3 Ways Huddersfield Could Try And Stop Tottenham Tomorrow
Only one team has stopped us scoring at home this season, but I always think it is a good idea to think from the perspective of the opposition to see how they might try to stop us, even if it is unlikely.
So, I am going to take my Spurs hat off for a second to see what I think David Wagner will do to try and get a result:
1) A Tactical Surprise
Swansea`s 0-0 draw at Wembley back in September was based on a back three. Huddersfield have not often deviated from a 4-5-1 this campaign so a switch in system isn`t likely, but they do have the option to do so.
They brought in Dutch international Terence Kongolo on loan from Monaco in January, and although he has been employed at left back in recent games, his natural position is at centre half. Moving him into a back three would be a logical move if they employ the defensive setup utilised by the Swans.
2) An aerial threat
With Poch likely to be without the Belgian pair again, the centre back partnership of Sanchez and Dier is likely to continue. They coped ably with the threat of Christian Benteke last week, but the Belgian`s form has been terrible this season. Unlike Steve Mounie who is on a bit of a role at the moment.
In just the last month he has scored four goals and provided two assists, and he is a difficult customer. Our backline will have to be mindful of crosses into the box for the Benin international. Wagner is also not afraid of playing two up top so don`t be surprised if Laurent Depoitre also makes an appearance at some stage. He will be another threat from the air our defence may have to cope with.
3) An old face could come back to haunt us
Alex Pritchard is beginning to settle at his new club after his £10m switch from Norwich. Our former player has helped his new side with one goal and two assists in their last two league games.
He is a skilful player, but we are likely to have a great deal of the ball tomorrow, so his threat could be very minimal. Yet, you get the feeling he will want to prove something against his old team so we should be mindful of the problems he could cause us.
The games is effectively a free hit for our opposition. They have crucial six pointers against Swansea, Palace, Brighton and Newcastle all coming up so this could be a good time for us to play them. However, these things could go either way. The freedom could make them more dangerous or they could be very lax in defence, allowing Harry and the rest to put them to the sword in no time at all. We shall see.