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Match Day Preview - Spurs v Bournemouth. COYS

Match Day Preview - Spurs v Bournemouth. COYS


So we could break the all-time Premier League attendance record when we meet Bournemouth. But it`s the first home win of the season we need more. Poch is under pressure now to take our away form and bring it in to our temporary home. Let`s face it if the biggest home crowd at a League game does turn up then our team had better turn up as well cos we need a performance this weekend to make sure the fans go away happy and, even more importantly, that they want to come back in numbers. Another dull Burnley Swansea style draw will be too much. Chelski would have and should have been the biggest crowd ever but the Police and local Authority restricted us to 70,000, this time we have no restrictions.

The question marks are now against Dele Alli. I watched the Huddersfield game and then I watched the recording and I only looked at where Dele was and what he was doing. His movement was good he made intelligent runs but he`s trying to do too much and he`s trying to do the flash stuff and has forgotten the basics. After two brilliant seasons Alli has looked short of his best this season and his frustration is showing in some of the stupid things he is doing on the pitch including that woeful dive in the Huddersfield box. The stat from Oulala.com underline that Alli is definitely suffering a dip in form. They show that in his seven league appearances, Alli has made more unsuccessful touches (26) than any other player in the top flight. Richarlison (25), Riyad Mahrez (23), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (23) and Ayoze Perez (23) complete the top five for this undesirable stat. He has also lost possession 21 times - that`s the second most by any player in the Premier League. Only Swansea City`s Jordan Ayew has been dispossessed more times (24).

Then there is Moussa Dembele arguably our most influential player, a massive talent whose ability to hold on to the ball and distribute it turning defence into attack is being sorely missed. Fears grow for Moussa who himself has said he will never be 100% fit ever again. The door is open again for Ross Berkley to fill that space and though Moussa is back in light training I think Winks may get the nod to start this weekend with Sissoko coming on later. Poch may want to hold Dembele back for the bigger games. Would the arrival of another midfielder in January upset the balance of the Spurs side? Talk is of Andre Gomes coming from Barca and of course Berkley is supposed to be a given. But given that Moussa can never be considered as an automatic start and Winks is an emerging power house do we need a Berkley or a Gomes?

So we are in good nick in the PL and handily placed in the CL, despite dropping points at home, our away form is proving our salvation. Spurs have the joint-best away record in the league, along with Manchester City 4 wins from 4 and a goal difference of plus-10. But we have the fourth-worst home form, losing to Chelsea and draws to Burnley and Swansea, scoring only 2 in 3 matches. October is the month when we will be put to the ultimate test. With 10 games gone in all competitions, our record is the same as it was 12 months ago; 7 wins, 2 draws and a loss. Then, like now, we have improved quickly after an average start and have gone on a winning run and like last season we had 5 wins in 2016, and now 4 this season with hopefully a good win this weekend to make it 5 in a row. However, last season we went from mid -October to the end of November with just 1 win out of 10 matches. Those defeats cost us our place in the CL and then our place in the EL and it left Chelski too far ahead to really catch up. To be fair during that period we lost Harry and Alders to injury. This time around we may be in better nick with Wanyama, Rose, Lamela and Moussa coming back. We need these players as we have to stay competitive in all competitions and especially this month with Real Madrid on Tuesday Liverpool on Sunday and a squad game against the Hammers in the EFL finishing with United away at the end of the month. The next four weeks are going to show us what this squad is made of as big fixture after big fixture starts rolling in

Eddie Howe`s Bournemouth will not be easy to break down. They gave City a hard game, going down eventually to a 97th minute winner at the end of August but they did get thumped away by the Woolwich. But who will Poch pick with the biggest game for Spurs since we won the UEFA Cup in nineteen hundred and frozen to death coming up!

You can bet your sweet bippy not one of the Spurs squad will want to miss the match on Tuesday and Poch will want to wrap up some players in cotton wool and pull some players off early. The really big team pick issues will come in some key areas. Will Rose get a start so Davies can be held back for the Real game. Will Trippier start over Aurier or will Poch want Tripps for Tuesday or will KWP come in? Then there is midfield. Will Wanyama come back in, leaving Dier on the bench and will Winks start over Sissoko. Delle has to play, he needs time on the pitch, Harry will no doubt start but hopefully Llorente will be called on sooner rather than later. With Real Madrid approaching who would be your choice for Saturday?



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Writer:Oyveh Maria
Date:Saturday October 14 2017
Time: 8:38AM

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I'm going for yet more Wembley woe. For the Cherries that is.
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 09:30:00
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Lloris in goal and Harry up top.
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 09:31:00
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Sorry .... put this on the wrong thread so I've copied it. It’s no secret that I like Spurs to win 3-0. It’s a nice comfortable score and suggests dominance over the opposition. When I first started predicting game scores, three-nil would have been seen as highly optimistic and somewhat delusional. Times have changed! A predicted three-nil victory in Spurs favour is almost short-changing the likely outcome for many games now. It took a while, but the team has finally caught up with me. Maybe it will soon be time to raise the prediction by a goal or two but, for now .... Spurs 3–0 Bournemouth (Kane 2, Davies 1)! Does anyone think this is optimistic or delusional? :-)
Geofspurs
14/10/2017 10:05:00
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It was worth posting twice. You're one of the few Spurs supporters that post on here that actually looks forward with a sense of joy and not dread when it comes to seeing us play.
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 10:16:00
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I'll go for Tripp for today - we need Serge who is more experienced on the CL big game stage. Rose if fit; a partnership of Winks and Dier; Llorente, Sissoko and Wamy to come on as close to 60 as poss. RM are going to be brutal - I'll take a 1-0 loss now, tbh lol. COYS
Ali Li
14/10/2017 10:19:00
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Let's do the Cherries first and then get Real! I predict a handsome victory for today and a 3-1 away win in Madrid. Kane, Benzema and Modric all scoring own goals, along with one in off an upfield punt from Lloris! (Bale is out I think). It'll be confusing for those first 3, not knowing if they are coming or going for their respective teams.
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 10:29:00
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Thank god MP picks the team and I don't have to worry about it. Whoever he selects is fine by me. As OyVeh says, this is going to be some month, and that makes MP's squad balancing act even more challenging than usual. Can't watch the game until midday tomorrow (UK time) but I can watch the early game between United and Pool. Hoping for a draw in that one.
Geofspurs
14/10/2017 10:33:00
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I agree with Ali Li on the selection issue but want to emphasise the need to get a good cushion by 60 mins in order to utilise subs. Trips to get those crosses in (not seen many this season) for Llorente. I truly hope the biggest crowd get to witness a spectacle and an emphatic win, finally put to bed the Wembley woes. They've all had very good international games for their respective nations and the momentum is with us. Harry Kane team 3, Cherries 0.... brace for the GB winner. COYS!
Critical_Spur
14/10/2017 11:24:00
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I did say subs at 60 mins not last 60 secs!
Critical_Spur
14/10/2017 11:25:00
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Does anyone know what the ticket sales are for this one ... how many expected? Another PL record crowd would be nice, accompanied by a win!
Geofspurs
14/10/2017 11:41:00
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United and Pool both drop two points. Nice! Enjoy the game people.
Geofspurs
14/10/2017 14:38:00
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anyone have a good stream?
Guernman
14/10/2017 14:56:00
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Build up far too slow again
philbill
14/10/2017 15:31:00
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Well, that was a load of crap! We can still thrash them in the 2nd half but..... 1-0 will do. COYS!
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 15:43:00
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Whatever happened to Trippier and his trademark crosses?... TBH, I'd take Son off for Llorente. Son rarely does anything when starting.
Critical_Spur
14/10/2017 15:43:00
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Anyone still awake (and that includes you lot with white shirts walking around the Wembley pitch)?
Harry-Kari
14/10/2017 15:46:00
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Not looking good. Plodding along as usual. Bournemouth can predict where we play the ball next with their eyes closed. We need more pace and guile. Would be nice if we got a direct free kick or two outside the box, as I can't see any other way for us to get a breakthrough. I absolutely hate watching games at Wembley. The pitch is too slow and the camera angle way too low. It's like watching a match back in the day at Highbury on the telly. I hope we get a higher angle at the new Lane.
zombiespurs
14/10/2017 15:49:00
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Does anyone have a decent stream? My one makes us look boring. Seriously, my stream keeps freezing.
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 15:50:00
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zombie spurs. Thanks.
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 15:54:00
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Yey!
Critical_Spur
14/10/2017 15:55:00
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Not great but 1-0 still = 3 points.
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 16:45:00
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Bring on REAL. Oh really?
Hot Tottingham
14/10/2017 16:45:00
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Your welcome, Tottingham!
zombiespurs
14/10/2017 16:51:00
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A real tight result at Wembley against a Bournemouth team without an away PL win. We really should be seeing teams like this off far more easier than this, this "Wembley thing" is ridiculous and we must shape ourselves, we have left WHL and need to get over it. Will we have same problem in the new stadium.
Frank
14/10/2017 16:51:00
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Frustrating match to watch overall. We should have capitalised on the breaks we had, especially at the end. Why didn't Winks slot it across? Not even Sissoko could have missed an open goal, or could he? Thankfully, we had someone on the pitch with some vision to make the most of free space to strike. The Real game will be different as they obviously won't be coming here to park the bus!
zombiespurs
14/10/2017 16:56:00
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3 points, our first home win of the season, Chelsea losing to Palace, Liverpool and United dropping points, Morinhou trying to take his Billion £ squad back to the bore draws of last season at the first sight of a decent team. All in all a good day at the office!
spurticus87
14/10/2017 17:16:00
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A win is a win, but we certainly made hard work of that. If we can be more clinical in front of goal, we should be able to see off these smaller teams a lot easier. On another day, Defoe scores the equaliser and its another 2 home points dropped. Good news is that Dele put in a better display today and Vertonghen was excellent. Sanchez looked a bit shaky vs Josh King who looked quite impressive. A decent Kane back up maybe, he has a bit of pace as well, which is always welcome.
Guyver
14/10/2017 17:35:00
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And now Arsenal have lost!!! Guyver (and to all others who mention our struggled against the "lesser" teams. We are statistically the best team against clubs outside of the top 6...
spurticus87
14/10/2017 19:20:00
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Looks like Palace were saving it all up for Chelsea. Watford in 4th and now 2 points ahead of Chelsea after beating the Gooners. Makes our day look so much better.
Hot Tottingham
15/10/2017 00:25:00
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spurticus87, context. Those positive statistics are enhanced by a dominant WHL record. We've already dropped more points at Wembley in the league, than we did at WHL all of last season. This 1-0 victory over Bournemouth wasn't particularly encouraging when compared to our home performances last season against similar opposition.
Guyver
15/10/2017 06:14:00
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There's always been this attitude among our fans that the performance is more important than the result, it really isn't. We got a scrappy one nil win and are now third, four points clear of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. If you want to compete at the top of the table you need to grind out results, its not how pretty the football is its just about how many you win.
jod
15/10/2017 09:54:00
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That is it exactly, jod. People will complain though about our performance even when we thrash teams, as we did Huddersfield. Complain that we should've scored more as opposed to COULD have scored more. As though 4 is never enough.

It's not as though Spurs do not in general play very good, attractive football a lot of the time. But we can't expect it as a given in all matches. A win is a win, is a win, in what is and will be a long and tough season.

In many respects I can understand why they played within themselves yesterday given the pressure and importance of the end result at Wembley and the not so small matter of playing away to Real in the CL, just 3 days later.

Hot Tottingham
15/10/2017 10:16:00
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We didn't even play badly. We just didn't hit the heights that we can and it resulted in a boring and unsensational match. Not helped of course by yet another sturdy but "park the bus" display from our opponents. If we can be just as boring and yet get a result against Real on Tuesday, I certainly will not be complaining.
Hot Tottingham
15/10/2017 10:25:00
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I must say that I was very impressed with Winks again. I was also impressed by the performance of our new attacking midfielder, Jan Vertonghen.
Hot Tottingham
15/10/2017 11:12:00
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What I saw at wembley was... Bournmouth 5 man back line, 3 in front and 2 infront of them. That was it for most of game... Park the bus, try counter attack. We were too slow in moving the ball and crossing in 1st half, better in 2nd half. Lloris good saves on the line 1st half, and on defoe's shot in 2nd half. Erickson a bit lucky in deflections but a cool finish in the middle of 5 defenders! Ali slightly better tracking back a few times... WInksie good.. Harry was well covered by defenders, as there was 8 of them... Sissoko did well in his sub. appearance... In all a scrappy win, but a win is what matters... COYS
Block D Spurs
15/10/2017 12:03:00
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A win is the most important thing and I agree the performance wasn't that bad, but thats 4 home games in the league and only 3 goals scored. Less than a goal a game. If we don't improve in this area, expect to see a lot more dropped points at Wembley.
Guyver
15/10/2017 13:01:00
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I don't think we can be miserable too much about the game, even though it was pedestrian at times, slow at times and not that exciting. It takes a lot of class play to break down teams like that and patience and if you don't break them down they can punish you on counter attack. if kane had put his couple of chances away which he would do on another day the game would have been different, its about fine lines, clinical finishing to bring the opposition out and cleverness.

However, we can have opinions and see what we feel needs to improve or what we are missing.

I still say we miss pace, trippier is not great when it comes to offensive play compared to walker. Did anyone see walkers assist, he ran the whole length of the pitch to bust a gut to get into the box, incidentally on the inside of the player with the ball who was actually on the wing, and ball was put through, he cut back and goal. That is what we miss. Walker final ball was often poor, mainly his crossing, but making defenders think and work was his speciality because he had pace, got forward and it dragged defenders out, we are missing that on both sides with Trippier and davies, even though davies has played well, it kind of changes our game and sometimes it doesn't give us that penetration having them play. I also think son is struggling once again this season, he doesn't seem sharp or confident, he isn't making those tricky runs, taking players on as he was last season, I think missing pre season has hindered his progress and we may not see the best of him until later in the campaign. I still think we need pace.

I also think we often fall into that tip tap side ways, slow movement forward easily without the pace, and overlaps, too much play in front of the defenders, trying to be clever, especially with Dele, and it doesn't always work. That is why we need pace and runners behind. I would have thought it was Sons job to do that, but didn't see much of it and the wing backs, verts was very good and did well at getting crosses in, but we still need more from the wing backs and offesive players.

I still think we miss a kind of dribbler, like a Gasgoine tyoe of player, who can take people on and makes things happen or someone who create by breaking defenders down. I think if Lamela comes back good he will be massive for us, he does something different, and I still think barkley would give us something else as well really like to see him with us. I also think we niss Wanyama's presence at time but overall we are doing alright.

We are still amongst the top four, but City look like champions and in a way that bugs me becuase Walker will be bragging about making the right move, proving a point if they win the PL. I really don't want them to win it simple because we sold the best Rb to them, it will hurt and it will make our players think as well, Rose will be bubbling to go knowing Walker got his move and won the PL because I actually think Rose was a better player than Walker.

A win is a win, and this next month is going to be massive, if we can get to xmas amingst top four we will be doing well. I like to see Lamela, Wanyama and Dembele back to bring more competition and Rose if he is staying.

its all ok, we got the win
It'sME
15/10/2017 13:09:00
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Agree with most of what itsme says. After 8 games spurs are placed well. Spurs miss dembele and wanyama who both boss the midfield in a way Dier/winks can't. Spurs still lack a Zaha/Mahrez a players who are dangerous on the counter. Looking forward spurs need to find Dembele's replacement and start to bed him in as Dembele looks like the injuries have caught up with him and needs to used sparingly.
palmover
15/10/2017 13:22:00
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Richarlason and decorre of watford (please forgive the spelling) look like the type of players MP could improve. Very impressed with them in the win Vs the Gooners.
palmover
15/10/2017 13:25:00
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I did complain myself at half time about the lacklustre performance. However, I never got the sense that we wouldn't eventually win the game. I agree that it was poor finishing as well as some solid defending that mean't we didn't score more goals. I also agree that we should do better. Playing against Real will be a much tougher test of course and I've no doubt that we will raise our game to match the greater opposition. We usually do. When we play within ourselves, lacking urgency but keeping a lot of possession, it is usually against the "bus-parkers", who do often make it very difficult for teams to break them down. It often depends on when the first goal is scored as to how the match will flow. We nearly always create plenty of opportunities but the longer the match goes on without us putting one away, the more patient we have to be in a way. As soon as we scored yesterday they had to open up a bit more to get back into the game and so it was no coincidence that we looked livelier and more dangerous. I will always prefer our team to be exciting and entertaining in the win but I also accept that it is not always possible. This is why I salute the win, if not the overall play. We have still only lost once at Wembley this season and it is also the only loss. So we're doing much better than yesterdays 1st half performance might suggest.
Hot Tottingham
15/10/2017 13:29:00
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Just watched the game. It was a boring first half and a slightly better second half. We played a patient game, which was the reason for it being boring. The top six clubs will be facing ‘bus-parking’ tactics quite frequently in their home games. It’s how things work now. We have much more opportunity to play exciting football against teams that want to beat us, not steal a point. Now don’t take this the wrong way lads, but watching the way Winks plays such a composed game reminds me of Blanchflower. No. I’m not saying he is anywhere as good, or better, than DB ... just that he plays in a similar manner. He’s got a similar physique, too. He is certainly a very promising prospect for the future. Anyway after a tough game like Bournemouth we should have an easy win in Madrid against a team that will come at us! No .... course I don’t know what I’m talking about!
Geofspurs
15/10/2017 14:41:00
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We are slightly ahead of the two points per game average that should secure a top four finish. Our GD is far better than the teams below us so we need to keep that going despite Kane's barren goal-scoring spell which is now one game in a row.
Geofspurs
15/10/2017 15:14:00
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Geoff I'm sure it will end something like 0-3 in Madrid!
jvd
15/10/2017 15:22:00
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exactly Guvyer, but at least we won, and now hopefully we will kick on frm that...seems like the days when you can come on Vital and have an honest discussion with your fellow supporters about yr team are going.
Ossie
16/10/2017 11:10:00
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Sadly the team missed the opportunity to put the Wembley thing to bed once and for all. We won, but we're still struggling at Wembley more so than at other venues. We won of course, which is the most important thing, but I am yet to see the team play its best football at Wembley, and until they do, questions will remain.
BelgianSpur
16/10/2017 11:29:00
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