Spurs 4-1 Southampton: (match report)

Spurs 4-1 Southampton: (match report)

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It was a match to savour for us Spurs fans, as Mauricio Pochettino’s resilient Spurs side came back from a goal down to thrash Southampton 4-1 at St Mary’s, on Wednesday night. The game had everything, excitement, goals and most importantly the lads first win on the road in 8 matches, as the Lillywhites closed the gap on fourth placed Arsenal to one point. It was a lively game throughout and it didn’t take long until the deadlock was broken, with Spurs disastrously falling behind to the home side two minutes into the first half. After Wanyama committed a foul deep in Spurs’s half, James Ward-Prowse found Van Dijk with a good cross, and the tall Dutch centre back capitalised on some poor defending to power the ball past the helpless
Lloris and into the back of the net. Southampton started the first ten minutes the much better side, their high pressing style of play caused the lads much trouble. On 16 minutes the saints almost doubled their advantage, after Nathan Redmond drove a powerful low shot towards the bottom left, with his shot darting wide of the left post. However, Spurs drew level just three minutes later through Dele Alli. Alli got on the end of Sissoko’s deflected cross, to put Spurs level with a great header. Alli’s header dipped into the top right hand corner of the net, Forster had no chance.

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We really began to find our rhythm in the minutes that followed Alli’s equaliser and the lads were in control of the game seeming the most likely to score the next goal and that goal almost came in the 43rd minute, after a skilful Wanyama jinked past Van Dijk in the penalty area. The Kenyan midfielder went to shoot at goal from close range but the experienced Jose Fonte was there to make a last ditch challenge. We started the second half with great attacking intent, and Pochettino’s team were rewarded when on 52 minutes Harry Kane sent the travelling Spurs fans roaring with delight, as Kane made it 2-1 to Spurs netting his ninth goal of the season. The goal came about after Eriksen whipped the ball into the box from the resulting corner and Kane took advantage of the sluggish Southampton defence, to head the ball emphatically into the back of the net. Just four minutes later the game got even better for Spurs as they were awarded a penalty after Nathan Redmond brought Alli down inside the area and the Southampton forward was shown a straight red card from Mike Dean. Kane stepped up only to blast the ball over the cross bar, but Kane’s miss was in fact down to the pitch itself, just as he was about to hit the ball it bobbled up leaving Kane helpless in his effort. It was all Spurs in the resulting minutes as the lads showed their superiority over ten men Southampton, on 71 minutes Eriksen came desperately close to wrapping the game up for Spurs. Eriksen’s well struck effort on the edge of the penalty area thumping the cross bar.

Spurs needed that third goal and it never seemed in doubt, with the newly introduced Son getting on the score sheet in the 85th minute. After Eriksen’s deflected pass found Son on the left wing, the South Korea International surged forward before rifling a low shot which with wonderful precision nestled into the bottom right of the net. Two minutes later Spurs capped off an excellent display with a fourth after Dele Alli got his second of the game. After some superb work from Rose, the left back played through Alli on the left side of the box as he calmly side footed the ball into the back of the net with a fine finish. The final score, Spurs 4-1 Southampton. COYS

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Southampton (4-3-3): Forster, Soares, Fonte (c), Van Dijk, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Davis (Hojbjerg 72); Redmond, Boufal (Tadic 72), Rodriguez (Long 72). Substitutes (not used): Taylor, Martina, Reed, Yoshida.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele (Winks 82); Sissoko (Son 74), Eriksen, Dele; Kane (Janssen 89). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Wimmer, Davies, Nkoudou.
Goals: Southampton – Van Dijk 2; Spurs – Dele 19, 87, Kane 52, Son 85.
Yellow cards: Southampton – Long 90; Spurs – Dembele 15, Walker 55, Rose 60, Vertonghen 90.

Red card: Southampton – Redmond 52.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 31,853.

It was a wonderful performance from Spurs on the south coast, we played some beautiful football and we got those important three points putting us on a high ahead of Sunday’s visit of Watford. Dele Alli stole the show with his excellent performance scoring two goals on the night, Eriksen also had a big influence on the game assisting two goals, whilst Moussa Sissoko put in a superb shift on the right wing. Left back Danny Rose was outstanding on Wednesday night, both defensively and offensively. Rose assisted Alli’s second goal, whilst the England international won 100% of his tackles and aerial duels.

My man of the match: Dele Alli, I predicted in my preview that Alli could be the difference against the Saints, and the 20 year old exceeded expectations scoring two important goals. Dele played exceptionally well and demonstrated yet again his enormous potential and sheer class for a man of only 20 years of age.

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Spurs v Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs v Southampton: (match preview)

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Venue: St Mary’s
Date: Wednesday 28th December, kick off 19:45pm
Live: Sky Sports 1
Referee: Mike Dean
Head2Heads: 2-1 Southampton, 2-0 Spurs, 2-2, 1-0 Spurs, 3-2 Spurs

Its been ten days since Spurs last played a match, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side enjoying a mini winter break. However, the Lillywhites return to action tonight with a tough match against Southampton at St. Mary’s as Pochettino returns to his old club along with summer acquisition Victor Wanyama. Claude Puel’s side have had a mixed start to the season, with their lack of goals being made up for by there mean defence, with the centre back pairing of Jose Fonte and Virgil Van Dijk being immense. The saints have lost only once at home this season with only one side (Chelsea) managing to score more than one goal against them at St. Mary’s . Our manager Mauricio Pochettino will know more than anyone how tough tonight’s match will be, Pochettino managed the saints for over a season and a half before joining Spurs and will be familiar with numerous players. We’ve got three tough matches coming up over the festive period and we really need to get a win tonight, we’ve been very poor on the road recently, but I’m hopeful our long rest will boost us going into tonight’s game. Jay Rodriguez, Dusan Tadic and Sofiane Boufal will provide Southampton’s biggest goal threat with top scorer Charlie Austin ruled out through injury. I feel as if we’ll need that extra bit of creative spark tonight, and I’ve a feeling it might be Dele that provides it. COYS

Team news: Just the one absentee, as Erik Lamela misses out again with a hip injury, but the Argentine international should be fit for our visit of Watford on New Year’s Day.

My team prediction: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Eriksen, Walker, Rose, Dembele, Alli, Kane.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Dele x2 and Kane.

One to watch: Southampton’s tricky attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, the Morocco international was linked with a move to us in the summer, and the former Lille man has made an impressive start to life on the south coast.

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Spurs v Burnley: (match preview)

Spurs v Burnley: (match preview)

Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Sunday 17th December
Live: Not being broadcasted live in the U.K. check Spurs’s official twitter account for live updates.
Referee: Kevin Friend
Head2Heads: 0-0, 4-2 Spurs, 0-0, 1-1, 2-1 Spurs, 4-2 Burnley.

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After a comprehensive victory over Hull in midweek, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side will be looking to make it two wins in two when they face Burnley at the Lane on Sunday. The lads face a Burnley side that have picked up only one point on the road, scoring just the one goal on their travels this season. However, Sean Dyche’s side will certainly be no pushovers on Sunday, Dyche has the clarets very well structured and they have already put in some highly impressive performances this season, including a 2-0 victory over Liverpool back in September. The Lancashire club sit in 13th place in the league and I am a great admirer of Dyche’s side and I strongly believe that they will stay up this season. Burnley have a tenacious defence with former Man united defender Michael Keane at the heart of it, in addition the clarets also have the superb Tom Heaton in nets, Heaton has been in outstanding form this season, making some outstanding saves. Burnley’s main goal threat will come from pacey forward Andre Gray.

I am hoping that Pochettino starts with the same (3-4-2-1) formation that he used on Wednesday as I believe this formation would be equally as effective against Burnley on Sunday. With Rose and Walker likely to cause the visitors problems if they are played higher up the field, with both having the pace to beat fullbacks Stehen Ward and Matthew Lowton. It is important that we stamp our authority on the game from the offing tomorrow, with Burnley likely to be looking for a point, but with an early goal or two we could easily put the game to bed. However, I am expecting a very tough match tomorrow with few goals in it. COYS

 

Team news: Erik Lamela is out whilst both Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen are doubts for Sundays match.

 

My predicted line up: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Eriksen, Walker, Rose, Son, Alli, Kane,

My predicted score: 2-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Eriksen and Kane.

Welcome back: Former Spurs players, Paul Robinson and Dean Marney.

One to watch: Burnley’s creative central midfielder, Jeff Hendrick. The Republic of Ireland international has a terrific shot at his disposal.

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Spurs 3-0 Hull City: (match report)

Spurs 3-0 Hull City: (match report)

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The trialling of a new formation for Spurs done Mauricio Pochettino’s side no harm at all last night as his side eased past Hull City, to record a comprehensive 3-0 victory at the Lane. It was a game in which the Lilywhites dominated from the offing, starting well from early on and the lads attacking intent was rewarded on 14 minutes as we took the lead through Christian Eriksen. Pochettino’s decision to play our fullbacks higher up seemed to be working as Danny Rose surged forward down the left wing and into the area after receiving a pass from Vertonghen. Rose cut inside the area before laying the ball off to Christian Eriksen, who emphatically lashed the ball home into the roof of the net from 15 yards out, to put Spurs one up. We continued to control the game in the following minutes but Mike Phelan’s side knew they had to go forward if they were to salvage anything from the game, the Tigers tried their luck on a few occasions, coming closest to levelling in the 33rd minute. Former Spurs player Jake Livermore forced Hugo Lloris to produce a fine save as Livermore hit a low effort on target from close range, which Lloris tipped behind with a smart save from down low.

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However, just three minutes later Spurs almost doubled their advantage at the other end after Dele Alli was found with a wonderfully timed ball by Eric Dier. Dele controlled the ball well on his chest before bringing it down and weaving inside, Dele then fired a low effort at goal which Marshall denied with a decent save. Spurs were slow and uninspiring at the beginning of the second half with the Lillywhites lacking the energy to go forward and get a second. Spurs fans were left with their hearts in their mouths on the hour mark after Hull went on a dangerous counter attack, following a moment of controversy at the other end, where Eriksen was brought down by Robertson but the referee saw nothing in it, much to the annoyance of the Spurs crowd. From the edge of Spurs’ penalty area Hull went forward through Diomande who slipped the ball through to Livermore whose first shot was blocked, before the midfielder fired the rebound at goal. Hugo Lloris was forced in to making a fine save with his leg.

Spurs knew that they were in need of a second goal and that second goal came just three minutes after Hull’s chance, when Christian Eriksen got his second of the game to double Spurs’ advantage. Walker whipped in a low cross from the right which flew past the goalkeeper and the defenders, with Eriksen in the right position to tap the ball home. Eriksen still in search of his first club hat trick of his career, turned provider ten minutes later as the Dane forced an excellent save out of David Marshall, with a curling free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Eriksen’s excellent effort was acrobatically tipped on to the post by Marshall, with the ball rebounding into the path of Victor Wanyama who hit the ball into the back of the net with his second goal of the season to cap off a fine night at the Lane, the final score Spurs 3-0 Hull City.

Last night’s performance showed just how good our team really is, Pochettino’s side played very well despite only playing in second gear and it was an excellent team performance with some wonderful individual displays. None more so than Christian Eriksen, Eriksen was superb last night his movement, vision and creativity were first rate as to was his shooting in front of goal. Eriksen has really begun to flourish over the past few matches; he has now scored five goals in his last four games. Both wingbacks were excellent last night; two of the three goals were created by both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker. They were defensively impeccable last night, but it was their offensive performance which I was so impressed with. I think that they’ve been our best players this season and without doubt our two most consistent.

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My Motm: Christian Eriksen, this wasn’t a hard decision to make as the Denmark interational was superb yet again last night, scoring two and assisting once, Eriksen is in excellent form scoring five goals in his last four games.

Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris (c); Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Eriksen, Rose; Dele (Winks 62), Sissoko (Onomah 85); Kane (Son 74). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Nkoudou.

Hull (5-3-2): Marshall; Elmohamady, Maguire, Dawson (c), Davies, Robertson; Huddlestone, Livermore (Meyler 74), Clucas (Mason 66); Snodgrass (Bowen 84), Diomande. Substitutes (not used): Jakupovic, Maloney, Weir, Henriksen.

Goals: Spurs – Eriksen 14, 63, Wanyama 73.

Yellow cards: Hull – Maguire, Davies.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Attendance: 31,347.

Spurs v Hull City: (match preview)

Spurs v Hull City: (match preview)

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Venue: White Hart Lane

Date: Wednesday 14th December 20:00pm

Live: Not being broadcasted live in the UK, check Spurs’ official Twitter account for live updates.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Head2Heads: 2-0 Spurs, 2-1 Spurs, 1-1, 3-2 spurs (After penalties), 1-0 Spurs.

 

Tonight Spurs face Premier league strugglers Hull City at the lane in a game in which Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side will be looking for only one thing, three points. Today Pochettino spoke about Spurs’s chances of winning the league, with the Argentine adamant that Spurs are still in the title race despite the fact that they are 10 points off league leaders Chelsea. My personal belief is that If we are to challenge for the league title for a second consecutive season than we have got to pick up all three points against Hull and Burnley in our next two matches, if we can build up some momentum over the Christmas period, then I see no reason why we couldn’t go on another sensational run of form in to the new year. Tonights match will as always be a tough test, with Mike Phelan’s side in a relegation battle, the Tigers will likely fight tooth and nail for a point at the lane. Our defence must be cautious tonight with players like Robert Snodgrass, Abel Hernandez and Adama Diomande likely to cause problems up front.

 

I am confident that tonight will be an enjoyable night at the Lane for us Spurs fans, I believe we may see Pochettino  rotate a couple of players with Sissoko and Winks possibly coming into the team, but nonetheless we have the quality and tenacity to put the game to bed with a couple of early goals and hopefully the lane will be rocking. COYS

 

 

 

Team news: Mousa Dembele is the only fresh injury concern; the midfielder picked up a foot injury at Old Trafford on Sunday and will miss this evening’s match. Meanwhile, both Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen remain side lined through injury.

 

My predicted starting line-up: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Kane.

 

My score prediction: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Kane x2, Son and Alderweireld

 

One to watch: Our former captain, Hull city’s central defender and captain Michael Dawson.

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Five things we learnt from Sundays defeat to Manchester United:

Five things we learnt from Sundays defeat to Manchester United:

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“It was a close game, they were more clinical than us in the boxes and it’s for that reason we lost the game. It’s always the case in football and when you play a team like Manchester United, it’s always important to be clinical when you have the opportunities to score. It was a very competitive game, a game where we’re disappointed with the result but not the performance.”

-Mauricio Pochettino

Sunday was a disappointing day for us Spurs fans with the Lillywhites losing by one goal to nil against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester united at Old Trafford. Pochettino’s men were by no means disappointing but they simply weren’t good enough against an incredibly well structured Man United side. Mkhitaryan‘s superb finish gave Man united all three points, but it was a game where the Spurs players will feel that they should have picked up a point. The lads were lacking in creativity and failed to produce any real clear cut chances, but there’s no time to ponder for Pochettino and co, as this week the Lillywhites have two must win home matches at the lane, against both Hull and Burnley respectively.

  • 1) The creativity just wasn’t there: Man united may not have dominated Sundays match, but Mourinho’s side were far more creative than us. Our attackers produced little to trouble a tenacious Man United defence, with Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones making Kane almost anonymous up front with such tight defending. In addition the likes of Eriksen and Alli were not on their game on Sunday and failed to produce anything of note, the team as a whole lacked the energy and spark that they had demonstrated on occasions this season.
  • 2) Pochettino’s side are missing Erik Lamela big time: Erik Lamela has been out injured for almost two months with a hip injury, with the Argentina internationals last appearance coming against Liverpool in late October. Lamela is the creative spark that we have dearly missed in recent games; Lamela’s decisive runs and superb vision is a wonderful asset to the team. I reckon Lamela would have had a big impact on Sundays match had he been available; the Argentine is in my opinion one of our most influential players. Lamela could return in time for our league match against Southampton on the 28th of December.
  • 3) An encouraging performance from Moussa Sissoko: He may not have had the best of starts at Spurs since transferring to White Hart Lane for a club record fee in the summer, but Moussa Sissoko really impressed me on Sunday following his second half introduction. Sissoko looked like the player he was at the Euros for France, the Frenchman terrorised United defender Darmian down the right wing, beating him for pace on numerous occasions. Sissoko was without a doubt our best player in the second half and I have belief that Sunday’s performance will be a turning point in his Spurs career. Hopefully Sissoko will start on Wednesday against Hull; it’s easy to forget the winger didn’t have a pre-season in the summer following his late transfer from Newcastle.

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  • 4) Is it time for Pochettino to spend in the January transfer window?

Many pundits and fans alike have voiced their concern on the depth of Spurs’s squad, and I personally believe that it would be hugely beneficial to the team if we were to bring in another attacking player. However, there are few players available around January but if Pochettino and his scouting team were able to identify a suitable and affordable player that would bolster our side then it would be a huge bonus.

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  • 5) Is it time to promote Kyle Walker-Peters and Shayon Harrison to the first team?

Both Kyle Walker-Peters and Shayon Harrison are well known academy prospects that have been on the fringes of Pochettino’s squad for some time, but with a lack of depth in our team wouldn’t now be a good time to give them some first team exposure. Walker-Peters has been exceptional for our under 23’s this season putting in some wonderful shifts at both right back and right wing, and I thoroughly believe the England under 20 international is ready to make the step up. With his searing pace and wonderful dribbling ability, Walker-Peters could bring a lot to Pochettino’s side. Shayon Harrison has already made his senior debut for Spurs, coming on late in the second half against Liverpool in the league cup earlier on this season. With Janssen set to miss the next couple of games through injury, it would be nice to see Harrison named on the bench and if so I believe he could help us out up front, Harrison has scored six goals in the PL2 this season.

Five facts about our Europa League round of 32 opponents Gent:

Five facts about our Europa League round of 32 opponents Gent:

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Yesterday the draw took place for the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League, having dropped out of the UEFA Champions League Mauricio Pochettino’s seeded Spurs side were drawn against unseeded Belgian side K.A.A Gent. Spurs will play the east Flanders club over two legs on the 16th and 23rd of February 2017, it will be an intriguing tie for spurs fans, with many hoping for a memorable run in Europe’s second biggest club competition. It will be a wonderful experience for those Spurs fans lucky enough to go to Ghent to watch the match, with the scenic port city rich in both History and culture. Mauricio Pochettino will undoubtedly not underestimate Gent, with Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s talented side progressing to the last 16 of last year’s UEFA Champions League. I look forward to the two matches against the Belgian side and I am confident that we have the quality to defeat them. COYS

Facts:

  • Gent’s nickname is De Buffalo’s, the club coined the term following a visit from the original Buffalo Bill and his Wild West circus to the city in the early 20th century.
  • Gent won the Belgium Jupiler league for the only time, in the 2014-15 season
  • De Buffalo’s impressed in the UEFA Champions league last year, with the Belgian club making the last 16.
  • Gent plays their home matches at the Ghelamco Arena.
  • Former Spurs player Mido is the only player to have played for both clubs.

Spurs v Manchester United: (match preview)

Spurs v Manchester United: (match preview)

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Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday 11th December 2.15pm
Live: Sky Sports 1
Referee: Robert Madley
Head2Heads: 3-0 Spurs, 1-0 Man United, 3-0 Man united, 0-0, Spurs 2-1.
This afternoons sees Spurs face Manchester United at Old Trafford in what will be an intriguing match for us Spurs fans. Mauricio Pochettino’s side ended their Wembley curse in midweek, beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 in Spurs’s last champions league match of the campaign. A victory in today’s match would see Spurs move up to fourth in the table, but we all know a victory will be hard to come by with Jose Mourinho’s classy side unbeaten in their last ten home matches. I’m hoping the lads can keep the momentum up and a victory today would leave us in a great position ahead of a string of matches in the festive period. COYS

My predicted lineup: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

One to watch: Paul Pogba, Manchester United’s world class central midfielder who was signed by united for a world record transfer fee in the summer of 2016.

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Spurs v CSKA Moscow: Plenty to play for

Spurs v CSKA Moscow: Plenty to play for

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs play their final UEFA champions league match of the season on Wednesday night as they face CSKA Moscow at Wembley stadium, with the Lillywhites looking to secure Europa league football with a third placed finish. After a poor run of form stretching over a period of ten matches, Spurs returned to winning ways with their 5-0 thrashing of Swansea, on Saturday at the lane. Tonights encounter with CSKA Moscow will provide Spurs with the opportunity to get rid of the disappointment of being knocked out of the champions league with a draw tonight, enough to send the Lilywhites into the hat for the round of 32, of Europe’s second biggest club competition, the Europa league. Mauricio Pochettino will be the first one to admit his great disappointment in Spurs’s unexpected failure to progress from their group, one that they were widely fancied to top. The fans and players alike will still be wondering where it all went wrong for Spurs in Europe this season.

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Tonights match at Wembley is a golden opportunity for the lads to win some silverware this season, if we can get in to the Europa league then we will undoubtedly be one of the favourites and our pedigree and European experience will leave us in a really good position. Playing in the Europa league will be a learning curve for Pochettino’s young side, with teams of the calibre of Zenit St Petersburg, Athletic Bilbao, Ajax and Roma just some of the sides that have qualified for the knockout stages. We were never going to win the champions league this season, but in the Europa league we have the chance add some silverware to our cabinet. Come May the 24th I hope that the lads will be in Solna taking part in the final of the Europa league. COYS

Team news: Good news for Mauricio Pochettino, as Toby Alderweireld is back after returning from injury. However, Erik Lamela, Ben Davies and Vincent Janssen will all miss tonight’s match through injury.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Kane.

My predicted score: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Kane x2 and Sissoko.