Before each of our games I’m going to try and assess our chances and come up with a few punts along the way. Not easy before we have seen any real action but let’s see.
Tottenham start the game as reasonably strong favourites especially considering we are the away side. It won’t be an easy game as Middlesbrough can beat anyone at the Riverside on their day and with a fit Alves in their side, it won’t be an easy afternoon for Tottenham’s back line.
Nothing much to report on this front yet, I’ll probably update tomorrow but it looks like Spurs are without Hutton and Modric has a knock. I’d expect Ramos to play Bent on his own up front even if Berbatov is still with us.
Head To Head
Tottenham have a superb head to head record against Middlesbrough, having only lost two of the last ten meetings between the clubs.
Both clubs have had an impressive pre-season, netting a large number of goals in the process. Spurs performances have looked the more assured though, having only conceded three goals in their six friendlies, culminating in the superb 5-0 win over Italian giants Roma.
This will not be an easy game for Spurs but it is one where I expect them to go out, do a professional job and come away with at worst a point. This is an important game not to lose and it would be so nice to get off to a flyer after last season, with a very winnable home game to come next.
I think Bent could well score considering the form he’s in but Woodgate is getting involved a lot more at set-pieces these days and it’s uncanny how often players score against their old side.
As always, let me know your thoughts, good or bad!