Article by Rob Cable
Saturday 30th September
The John Smith’s Stadium
Sky Sports 1, Kick Off 12:30
* First meeting between both teams since 1972 in League Cup.
* Spurs top head to head record with 16 wins, 13 draws, 11 defeats.
* Both sides have only lost once in Premier League campaign so far.
How Will Tottenham’s Impressive Away Record Fare Against A Resilient Huddersfield Side?
It’s safe to say that settling in at Wembley hasn’t been straight forward, excluding the devastating Champions League game against Dortmund, goals have been dry under the arch. However, until this little dip in form is resolved, we should turn our attention to away fixtures such as this. Spurs’ performances on the road have been reminiscent of their finer displays last season, with each game providing a flurry of chances going forward, and for the most part, stable defensive performances. So far, the most notable victory came away at Goodison Park, where Spurs dominated and were worthy 3-0 winners.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will feel confident in this visiting form – a more relaxing style of football outside of Wembley, maybe? It should be mentioned though, this is a robust Huddersfield outfit who are surprising a lot of early doubters in their debut Premier League season. They are yet to lose at the John Smith’s Stadium! Though without speculating too much, the North Londoners will be their greatest challenge so far in the top division.
So How Could We Shape Up?
Absentees: Aurier (suspended), Lamela (hip), Rose (knee), Dembele (ankle), Wanyama (knee)
Doubts: Eriksen (illness)
My Predicted XI
Defenders: Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies
Midfield: Sissoko, Dier, Alli, Son,
Players To Look Out For
Harry Kane (Tot)
It goes without saying for the Englishman. He’s on red hot form in the Premier League after netting twice at West Ham last weekend, not to mention a midweek hat-trick in our European outing to Cypriots APOEL. Kane’s mysterious August drought is truly past us!
Dele Alli (Tot)
The possible loss of Eriksen would mean all eyes would be on Dele Alli. In terms of finding inspiration from midfield, he is the obvious player to fill the Dane’s absence. His start to the league campaign has gone fairly under the radar. We haven’t quite seen the performance level he was reaching last year, although, Dele has already racked up two goals and an assist.
£40 Million is a lot of money for a centre back at just 21 to live up to. The young Colombian has impressed at the start of his Spurs career. He’s learning well off Alderweireld and Vertonghen, sitting comfortably in between the pair. The pace and directness of Huddersfield will be a test which Sanchez will relish.
Aaron Mooy (Hud)
Arguably Huddersfield’s most influential player so far. His cameo goal against Newcastle showed the rest of the Premier League what he’s capable of. The Tottenham midfield pair will have to keep him off the ball as much as possible. Without the impact of Mooy, Huddersfield are undoubtedly a weakened team.
This will be a good challenge for Spurs, particularly on the front foot. With Christian Eriksen potentially being sidelined through illness, players such as Alli and Son will need to step up. I expect Spurs to boss the possession stats and have enough of the ball in Huddersfield’s third to get some shots off. The West Yorkshire side haven’t been formidable in front of goal, managing to find the net just five times in their opening six league games. That being said, amazingly, they have only conceded on five occasions. This will be an interesting game to watch, with two sides who like to play. Taking all things into consideration, Pochettino’s 100% away record cannot be ignored and having Harry Kane back to full sharpness, I only see one winner here.
Score Prediction: Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur