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Sunderland – Spurs Preview: Will Another 12 Points Be Enough?

Not exactly sure what the lyrics are to the Champions League anthem (the telly-box at AANP Towers can only ever pick up unspecifiable high-pitched warbling, until that final chorus of “The Chaaaaaampions”) but while watching this midweek’s shenanigans, AANP dreamt the dream – the dream that next season I would not just try to fathom the lyrics from the comfort of my living-room, but actually at the Lane. Just imagine hearing that music blare out in our own little corner of North London. Imagine looking on with pride as our lot are torn to shreds by the cream of Europe. Admittedly we would need to negotiate Shakhtar or someone in the August qualifying round first, but the dream remains – a couple of months hence, it really could be us…12 Points?

‘Arry’s walking wounded have seven games left, and even AANP has entered into the fun and games of calculating potential points totals for the season’s end. Although the specifics are up for debate, my complex scientific methodology – involving the fingers and thumbs of both hands – estimates that around another 12-13 points ought to be enough.

Us (58 points)
Sunderland (a)
Arse (h)
Chelski (h)
Man Utd (a)
Bolton (h)
Citeh (a)
Burnley (a)

Citeh (56 points)
Burnley (a)
Birmingham (h)
Man Utd (h)
l’Arse (a)
Villa (h)
Us (h)
West Ham (a)

Liverpool (54 points)
Birmingham (a)
Fulham (h)
West Ham (h)
Burnley (a)
Chelski (h)
Hull (a)

Realistically, we should take six points from Bolton and Burnley; one more (at least) from City away; goodness only knows what the l’Arse-Chelksi-Utd triple-whammy will produce – but could we grab three more tomorrow?

In theory a win at Sunderland seems a manageable task, if a little tricky, but with the absentee list now including (deep breath) Dawson, Corluka, King, Woodgate, Lennon, Hudd, Jenas and quite possibly Palacios, AANP will personally hand a medal to somebody somewhere if we toddle back from the Stadium of Light with a nice shiny victory to our name.

Team News 

The midfield, potentially comprising Bale, Modders, Kranjcar and Bentley, ought to possess just enough technique and trickery to hold on to possession for the entire 90 minutes – handy, as there is not a ball-winner in sight. Fingers crossed that Sergeant Wilson’s abductor strain clears up by 3pm, but the prognosis, apparently, is not particularly rosy. If any of that midfield four knows how to tackle, tomorrow would be a marvellous time to give a few demonstrations.

All cobbled together rather hastily then, but in attack at least our cup runneth over, with Defoe now fit to join his three chums. AANP wonders if ‘Arry might be tempted to compensate for the lack of a midfield ball-winner by including Gudjohnsen in the starting line-up, to allow us to switch to 4-5-1 as necessary.

No time to feel sorry four ourselves about the injury-list – or indeed to congratulate ourselves on five successive wins. Tomorrow will not make or break the season, but the menality here at AANP Towers is that a team of Champions League standard ought to gain a draw at least from a trip to Sunderland. 

Gary Mabbutt Book Signing – Saturday 3rd April, 12pm, Waterstones Hemel Hempstead

Self-explanatory really – Gary Mabbutt will be signing copies of

Spurs’ Cult Heroes for the masses this Saturday, from 12 noon, at Waterstones Hemel Hempstead. 

(If you can’t make this, fret ye not – further signings by Mabbutt will take place:Waterstones Leadenhall Market, City of London – Thursday 8 April 12.30pm;
Waterstones Stevenage – Saturday 24 April, 12 noon;
Waterstones Walthamstow – Saturday 8 May, 1pm)


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7 replies on “Sunderland – Spurs Preview: Will Another 12 Points Be Enough?”

ive looked at the fixtures and been realistic about what i honestly think the results will and basically……i think were fucked!!!

I have a feeling 12 points will be enough to finish above liverpool (assuming they win all their games bar chelsea (draw) on goal difference. However, 3 of those 12 points HAVE to come against City. If that is the case then that gives them the task of getting 14 points from their other games to finish level on points with us, which is doable 4 wins and 2 draws against Arsenal and Man Utd. I think goal difference will be decisive one way or the other. A victory tomorrow would be a strong step in the right direction, but I am worried about our lack of muscle in the middle. Nevertheless, if we can play keep ball we should be alright.

I am surprised that everyone is predicting so many points. It will be a lot less than that. 15 points from 7 games is 1.5 points per game – which a team in fourth place should expect to get. However – Arsenal, Chelsea, Man U and Man C NEED to beat us. Also Burnley and Hull MAY NEED to beat us if not already down by then. It is tough. I predict that a minimum of 8 POINTS should be just enough, because I do not feel that the others will beat 66 points – and have an inferior goal different. But that is cutting it fine! Liverpool have an decent run-in – if the really want it, it is in their hands – but 6 wins from 7 is a big ask. If Man C were 4 points behind, I would be quite relaxed, but they are too close, and have the ability to pull out results. But I still can’t see them making 66 points – unless they beat us. This game is the key.

Final standings:
4th Spurs 71 points
5th Man City 71 points
6th Liverpool 68 points
7th Villa 65 points

Goal difference will win it for Spurs.

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