Feels like we never went away! That’s right. Tottenham are back after a brief three day stint from Europa League duties in which we head back out into European territories (well, Wales) to face last year’s Championship winners Cardiff City.
We travel to the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face former Spurs players Steven Caulker and Fraizer Campbell in a tie which should have top billing this weekend if it wasn’t for the spectacle of the day in Manchester. Tottenham won all six of their Premier League games against newly promoted sides last year.
Tottenham enter the fixture on the back of another Premier League win against Norwich whereas the Dragons come off the back of a weak 1-1 draw with fellow promoted side Hull City. Cardiff have only mustered up 5 points from their opening 4 fixtures however 3 of which were won against former Champions Manchester City in the South of Wales during an impressive display from former Spurs striker Fraizer Campbell who scored two on the day.
This is the first meeting between the clubs in the league since the 1977-78 season when they met in the old Division Two. They haven’t met in the top flight since the 1961-62 campaign when Tottenham were the defending champions. They drew 1-1 at Ninian Park and Spurs won 3-2 at White Hart Lane. The last meeting was in the FA Cup third round in 2007. Tottenham drew 0-0 in Cardiff before winning the replay 4-0 thanks to goals from Aaron Lennon, Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov and Steed Malbranque at White Hart Lane under Martin Jol.
Injury wise, Tottenham took a blow in midweek as Andre Villas-Boas is expected to be without full-back Danny Rose, who picked up an ankle injury during their Europa League encounter, while Mousa Dembele should be involved after AVB revealed the full extent of his injury was a brief bit of pain. AVB also confirmed it’s possible that Vlad Chiriches could make his debut at Cardiff. For the hosts, Goalkeeper David Marshall could return to the fold following a hip injury, which kept him out of the Welsh side’s 1-1 draw with Hull City last weekend.
Recent League form:
Cardiff City: LWDD
Tottenham Hotspur: WWLW
Potential MOTM: I can only see one man that’s going to perform yet again and that is Christian Eriksen. He was so good on his debut vs. Norwich and picked up an assist as well as making an instant impact against Tromso with a stunning goal. I expect him to deliver yet again.
Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Paulinho, Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Defoe, Soldado. (4-1-3-2)
Predicted Score: Cardiff City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Townsend, Soldado)
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