Friday, 23 October 2015

Are Tottenham too strong for the Cherries?

What do I think of Tottenham when I think of their team? Harry Kane and  Dele Alli spring to mind, but it's not a team that shouts watch out to me, so I'll be very interested to see what quality they have and how they set up against the Cherries away from home. Does Mauricio Pochettino have a side though that are capable of challenging for the top four and handing out big punishments to the lower sides in the league?

No doubt we will see on Sunday. Tottenham's away form has been solid if not spectacular. Their form has been good enough for Pochettino to pick up September's manager of the month award as they have only lost one game. Then again, they have only beaten Sunderland away from home and that was just a 0-1 victory, so they have found it difficult on the road, although their other away games were at Old Trafford and the King Power stadium - teams that are both going well - and a draw at the Liberty stadium, which is never an easy game.

Spurs are not a one or two man team. They have Andros Townsend on the wing and at the back they have Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who signed from Athletico Madrid in the summer, with the exciting Danny Rose at left back and England international Carl Walker at right back. In midfield it is Erik Lamella, the No11 who has been scoring the goals this season, and Christian Eriksen is Harry Kane's usual partner when Pochettino plays with two up top.

New summer signings have also included midfielder Son Heung-Min from Bayer Leverkusen for £22m (injured), Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer from Cologne and Kieran Trippier from Burnley.

Spurs Away Form

AFCB Home Form

Spurs team last time out in the Premier League

Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose
Dembélé, Alli, Lamela, Chadli
Eriksen, Kane

Chadli was injured and will be out for six weeks. Also said to be injured are Bentalab, Son, Mason and Pritchard while Eric Dier is available after serving his one match suspention.

My predicted AFCB side
Boruc, Francis, Cook, Distin, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, Gosling, Pugh, King, Murray

Federici, Bennett, Cargill, Smith, Surman, Kermorgant, Rantie 

Arter could be back for this game or Liverpool in midweek. I'm not confident about Boruc, but I believe he'll be given every opportunity to play.

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