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 08:21:00
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We should have too much for QPR today, although I don't think we're going to have it all our own way. There is always an unknown quantity when ex players and managers visit and QPR have that in spades today. Providing the ref gets a grip on Barton early I don't see him causing too many problems, I do worry that one "welcome to the game son" challenge on Lamella may cause him to vanish though. All things being equal, I foresee a 2-1 victory with Erikson and Soldado scoring for us. COYS
devils-advocaat
24/08/2014 08:24:00
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Oh and I look forward to seeing Levy doing the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by AVB. Shame it's not waterboarding but you can't have everything eh!
devils-advocaat
24/08/2014 08:27:00
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There are two ways QPR can achieve a result at WHL. 1. Sit deep with 10 players and hope we do not score, counter-attacking 2. Come with guns blazing with high pressuring our ball possessor at every oportunity, because everyone should already know that if we are pressed high we struggle. I hope Harry chooses neither! COYS!!!
Jables
24/08/2014 09:02:00
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Funny all the soldado expectations... He was dote last season and won't be any better this season, I'm expecting him to be an unused sub again today and will be gone by the weekend! Fingers crossed.... 3-1 spurs today, Lamela Eriksen & Ade COYS
LuvWhites
24/08/2014 09:09:00
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Lloris... Dyer, Kaboul, Jan, Rose... Capoue, Bentaleb... Lennon, Eriksen, Lamela... Adebayor.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 09:22:00
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Dream on, you delusionist lot! Presently, Spurs are no more than a mediocre team. They'll struggle against ANY team. They are weak in defensive midfield and hopeless in defence and struggling up front. For all the pre-season talk of needing to strengthen the squad, Poch has done very little in this regard - he just brought in a couple of AVERAGE players, that's all. All summer I've been fed up with all the media talking up Spurs getting such and such a star. All to fizzle out in the end. Maybe Levy has got Poch's hands tied well and proper. What is worse is that now Poch is dismantling by selling Vlad, who probably is his BEST defender and most suited to his much-vaunted high-line policy. Goodbye Spurs.
dagobert
24/08/2014 09:24:00
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dagobert... I love your optimism... Always good to see a fellow Spurs supporter get behind the team. All we need is 9 more Vlad's and we'll be good to go.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 09:30:00
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Shame Rose started against Spam...he was poor but that heaped pressure on Davies all to evident during his debut....now we have two LB's with issues...Rose may get the nod but he has to stop the cross! I'd go with Dembele and Capoue in the middle...up top it's difficult -Ade for his presence or Soldado for his movement and trickery?...I might just lean towards Soldado, confidence getting there and should be rewarded for his goal...Lamela right...and get this I'm almost tempted to pick Andros for the left...he will really want to do well in this one but I might just save his adrenaline for the bench...so a toss up between Chadli and Kane but again rewarding good play and link up with Soldado and Lamela Kane gets the nod....I'd start him off the left and have Eriksen pulling the strings but if Eriksen doesn't sharpen up he'd get the hook and depending on the game move Lamela or Kane in behind Soldado bringing on pace (lennon or Andros) if they are chasing or a goal threat (Ade/chadli) if they are sitting deep....we could also push Dembele up as Capoue should have it covered.
.....................Soldado.................
Kane..............Eriksen............Lamela
..........Dembele........Capoue............
Rose..........Verts....Kaboul........Dier.....
.....................Lloris.........................
shedboy2
24/08/2014 09:38:00
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Agree with your team there MAN ON! Think that's the line up we will see. Though would love holtby in there somewhere
special too
24/08/2014 09:41:00
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dagobert- yep Levy controls the purse strings - always has...no point blaming Poch he was hired as a yes man....he is only a coach and will have to work with what he gets....(sure he'll make suggestions but...)
shedboy2
24/08/2014 09:42:00
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Their potential line up doesn't look that bad by the names, though pretty aging...not an easy game I fear
special too
24/08/2014 09:43:00
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Jables.. yes we are still not able to deal with opposition playing the pressing game better than us...were pressed by Limasol and suffered in the 1st half and a bit in 2nd. From what i saw on the terrible internet link !! Maurico has to make sure we contain QPR, as Harry will go with the counter attack game plan, using Remy speed..
Block D Spurs
24/08/2014 09:43:00
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shedboy2.. I think I might prefer your selection. I'd swap the positions of Kane and Eriksen, although I don't think it matters.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 09:45:00
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QPR have some good players but what are they like as a team? How much is MP still experimenting? I wonder how much influence Glen will have on Harry's team and tactics? How many goals will we win by?
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 09:49:00
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Jables ... There's really only one way to win a game - one team has to score more than the other team.
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 09:49:00
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special too... It's the team I think Poch will pick but I'll be happy with one or two different choices. Dembele for Nabil and Roberto for Ade?
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 09:52:00
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Last season’s home record left a lot to be desired and has to be improved ... starting today. We, of course, also need to maintain our away record from last season.
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 09:52:00
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Are we still able to use Glen as a sub?!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 09:53:00
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Glenn can step into our dugout as interim head coach when MP is fired at half-time.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 09:56:00
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Man on they will interchange but I would like Eriksen to have a little more influence on games and Kane will work going backwards...That said I think we'll see your team but I think it's disjointed...Ade drops too deep into Eriksens space so the 3 supporting all bump into each other, Bentaleb doesn't offer enough in either direction for me, Lennon is not very good on the left and doesn't have enough goals in him for the formation even when he swaps flanks...it's a team of individuals and lacks balance...they are good individuals and will beat a lot of teams...but they are not a unit to bring back the swagger or compete for top4....
shedboy2
24/08/2014 09:56:00
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Shedboy2, I like your selection too
MalaysiaSpur
24/08/2014 09:57:00
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Geofspurs... Our home record did improve in the last part of the season but... don't mention the stats.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 09:57:00
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MAN ... the stats (oops, sorry).
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 10:04:00
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...............Ade................
Kane.......Eriksen....Lamela
......Capoue....Dembele.....
Rose...Verts....Kabs....Dier
..............Lloris...............
Yidmarks
24/08/2014 10:04:00
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We need ADE up top as Rio and Caulker are big boys.

Dembele is ready to start and looks hungry. I think he will thrive next to Capoue.
Kane, Eriksen & Lamela are must-starts.

COYS
Yidmarks
24/08/2014 10:08:00
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Yidmarks... Good point re Ade but he doesn't tend to play very central to the attack. (I think Kane could trouble them centrally)... We could overcome their height but lack of speed at the back, by keeping the ball to feet with some quick movement and interplay off Roberto. If QPR play defensively deep then there may be too much emphasis on playing the long ball out to Ade. Not MP's game I know, so hopefully we can out manoeuvre them in midfield and catch them on the back-foot.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 10:18:00
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All the teams suggested above look okay ... that's the bloody problem!!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 10:21:00
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Rex ... Well, we have to blame someone! Some people don't seem to understand that goals against us aren't always someone’s fault ... some are just good, well taken, goals!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 10:35:00
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Geofspurs : "There's really only one way to win a game - one team has to score more than the other team."

Try telling that to Legia Warsaw
In-spurs-ational
24/08/2014 10:35:00
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I've had a change of heart... We should play Remy, Fazio and Mussachio, schneiderlin and Bony. Stick Wellbeck and Rodriguez on the bench.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 10:37:00
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We have at least a game of football today, with yet another player linked to us, Franco Baldini wants to bring Swiss international centre back Fabian Schar to Spurs this summer and watched the 22-year-old in action for Basle at Sion last week, reports the Mirror. With Vlad looking likely to join Roma, and Fazio still up in the air, Fazio never featured in last nights 1-1 draw with Valencia, http://www.marca.com/en/football/2014_15/laliga/matchday_1/sev_val/online.html and Welbeck declaring (if true) he would be up for joining us, then what of the Remy to us media hype, if he starts today is that on the back burner? COYS SPURS put on over on churchill, oh yes, yes, yes, tell Arry the england job is up for grabs, that should be enough to take his mind of QPR, it worked well with us.
spu 4 life
24/08/2014 10:39:00
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theirs so much bull crap about the transfers that are going to happen
tarkan mardinCOYS
24/08/2014 10:45:00
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tarkan mardinCOYS - what ever gave you that idea, it's the same every transfer window, why would this one be any different. lol
spu 4 life
24/08/2014 10:47:00
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In-spurs ... ?!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 10:51:00
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Media reports are pathetic ... I’ve just seen one saying that Madrid are preparing a bid for Bale ... yeah, right, like that’s going to happen!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 10:53:00
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Geofspurs, Legia Warsaw is the side that beat Celtic 6-1, and Celtic went through
In-spurs-ational
24/08/2014 10:55:00
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As i have a massive dislike for Harry Redknapp i hope we batter QPR today.
I`d rather lose to Arsenal than lose to QPR so i hope we wipe that smug grin off his face with a great performance,& a win by a fine margin.Kill 2 birds with one stone & i`ll be enjoying my beer immensely with victory today,just like we did with West Ham last week.Should never have won that against West Ham but we did & it tasted sweeter as it was never on the cards & it pi$$ed West Ham right off because they know that.
I`m going Spurs to win 4-1 against QPR.
Fanny adams
24/08/2014 11:04:00
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I think Ferdinand will struggle today against our attack, surely past his best, 2-0 at least COYSS!!
Thats Entertainment
24/08/2014 11:16:00
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Rex, so true about Davies.
RAF Yid
24/08/2014 11:19:00
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Rex, the press seem obsessed with Spurs. The other clubs don't seem to get the coverage we get about trivial and less than factual information. I will take any win today. Happy to start with 2/2 wins, get some momentum going and let Lamela build some confidence before we play our traditionally early season game against the goons. COYS.
vicspur
24/08/2014 11:21:00
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I don't dislike Harry but I still want to beat the hell out of QPR. I like Hoddle more but I still want to beat the hell out of QPR! Up the Lilywhites!
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 11:21:00
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As those in the know constantly remind us that Harry was a hack, with no plan B and failed to get the best out of our top 3 squad, we should hammer QPR by 5 or 6 given that we now have a master strategist in charge and a squad full of Top, if not quite Top Top players and Harry has a group of pensioners to manage. Anything less than 4-0 will be failure.
Harry-Kari
24/08/2014 11:36:00
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Harry doesn't park the bus, he will try and win it today, so some room for us, lets not be wasteful with our chances and the 3pts are ours, hopefully Barton to get sent off early, he won't be able to resist fouling Lamela. COYSS!!
Thats Entertainment
24/08/2014 11:41:00
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In-spurs ... Ah, now I get it. It only just happened and I forgot all about it. It's an age thing! :-)
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 11:46:00
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Fanny ... Even if QPR lose ‘Arry’ will claim it was his influence that set Spurs up to win. Bless him!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 11:49:00
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Lloris, dier, kaboul, verts, Rose, Capoue, Dembele, lamela, eriksen, chadli, Soldado.
But we could have Walker, Dawson, Veljkovic, Davies, Sandro, Paulinho, lennon, Holtby, Townsend Ade.
Subs, Bentaleb, Kane, Cabellos, Fryers, Brad, Fredricks, Mason and Noughton's suspended!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 11:53:00
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harry is a hack-i hate the cvnt
tarkan mardinCOYS
24/08/2014 11:54:00
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3-1 Spurs, two Spurs goals in the last ten minutes, so no early panicking!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 11:55:00
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Harry is a likeable rogue, a charactor in a sport that everyone points out is now run like a business, I like him espcially as he is now managing someone else!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 11:57:00
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Lol Geof, I think thats the best prediction of the day, Harry won't loose no matter what the score!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 11:59:00
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In other words Slurms, it's not over until the fat lady sings! Always a good thing to remember.
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 11:59:00
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We are playing a recently promoted team, taking into account that we are in transition, nothing less then a win is acceptable!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 12:00:00
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I don't see what my wife's singing has to do with it Geof?
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 12:01:00
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Forget the score, who’s willing to predict where we’ll be on the ladder tomorrow? 2nd anyone? Optimist til I die!
Geofspurs
24/08/2014 12:01:00
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Well, if we win by 4 or more we could be joint top but we'll probably throw it all away by september due to mass injury and fatigue.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 12:04:00
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2nd this evening, third tomorrow evening!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 12:06:00
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Slurms ... That's no way to talk about my mistress.
MAN ON!
24/08/2014 12:06:00
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Man On I believe Pochettino has banned all spurs players from attending church. He's hoping to avoid Mass injuries...
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 12:08:00
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Man on I shall avoid the temptation to suggest there's plenty to go around!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 12:10:00
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Does Chadli get the nod to start on the left ahead of townsend and Lennon? I think we should stick with Lamela and soldado to start and bring on ade and the soeed merchants with thirty minutes to go!
Slurms McKenzie
24/08/2014 12:12:00
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