Date: 18th November 2020 at 6:00pm
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With another dull and pointless international break coming to an end for Tottenham Hotspur fans, the Premier League in particular now have to work out how to bubble the players again given the positive Covid tests we’ve seen from players coming out of their bubbles to line the pockets of the domestic authorities and of course, UEFA.

With the proper game back, if we can call it that, Spurs are set to host Pep Guardiola’s struggling Manchester City side this Saturday and everyone will be hoping for another White Hart Lane based three points to keep our positive start to the 2020/21 campaign going.

If results go our way in this weekends round of fixtures, we could even top the table!

Having paid little to no attention to football for the last couple of weeks, I’ve no idea where we are on injuries but that will become clear on Thursday or Friday when Jose Mourinho addresses the press but according to PhysioRoom we have five doubts with Erik Lamela, Tanguy Ndombele, Steven Bergwijn and Japhet Tanganga all set for late fitness tests for a possible Saturday return – but Matt Doherty is out as he’s self isolating.

We shall see who is fit and ready for battle.

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  • Yes TQ…….. I was inspired by the diverse tastes of my good friends at the monthly Automobile Association meetings I attend…

    AA for short! Or is that shots?!

  • Sometimes I really do like stats, these ones in particular.

    Pool have scored 18 times and conceded 16 times.
    United have scored 12 times, conceded 14 times, and lost 3 times.
    Arsenal have scored 9 times, conceded 10 times, and lost 4 times.
    City have scored 10 times and conceded 9 times.

    What do these stats mean? We all know they mean absolutely nothing … but they are pretty to look at!

  • The players could have the perfect mind-set on the day. There may not be any silly errors and VAR may take the day off. Or simply be correct with its use.

    We may play a very good game of football and yet lose. It’s City we are playing and they can play!

  • True Geoff, but oit of those 16 left in by Liverpool, 7 was one game, and 11 of spurs goals came in 2 games, but other games we only scored one goal.

    • That’s true but the fact is that Pool’s defence was breached 16 times …. it doesn’t matter if they were all in one game on in 16 different games. I doubt if any Pool supporter is happy about that.

  • Hot Tottingham – The games matter, but its not the same for all players. If Southgate still doesn’t know what Kane brings he shouldn’t be doing the job. Once we could no longer qualify playing him served no purpose. On the other hand if he’s trying to figure out whether some young player is ready to step up or whether someone like Winks is worth a place in the squad then playing time for England is important. Its the team selection that’s key, the question is always what is the manager going to get from picking that player in a game that doesn’t matter ? In Kane’s case the answer is nothing. I would be worried if a member of the England squad didn’t value playing for his country, whether anything was riding on it or not.

  • You could agrue that letting 16 goals to a team let in 9 and on the same number of points, im sure they are very happy with that, and also missing key defenders

  • jod – I think Mourinho made this point about Southgate in his press conference today, when he was asked about Kane featuring against Denmark: on the back of a defeat (against Belgium), you want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, even if the game is a dead rubber.

    There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from squad morale to job protection for Southgate (his win-loss record will ultimately decide whether he keeps his job or not).

    We as fans will abviously consider those things differently. I am not defending Soutgate’s decision – just merely explaining why Southgate might choose to play a strong team in a seemingly meaningless game, as winning might be more important to him, and some of the England players, than most Spurs fans might care to admit.

  • How many times was kane kept on the pitch when winning comfortable he could of easily be subbed and rested, happened with poch and jose,

  • Todays team?

    Hugo Lloris
    Aurier Toby Dier Reguilon
    Sissoko Hojbjerg
    Bale Ndombele Son
    Harry Kane

    Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Manchester City!

  • It’s going to be a tough game as always against City, their new centre back pairing of Laporte and Dias looks very solid and I don’t think HK10 will have a lot of joy going directly up against them today so expect to see him dropping a bit deeper as he has been allowing Sonny and Bale (?) to overlap.

    My big concern is how our defence is going to cope with Jesus (who always seems to play well against us) and more worryingly Torres who has been in terrific form when played and of course scored a hat-trick for Spain during the break.

  • In yesterday’s press conference, Jose talked about this corresponding fixture last season, earlier this year, pre pandemic. So I thought I’d take a look at the stats and line-up etc., on the day.

    It confirmed what I remembered about them having a far superior possession percentage and many more attempts on goal than Spurs. 67% possession and 19 shots to our measly 3. But all of our shots were on target to their 6.

    We won 2-0 of course. Our 2 goals were scored shortly after they had their LB Zinchenko sent-off. Bergwijn and Son the scorers.

    City had pretty much a full strength line-up but Spurs were somewhat hobbled together.

    This was our line-up:

    Hugo
    Aurier Toby Sanchez Tanganga
    Lo Celso Winks
    Son Dele Bergwijn
    Lucas

    So we should look a lot different today… Hopefully the outcome is the same…

    Up The Spurs!

  • Worst case scenario would see us 6th in the table after the weekend fixtures, best case scenario would see us top if we beat City and Liverpool beat or draw with Leicester. The latter would suit me nicely sir.

  • Looking at some of the moving pictures on this page… Are we playing City in blue today, or an Ann Summers eleven, in red?!

    Ooh La La!

    Up the Santas!

  • Sorry for my tardyness Danny thanks for the thread m8.
    HT
    These were my thoughts exactly re facing City. We were very much a cobbled together side just trying to get some points.
    So on paper we should be stronger.
    However I can’t remember City’s team that day.
    And we’re they suffering from a post Kompany hangover+they had a man sent (not sure when)
    They are a bit more solid /settled at the back.
    However from recent premiership results, they’re not exactly battering teams.
    Looking forward to it.
    Don’t do predicted scores as we always lose when I do.
    So hoping HT’s earlier wish comes true.

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