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Month: February 2009

It’s a good job we only need 4 more wins Harry

It’s a good job we only need 4 more wins Harry

I was having a look at our remaining fixtures last night and if I’m honest, I can only see 5 games we have much chance of winning, those games in bold below.

Wednesday, 04 March 2009
Tottenham v Middlesbrough

Saturday, 07 March 2009
Sunderland v Tottenham

Sunday, 15 March 2009
Aston Villa v Tottenham

Saturday, 21 March 2009
Tottenham v Chelsea

Saturday, 04 April 2009
Blackburn v Tottenham

Saturday, 11 April 2009
Tottenham v West Ham

Saturday, 18 April 2009
Tottenham v Newcastle

Saturday, 25 April 2009
Man Utd v Tottenham

Saturday, 02 May 2009
Tottenham v West Brom

Saturday, 09 May 2009
Everton v Tottenham

Saturday, 16 May 2009
Tottenham v Man City

Sunday, 24 May 2009
Liverpool v Tottenham

There is always a chance we could nick something from Sunderland, Blackburn or Everton but it’s doubtful considering the way we usually perform on the road.

Even the home games I would fancy us to take 3pts from aren’t going to be easy with 3 of the 5 teams involved in the relegation scrap. West Ham and Man City shouldn’t have much to play for but Boro, Newcastle and even West Brom will be looking at the trip to the Lane as a game they can win.

I think Middlesbrough will be key because our following 4 fixtures look very tough indeed. If we can get to 31pts after next Wednesday’s game, I’d imagine it will make the trip to Sunderland a lot more enjoyable for the players.

Obviously we are all looking forward to Sunday’s Cup Final but I’ll be hoping for 3pts next week just as much as victory against Utd.

Hull v Tottenham – Pain Preview

Hull v Tottenham – Pain Preview

Team News
Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka are all back after being cup-tied against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup.

Hull have Ian Ashbee, Daniel Cousin, Caleb Folan and Anthony Gardner back in contention but Craig Fagan is out with a knee injury.

Current Form
Spurs have only won 1 of the last 9 league games and have not picked up a point away from home since beating West Ham on December 8th.

Hull haven’t won in their last 9 league games and have only won 1 game in the league from their last 16 played.

Head to Head
Not an awful lot to go on here but Hull won at White Hart Lane earlier in the season by one goal to nil courtesy of a Geovanni free kick.

Both teams are in shocking form and both sides will be targeting this fixture as a must win. Hull started the season so well but they now look to have relegation written all over them with only one victory in the last 16 league games.

Spurs aren’t faring an awful lot better with only one win in 9 and some of the player will likely have one eye on Sunday’s cup final against Manchester United but with the big guns including Robbie Keane back in the squad, I fancy Spurs to leave the KC Stadium with all 3 points.

Best Bets
I like the look of 2-0 to Spurs at a generous looking 10/1 with Betfred.

Robbie Keane to score first is also a fair price at 11/2.

Harry’s dark side

Harry’s dark side

I’ve been struggling for things to write about since the close of the transfer window coupled with the fact we haven’t played a game for what seems like ages (in reality, it’s only 8 days).

I stumbled across an interview with David James and there was a little bit regarding Harry Redknapp that I thought was quite interesting;

“We’ve got only 14 games to save ourselves and need strong management.

“It is a strong-minded team here but all players need guidance. They need to be told what is expected of them and what their role is.

“You need somebody who is going to address situations that have been repeated this season here on numerous occasions.

“It has to be said it has been a little bit quiet on occasions when we lost matches that we really shouldn’t have. Things were not great, I think it’s fair to say.

“When we’ve lost some games in the past Harry has come in and torn strips off everybody.

“He would let off steam and maybe sometimes apologise the next day but you needed that.”

Although we have seen a little more of Harry’s anger in recent times, it’s difficult to imagine the man that plays Mario Kart with Louise really going to town on anybody. It’s comforting to know that he has probably torn strips off in our dressing room.

Did anyone see Wigan on Saturday?

Did anyone see Wigan on Saturday?

Those boys are immense. If our players showed 50% of their heart and desire, we’d probably be in the title race! Figueroa was inspirational throwing his body in the way of anything and everything. Compare that to David Bentley attempting to body pop on the goal line when all he needed to do was stand on the post.

It looks highly likely that Robbie Keane is going to be a Spurs player again by 5pm this afternoon. I was hoping the weather would stop the deal going through but no such luck. The little Irish gypsy dreamed of picking up the Carling Cup and then luckily remembered another dream he had to play for Liverpool once they came sniffing round. I wonder if he will recall yet another dream he had as a young Irish gypsy in his caravan where he re signs for Spurs, no doubt he will.

I know we are a complete joke as always but I really do believe Arsenal are in serious trouble. By all accounts, they have refused to pay Arshavin anything like the money he is currently getting at Zenit. As far as I can make out, it appears Arsene never wanted to sign him in the first place and it’s all been a big stunt to keep the fans happy. You’re telling me his wages weren’t agreed before travelling for a medical today? This must come as a big blow for players like Fabregas and I can’t see him sticking around after the summer. At least we aren’t the only laughing stock in North London…