So it’s another big game, with it all being about Sherwood meeting his old club, Spurs.
Fortunately, it’s not a six pointer in the way the QPR game was and let’s face it, I’ll bet most of us are fairly glad about that, as the stress levels were certainly way higher than I like.
It’s obviously still an important game though, as we continue the search for the points that will keep us up; it just doesn’t have the same expectancy levels.
I’d personally be very happy if we were to take a point from this match but Spurs play a fairly open game, which might not suit us. This was demonstrated against QPR, where we can leave ourselves too open, which means our currently dodgy defence is prone to conceding far too easily.
I foresee goals and am going for 3+ overall. It’s been a long time since I thought that.
Benteke being on fire is the obvious one (and no, I don’t think he’s playing himself into the shop window; he’s just getting better service).
It still looks like we might have to play a somewhat makeshift defence if Cissokho doesn’t make it (see below).
Which leads us onto team news.
Hutton, Westwood and Sinclair are out.
Gil has supposedly suffered a dead leg and I’m not sure what to think about that, given the rumour that he was seen driving away from VP well before the game, having not been picked the other night.
It would appear Kozak isn’t considered fit enough just yet.
But the good news is Cissokho might be back after training all week.
As for Spurs, Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris are both injured and Vertonghen (along with a few others) is doubtful, as it seems there is a bit of a virus going around the club.
Let’s hope loads of them get it eh?
You can possibly keep up to date here, as things will probably change.
So what to think?
I can see a good game and it really depends which Spurs team turn up, as they can be up and down.
I suppose you could say the same for us though.
It’ll be interesting to see how Sherwood approaches this, as I’m wondering if he’ll give his former club a bit too much respect, a la Man Utd, or just go for it like the QPR game?
As I said, I’m going for 3+ goals and am going to predict 2-1 to Spurs, with them just having too much for us.
I’m hoping for the draw, as I think that’s our best bet.
But one thing I bet I’ll get right is that whatever happens, it won’t be boring.
And I don’t like boring, so that’s fine with me.