Tottenham face Cardiff at the Lane in a game that undoubtedly acts as a complete retaliation to the events of last Sunday’s defeat to Norwich. With a thumping comeback win over Dnipro, Tottenham will be looking to continue this rich vein of form against the Welsh. Spurs have beaten Cardiff’s neighbours Swansea twice this season and look to complete a quadruple triumph over the Premier League’s Welsh contingent after a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture already.
Spurs’ 1-0 win against Cardiff in September was the first league meeting of the clubs in 35 years. John Duncan’s brace earned Spurs a 2-1 win against Cardiff the last time White Hart Lane staged this league fixture in January 1978. Paul Went netted Cardiff’s consolation. Cardiff have also twice lost at White Hart Lane in cup competitions since that time, in October 2002 and January 2007.
Tim Sherwood’s side have been beaten twice in their last six home matches – on both occasions they conceded five goals (W3, D1) No top-half side has scored fewer home goals than Tottenham (15). Only Chelsea have won more games (four) from losing positions than Spurs – who are level on three with Manchester United, Aston Villa and Fulham. Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 11 goals in his last 14 appearances in all competitions. In the league, he has scored a goal every 124 minutes for Spurs this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games. Cardiff have lost their last six away matches in the league, and only Crystal Palace have scored fewer than their seven away goals this season. The Bluebirds have failed to score in 15 league games this season, more often than any other team. It is 310 minutes since the last Premier League goal for Cardiff, scored by Kenwyne Jones against Norwich. They have conceded 18 of their 48 goals (38%) in the last 15 minutes of games.
Injury wise, Sherwood still has numerous problems. Lamela (back/thigh), Chiriches (back) & Capoue (ankle) are out, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Danny Rose doubtful.
Cardiff have less problems however. Solskjaer could keep faith with the front duo of Fraizer Campbell and Kenwyne Jones, while Peter Whittingham is in line to make a return in midfield.
Cardiff City: LWLDLL
Predicted team: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Naughton, Sandro, Dembélé, Paulinho, Lennon, Eriksen, Adebayor.
Predicted score: Spurs 2-1 Cardiff