Date: 7th November 2019 at 8:15pm
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With another morale boosting victory over Red Star Belgrade in the midweek Champions League clash, Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to build on that victory and begin to address our Premier League form on Saturday as we welcome newly promoted Sheffield United to White Hart Lane.

The Blades have been missing from the top flight for a few years, so it’s a chance to renew an old acquaintance and I would imagine plenty in the fanbase would applaud manager Chris Wilder for his achievements at Bramall Lane and their approach to playing the game.

In reality and without any disrespect meant, this is another game fans would expect Mauricio Pochettino to take all three points from when it came to paper – but given relative form, they are three points ahead of us in the table and nothing is guaranteed if we don’t perform and that has been a harsh lesson already this year.

Spurs v Sheffield United - Win, Lose Or Draw?







Squad selection is anyone’s guess, especially with niggly injuries hitting a few again – but at least we have Sonny back for this one.

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  • Expecting nothing less than a win here, with HK10 back and Sonny also we’ll surely have to much for them. Not to mention the likes of Lo Celso, N’Dombele and hopefully Dele pulling the strings also. Fearsome bench in terms of attack aswell with Moura, Sess (assuming he carries on from Wednesday night as is to be used as a LWF similar to Sonny) and even Eriksen possibly sat there. My concerns though lie elsewhere namely defence as stated on the Red Star match thread – will be interested to see who gets the nod in there not to mention the general line-up.



    Foyth Toby Davy Davies

    Sissoko N’Dombele

    Lo Celso Dele Son


    Bench: Austin, Dier, Rose, Winks, Sess, Moura, Eriksen.

    I’ve put in Davy because Verts is injured otherwise would be the Belgian pair for me especially with us having Foyth and Davies potentially at full-back who should be better than Aurier and Rose (safer pair, no rash clumsy tackles as the usual suspects tend to put in) and with Sissoko and N’Dombele finally together and hopefully running the central midfield area that would offer the Belgian pair and central defence in general much better protection so hopefully another clean sheet.

    Hope Lo Celso and N’Dombele are fit enough to start – we need them.

  • P.S. Left Lamela out because I think he’ll still be injured, as for Skipp I gave his position on the bench to Eriksen because he did score on Wednesday and anyway think Poch will still trust him until the very day that he leaves so the minimum will be a place on the bench but won’t be surprised to see Eriksen start and Lo Celso on the bench, that said could be the same with Moura for Dele for once. FULLY expect Sonny and HK10 to start though and produce goals be it scoring them themselves or assisting – basically what they do every time they play – world class and we need to build a team around these 2 for sure and ASAP before we lose the pair of them!

  • Actually I can see playing:


    Aurier, Toby, Davy, Davies

    Sissoko Winks

    Moura Eriksen Son


    Full-backs replaced and Toby back in after a rest, Winks and Eriksen for N’Dombele and Lo Celso who are rested and Moura possibly for Dele seeing as Dele has played quite a bit lately and maybe rested aswell.

  • EJ …. I agree with you that the key to this game is at the back. The defence needs to maintain its shape and keep focused. Going forward is not a problem. It promises to be a good match.

    Spurs 3 – 0 Blades!

  • Completely agree Geof, it’s all about the defence for us and keeping a clean sheet, do that and we’ll win practically every match especially with Sonny and HK10 up front – they really are different class! We used to have Toby and Verts at the back of whom it could almost be said the same – different class and match winners in their own right – still hoping for more from the Belgian pair as 30 and 32 is relatively young in this day and age if they look after themselves properly – as I’ve clearly stated I still see them as vital to our plans especially this season.

  • Just read the following which backs up what Stan R and myself were saying on the Red Star thread:

    “I hope Mauricio Pochettino is not expecting to rely too much on the back four he picked for Tottenham last night.

    “They don’t convince me at all, and will surely concede plenty of goals if they are a given a run in the starting line-up. They have no chance of being in a team that will challenge for honours.

    “Tottenham don’t really have a decent right back in the squad, Juan Foyth got the nod last night, after the summer departure of Kieran Trippier, but I would play Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in central defence and would select Ben Davies ahead of Danny Rose at left back.”

    Alderweireld and Vertonghen were rested for the Champions League match with Red Star ahead of their league clash with Sheffield United at the weekend.

    Pretty much sums up what I wrote about on the Red Star thread and above earlier.

  • He actually picks Winks ahead of Rice for the England side with Henderson and Ox – I can agree with the Liverpool pair but no way does Winksy get in ahead of Rice not in a million years IMHO!

    • To be fair EJ Winks had a very good game for England last time out, Southgate seems to encourage him to look for forward passes and moves much moreso than Poch.

  • After the win against Red Star, the squad should be more confident. Eric Dier saying he has recovered from Appendix and subsequent illness, with his improvement in playing wednesday night, adds to the defensive tactical shape. So poch did a good job in getting the squad up for the win where red star beat Liverpool last year and have a very good record in goals conceded, is moving in the right direction.

    So we will see how much poch will keep the same wining team selection v Sheffied Utd. I think he will adjust the defence a bit, and keep the rest of them to start. Spurs 1-0 win. 1st half and 2-0 second half… Hi Geof 🙂

  • El Jefe – Comparing Winks and Rice is like comparing apples and pears, two completely different players. If you wanted to compare Rice to a Spurs player it would be Dier.

  • One things for sure, EJ. Rice is not ahead of Winks, at Spurs…

    I don’t really follow WHU that closely at all so, I can only judge Rice on his recent England appearances. And even when I can forget my Spurs bias for a minute, I believe firmly that Harry is definitely the one for me. I think he is a lot more positive in turning defence into attack and is more composed and quicker to pass. Defensively more assured and stronger in the tackle.

    I wouldn’t say they are miles apart from what little I have seen of Rice but, along with Bent, many other pundits (including Gary Neville), many England supporters and of course plenty of Spurs fans, I believe that Harry is the way to go.

    I would like to see him in the team tomorrow and to prove my points to both Spurs and England supporters, alike.

    Though I think Southgate will know better than I do what he wants for his England team. (As with MP at THFC). But competition between those two has to be a good thing for the England boss as well as the team and the two players themselves.

    As for the Spurs defence? I think that the sooner we can adapt to life without Jan or Toby or both, the better. It’s not that they have become poor defenders all of a sudden but I think they are losing the pace and stamina that a player needs to compete regularly and consistently in the PL and other competitions. They are obviously not as up to it as they have been.

    I think that Poch will keep alternating between the two of them knowing this, as well as knowing they are probably not to be Spurs players for much longer anyway…

    Some will say that Foyth, Sanchez and even Dier are liabilities as defenders… Well they are all young and healthy enough to improve on whatever weaknesses the are perceived as having. This is certainly not true of Toby and Jan. And what have been their strengths as a CD pairing over the years for club and country, looks to be fading fast, before our eyes. And they will in turn become the greater liability. If not already. But, use them sparingly as MP has started to do and we should be alright, I think. I hope.

  • And, I agree with jod anyway. They (Declan and Winks) are different players in their abilities and playing styles…

    Recently on here Winks has been criticised for not being as good as Ndombele and now, Lo Celso. They are not even playing the same role as Winks and have much different parts to play at Spurs. I have also seen that Winks is now being seen as the lesser player between himself and Sissoko in the same role. Again, they are far too different in style and play (and age) to fairly compare. But as I said below, it is good to have the options for MP to utilise either or both in a starting line-up.

    I don’t know, someone also had a dig at Winks for not being good enough as an Eriksen replacement! No, and Dier is no Harry Kane!

    Over to you Harry Winks!

  • Sorry all, none of that relates very much to this PL match.

    I’ve not much to say on this right now apart from making yet another optimistic score prediction…

    Tottenham “Spurs” 4-0 Sheffield “Blades”!

  • While I was delighted at our win on Wednesday on reflection I feel that we were rather fortunate not to be at least one goal down before we scored. Apart from Palace R Star are the only team we have beaten convincingly this season ?

    Since Red Star found it relatively easy to go through the middle of our defence I was surprised they didn’t capitalise on this but as their passing / control/ game plan was poor it allowed us to get fully in the game.

    I think any opposing team seeing our defence on Wednesday will be thinking there are goals in this for us.

    Not sure what the best defence combination is but we are paying the price for not investing and allowing contracts to run down 11

    I think Sheff U will identify this and feel that our perceived improvement on Wednesday will be fleeting.

    After all we are all expecting another park the bus game from them with possible long balls through the middle ?

    I hope we get something from the game and wait to be pleasantly surprised .

  • HT …. Winks is no Jimmy Greaves either. In fact, when you consider all the players he’s not and then take them away, the last man standing is …. Harry Winks. So the resulting premise is that Harry Winks is Harry Winks. (I have no idea what this comment is!)

  • We musn’t underestimate the blades, they are unbeaten away from home this season.

    I was listening to a discussion about their formations and tactics the other day, they do appear to do things differently to everyone else, they somehow setup to allow their centre backs to make penetrating runs deep into the opposition half without compromising their defence and this seems to unsettle their opponents. Neil Warnock was one of the contributors to the piece and he remarked that he and others have been unable to work out how their system/formation works but it has been very successful for them in the PL.

    Let’s hope that they don’t cause too much confusion for our players but it may well be that HK10 and Sonny keep their CB’s too busy to get upfield as much as they are used to doing!

  • Someone has just asked me “What are you laughing at?” I said; “Geof!” They walked away, looking most confused…

  • TQ2, I have to say that I very rarely will underestimate another PL team. Especially one that sits above us in the table. Which is a good reason why I don’t generally lose my nut when Spurs happen to lose a match to one of them.

    However, lose this one and i’ll be pretty upset…

  • TQ …. Do you (along with Neil Warnock) really think the tactical set-up of the Blades could confuse us? ‘Confusion’ is what our game is based on at the moment so there should be no problem dealing with the Blades. We thrive on confusion! Maybe.

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