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Blackpool – Spurs Preview: Nail-Biting Victory Would Suffice Tonight

Spurs fans born yesterday – or at least since around 2009 – may disagree, but following up victory at the San Siro with defeat at Blackpool would not be the most unlikely turn of events at for the heroes of N17. Mercifully the current vintage seem just as capable of digging out tricky away wins to lower-table scrappers as they are of churning out a never-to-be-forgotten glory night in one of Europe’s premier arenas – which ought to prove jolly handy tonight, as our walking wounded leave a blood-stained trail from N17 to Blackpool pier.It’s three consecutive league wins for our mob, wins that are strangely all the more gratifying for being so unglamorous and low-profile. A fourth tonight would have Man City spluttering into their corn flakes tomorrow morning at the realisation that third spot has been sneakily half-inched from their grubby mitts, at least on a temporary basis. Fingers crossed it all works out swimmingly tonight then, or if not swimmingly than at least according to our fairly well-established routine of nail-gnawingly tense late winners.

Team News

“Don’t you forget about me,” warbled eighties Scottish beat combo Simple Minds, a couple of years before we all forgot about them. Anyone loitering outside the Spurs training ground would be familiar with the song, it being plaintively repeated ad infinitum by Niko Kranjcar as he stays behind each day to hone further his already darned-near immaculate shooting technique. Tonight however, he may yet have good reason to whoop “woo-ha” or the nearest Croatian equivalent. Gareth Bale remains out of action, and while Pienaar was preferred on the left last week at Milan, on account of his defensive qualities, Kranjcar’s recent form could well earn him the nod tonight.

Elsewhere in midfield ‘Arry is unlikely to opt for the safety-first option of Sergeant Wilson and Sandro, given that Jenas and Modders are available once more. VDV, Corluka and are the principal casualties from last week, while Woodgate is also back in his natural habitat of the treatment room.

Some tinkering will therefore be necessary – Gallas at right-back, a rare start for Bassong, two in attack – but nevertheless, the remaining personnel capable of walking unaided ought to have sufficient quality to garner three more points. Any fewer would frankly be a massive disappointment.

 

11 Responses

  1. MalSpurs Says:

    Can we not just have a handy away win?
    I wouldn’t mind a week off from cold sweats and heart palpitations as per the Blackburn and Sunderland matches.

  2. Cliff Says:

    I agree. Kranjar should start tonight. I would imagine
    the following formation will give us a 2-0 win

    GOMES
    GALLAS, DAWS, BASSONG,BEN
    LENNON, MODDERS, JENAS, KRANJAR
    CROUCHIE, Super PAV

    I would like to see an early goal by one of our strikers as they are in desperate need of hitting a hot streak. Defoe needs to come off the bench in the second half to wrap up the 3 points. This would be confidence builder for our strike force. We can’t keep relying on the rest of the team.

    Sandros might get the nod instaed of Jenas, as he seems to be growing in confidence match by match.

    Blackpool are a credit to their manager. Did any body see Ollie on Sky Sports News talking about H. It was hiliarious!!!!

    COYS!!!!!

  3. SiberiaSpur Says:

    Ahh MalSpurs – you’re obviously one of the newborns to which AANP refers. The reason that we can’t just go and give ’em a sound thrashing is that it’s not the Spurs way. Right, I’m off down the pub for my nail supper. COYS.

  4. MalSpurs Says:

    Nice one Sibs.If anyone’s a naive fan it’s you. Nice to watch it done the Spurs way tonight eh?

  5. SiberiaSpur Says:

    I didn’t say it was nice – just that it was the Spurs way. So now we have to sweat CL qualification even more. Bassong not good enough – PLEASE someone tell me why Hutton’s not right back with Gallas in’t middle. I was also reminded why Defoe could never get a game in the Berb/Keano days and sculked off the Portsmouth.

  6. MalSpurs Says:

    Because Hutton’s injured. Really, these newborns. I despair

  7. SiberiaSpur Says:

    As much as I hate to disagree with your downy-cheeked confidence, I’ve now read that Hutton had a row with ‘Arry after the Fulham mess. Hope they can figure it out.

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