The Premier League is back after a short stint away as Tottenham face Hull City in a week that sees us play the Tigers twice at White Hart Lane. This is the first of our double against Steve Bruce’s side in the league and Capital One Cup which will see the return of Tommy Huddlestone to the Lane with Jake Livermore unable to play with his loan from Spurs preventing his participation in both ties.
Tottenham enjoyed a return to form against Aston Villa last week as they beat Lambert’s men 2-0 at Villa Park with Roberto Soldado claiming his first outfield goal of the campaign and Andros Townsend scoring whilst capping off a marvellous recent spell for the youngster. Hull on the other hand suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Everton at Goodison Park suffering to former Spurs man Steven Pienaar as he scored on his return. Both sides have had good starts to the season with Hull level with Manchester United on points and Tottenham claiming 16 points from their first 8 games.
Hull have only won one once at White Hart Lane winning 1-0 in October 2008. They drew 0-0 on their only other visit to Spurs in the top flight the following season. The sides have only met on 24 previous occasions. Tottenham have won 10 times, Hull six and there have been eight draws between them. All eight of Tottenham’s Premier League goals this season have either been assisted or scored by a summer signing with Spurs having kept the most clean sheets in the top flight this campaign (five), along with Southampton. Tottenham have not won their last two Premier League home games and haven’t gone three home league games without a win since May 2011. Sixteen points equals AVB’s men’s best start to a Premier League season after eight matches. Including this fixture, all of Hull’s away games this season have been against teams in the top 10 of the league going into this weekend’s matches (Chelsea, Man City, Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham). The Tigers have collected just one win from their last 28 Premier League matches away from home (D7, L20).
Hull manager Steve Bruce believes this Tottenham team can win the Premiership labelling it the strongest in his life time. I cannot see us as strong title contenders myself however Bruce’s complements on the current squad I believe are correct with arguably our strongest overall group for some time. After a strong win against debatably stronger opposition last week, I can see Spurs coming out of this with the points however I think Tommy Huddlestone could cause us serious problems. It would be written in the stars if he were to finally claim his long-awaited goal drought at White Hart Lane and I think after his quotes this week, he seems as pumped as ever to finally face his trip to the barbers. After the partnership of Livermore and Huddlestone for Hull, it will be a real shame for them not to carry on that pairing after some solid central displays from the former Tottenham men.
Injury wise, Tottenham will be without Danny Rose, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue, who are all likely to miss out through injury still with Kyle Naughton and Zeki Fryers a definite doubt after their injuries in Moldova on Thursday against Sheriff. The Tigers will be without Jake Livermore, who is unable to play against parent club Spurs while on loan at Hull, while first-choice keeper Allan McGregor and striker Danny Graham are also injured.
Predicted Team: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen; Paulinho, Sandro, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado
Predicted Score: Tottenham 2-0 Hull City.