The pick of the midweek fixtures is definitely the clash at White Hart Lane between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Spurs sit seven points behind title chasing City but a victory for Tim Sherwood’s men would see them close that gap to just four and be hot on the heels of the Premier League leaders. Since the arrival of Tim Sherwood as manager, Tottenham have been in terrific form in the league and should come into this game full of confidence. The same can be said of City, who have been scoring for fun, especially at the Etihad Stadium.
Looking at the soccer odds for this match, the bookies make Manchester City favourites at around the even money mark, Tottenham are generally an 11/4 chance as is the draw. Spurs haven’t been quite the same side at home in recent times. White Hart Lane has always been a fortress but there were some disappointing results at home this season, with defeats against West Ham, Newcastle and Liverpool sealing the end of Andre Villas-Boas’ tenure. Under the guidance of Tim Sherwood, I’m hopefully that results will continue to improve on home soil and it could be that Manchester City are in for a tougher time than the betting odds suggest.
As far as the team news is concerned, Spurs don’t have any fresh injury concerns but City could be without Alvaro Negredo who is suffering from a shoulder injury. Edin Dzeko looks set to deputise in attack alongside Sergio Aguero. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won just once in their last ten trips to Tottenham and this is certainly a very positive stat for the home side. Spurs come into the game off a decent break having been knocked out the FA Cup at the first hurdle, and should be raring to go this Wednesday night. I fancy us to take at least a point here, and I would not be at all surprised if there are plenty of goals. I’ll go for a 3-3 thriller!
Under Tim Sherwood, Tottenham collected seven points from a possible nine during the month of December. Barring the 5-0 loss to Liverpool, Spurs had a very successful month, with that result being the club’s only defeat of the seven games that they were involved in. From a goal scoring perspective, no player really stood out, but there are a number of the squad that played very well throughout the month.
Our friends over at Scores.co.uk have chosen their team of the month which can be found below.
What do you think of their choices? Feel free to let us know in the comments section. Which Tottenham player or players performed well enough to deserve a spot in this team? Or, do you think that no one was good enough to be considered?
Tottenham have begun the month of January in excellent fashion with back to back victories in the Premier league so maybe we will see some Spurs players included next time around?!
This weekend will see an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side travel to Wales to take on Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City. The Swans are arguably a better team than their recent results suggest but they are in need of some Premier League points to put a bit of distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Things are really tight at the foot of the table and there are only six points separating Hull in tenth spot and Crystal Palace at the bottom. It will make for an exciting climax to the season, but could also cause a side to get sucked into the battle unexpectedly.
It’s also tight at the top of the Premier League, particularly amongst the clubs that look to be in a battle for the fourth and final Champions League spot. A lot could change between now and the end of the campaign, but it would appear that Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and Man Utd going to be fighting for a European place rather than the title. Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal are beginning to draw clear of the chasing pack and I expect that trend to continue.
Considering an indifferent first half of the season for Spurs, the fact that they sit just eight points off top spot is pretty satisfying for me as a Tottenham fan. Although Tim Sherwood has seen his side get knocked out of both domestic cup competitions, they are unbeaten in the league thus far under his guidance. What may cost Tottenham when it comes to the Champions League places is their poor goal difference following a number of big defeats during the Andre Villas-Boas reign. Their last away game saw Spurs win at Old Trafford by two goals to one, a scoreline which Swansea also won by at Old Trafford in the FA Cup recently.
Spurs are favourites this weekend to continue their fine run of form under Tim Sherwood, according to sports bookmaker bwin. Tottenham can be backed at odds of 2.3, Swansea are priced at 3.1, while the draw is available at 3.2. While they are worthy favourites on recent form, I don’t think this will be a walkover for the away side and the draw looks the most likely result for me.
Tottenham travel to The Emirates this Saturday afternoon to face bitter rivals Arsenal in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. This match is certainly the pick of the round and as such has been moved to a 5:15pm kick off to accommodate the live coverage on itv. Most recently, the two sides met in the Premier League where the Gunners had home advantage and took the spoils by one goal to nil. It was quite a close encounter however and it will be interesting to see if the away side can put up an improved display under new manager Tim Sherwood.
Current Premier League leaders Arsenal come into this FA Cup tie off the back of a victory against Cardiff City in front of their home fans. Arsene Wenger’s side did make hard work of things and it was not until the 87th minute that substitute Nicklas Bendtner was able to break the deadlock with a right footed shot from close range. Arsenal sealed the victory with a Theo Walcott goal in injury time and maintained their position at the summit of the Premier League going into 2014. Although they have not looked particularly impressive in recent weeks, the Gunners have continued to get results and look to have a serious chance of winning their first trophy for several years during this campaign.
Since the arrival of Tim Sherwood as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur, things have definitely improved at White Hart Lane. The former youth coach has made a bright start to his top flight managerial career, with his Spurs side collecting ten points from a possible twelve. That haul included the excellent 2-1 victory over Manchester United on New Year’s Day. The Tottenham squad will definitely come into this match full of confidence and may well be able to claim a second famous win in the space of a week.
I’ll hold my hands up, Arsenal deserve credit for the football they have been playing and the results they have been producing during the current campaign. That being said, the Gunners do have an ever increasing injury list and the FA Cup is likely to be a fair way down their list of priorities this season. Tim Sherwood has begun brightly and could continue that run at the Emirates this Saturday. I see the draw as the most likely result, but Tottenham can be backed in the double chance market at odds of 19/20 with bet365, and I think that’s the best bet here. This means that if Tottenham win or draw the match, the bet will be a winning one!
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