The inane rants of a Spurs fan (since 1973)
CARDIFF CITY (AWAY)
Spurs sit in third place going into this match, knowing that a victory will at least put them joint top (or even in the clear, if Arsenal is unable to beat Stoke earlier in the day). In midweek, Spurs strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Europa League minnows Tromso with goals from Jermain Defoe (2) and Christian Eriksen (an absolute stunner). And head coach AVB will be hoping that his new-look team will continue the good work of the last two games and maintain the good start to the season.
Three doubtful starters for today are a concern though – Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele all picked up injuries in midweek and whilst Kaboul and Dembele have readymade replacements, in the absence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto (on loan at QPR), Rose is the the squad’s only specialist left back. AVB can either draft in Jan Vertonghen or Kyle Naughton but neither will be comfortable. It seems an unacceptable state of affairs in my opinion but hopefully Rose can recover in time to start.
No doubt, AVB will try to keep the lineup that performed superbly against Norwich but his hand might be forced due to the injuries and also the prospect of Erik Lamela (above) getting his first Premiership start – a mouth watering prospect. Cardiff – having beaten Manchester City – in their last home match – will provide a stern test of Spurs’ credentials as genuine top 4 material (let’s not even talk about title contenders just yet).
Thus, considering the injury situation, this is my expected lineup and I believe Spurs will come away with a 1-0 win.
Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Lamela, Sandro, Paulinho, Siggurdson, Eriksen, Soldado.