Our first ever match preview here on our blog site and what a game it is. With the title race finishing as just a formality and two of the bottom three relegated weeks before the season finale, it is the biggest game of the Premier League Season as we take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The race for Champions League qualification for years has been something most pundits could predict easily with teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool normally in the frame for those top four positions. However, over the last few seasons the race for that illustrious competition has been something of a tricky prediction with Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton entering the frame for those positions and Liverpool taking a considerable decline from the days of Rafa Benitez. Admittedly, both Manchester City and Chelsea practically bought those places however have cemented those positions over numerous years as much to the disappointment of many bitter Premier League fans.
However, over the last few years, a new club has risen from Martin Jol’s Tottenham and their Uefa Cup ashes to give those teams a run for their money. This game fundamentally solves this year’s top-four dilemma with a Tottenham win putting them in good stead for the placement and a Chelsea win almost cutting out every chance of Spurs success.
Ahead of the game, many pundits and players have cut Tottenham out of contention. A rather cocky Arsenal goalkeeper claimed this week: “Tottenham don’t have enough class for to qualify for the Champions League,” as well as many pundits predicting a home win. However, our magnificent Andre knows his way around the press room and simply said: “I am relaxed, that is it.” With a confident manager full of positivity and quite frankly – knows how to make Wojciech Szeczsny look a fool – replied to his claims by saying: “Coming from an Arsenal player who is probably only passing by to another club, he is entitled to his opinion.” Well if that doesn’t say it all, then what does Andre?
My personal opinion? I can’t be certain. Of course it’s going to be a difficult game – quite possibly our toughest of the season, but we must be positive. I cannot stress this anymore Yid community. With a game of such importance and prizes, you can only think back to our Champions League decider against Manchester City in 2010, a game that was so very daunting also. With a dicey win against Southampton on Saturday, the boys will be in good spirits but with a few key players missing, it could be a tough ask.
As you may know, Mousa Dembele came off after 35 minutes against Southampton and the week before hand came off after 41 minutes. Mousa has been hugely influential this season and has provided Spurs with a suitable replacement for the departed Luka Modric. In my opinion, he is the best player in the league in one-on-one situations and is very talented in skipping round players, as well as providing defensive abilities too. Mousa is a doubt for the game after this recurring injury however an intensive treatment from the Spurs medical staff may force him back into the side with an anxious Lewis Holtby eager to step in if he does miss the Chelsea fixture.
Spurs’ regular back-four all look to be fit as well as Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale set to keep their wide roles for the fixture. After a disappointing recurring position in the side for Clint Dempsey, I would opt for a striking partnership between Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor on Wednesday, providing a much needed extra force in an important away fixture.
For Chelsea, they should have their midfielder Eden Hazard (whom featured in the PFA Team of the Year) back after he missed their weekend trip to Manchester United with a calf problem with Victor Moses stepping aside and John Terry continuing his role on the bench as David Luiz and Gary Cahill continue their impressive partnership as well as the influential figure of Juan Mata whom has spoken very well of Tottenham and AVB this week.
Our predicted line-up for the Chelsea game is:
Our predicted score line is:
Chelsea 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur.
(Mata & Ba) (Bale, Defoe x2)
So. To conclude. This is our biggest game of the season. We need a win. It will be tough, BUT! We are the mighty Tottenham Hotspur and we must back the boys.
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