Our trip to the Etihad on Saturday promised so much with such contrasting recent form of these two sides, City struggling following a heavy defeat at Goodison a week earlier, Tottenham flying and hoping for their seventh consecutive league victory. As it turned out City with home advantage took the game to the away team from the off and were by far the more dangerous of the two sides.
Well I have to be happy with yesterdays efforts, five correct results with one being a correct score. Last week the Super Sunday results went the way most Spurs fans wanted in the end but will they do so again. We have three games to look forward to today a couple of which will have a bearing at both ends of the table but how do I think they might go? Let’s have a go:-
Last Saturday fifty percent of my predictions came to fruition in terms of result though I failed to correctly predict a score. Fortunately on Sunday I was wildly inaccurate and in view of my obvious allegiance to Tottenham was extremely happy with the way the results panned out. Again today I will try to predict just how todays games might go. No doubt the league table will look very different again by the time the dust has settled:-
Reluctantly some in the media are beginning to finally acknowledge that Tottenham now form one of a group referred to as “The Big 6”. The days of the Sky 4 that reigned for so long is now long gone, that gang of 4 was broken up by Tottenham in the days of Redknapp, Bale and Modric, from there the vast wealth of Manchester City enabled them to break into the mix and they took over for a period as they cherry picked the best players, that included plenty from one of their nearest competitors Arsenal and even neighbours Manchester United.
Tottenham’s Chairman Daniel Levy has been much criticised over the course of his tenure at the helm of the club, sometimes the criticism has been valid of that there is little doubt, but in my opinion every move he makes has been calculated to move the club forward, this includes off the field as well as on. He has overseen the purchase of many players that will forever be remembered by supporters including some remembered for all the wrong reasons of course.
Coming up to the midway point in the transfer window the question frequently asked by most Spurs supporters and the general media outlets is whether should Pochettino look to bolster his squad this month. There is little doubt that the current squad is strong and that there is a very strong nucleus of players that he has to choose from, the Spurs manager already has the players to more than match almost any team, but there are currently a couple of probable weaknesses should injuries strike.
A very mixed bag with my predictions yesterday with just a fifty percent success rate and no correct scores. today throws up a couple of battles featuring the city of Liverpool versus Manchester and both games will have a significant bearing at the top of the table. It won’t be easy to with my obvious Tottenham allegiance to be impartial with my predictions, we see on a regular basis ex-pros, now better known as “expert” pundits, fail on a regular basis to be realistic rather than biased, but anyway let’s have a go. The first game up is:-
With just 18 fixtures remaining and all to play for let’s take a look and attempt to predict the outcome of todays matches. Just maybe the transfer shenanigans that have cropped up in this transfer window will come back to bite some and that might well open up opportunities at both ends of the table.
This is how I see Saturdays fixtures panning out:-
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion 12:30 – Both teams are performing well this season and especially over the course of the last month or so. A difficult game to predict based upon recent results between the two teams which might suggest a low scoring draw. I strongly fancy Tottenham this time as you might expect but more for the quality and power now in the team. 3-1.
Though many will preach caution following yesterdays trouncing of Inter Milan surely it is not unreasonable to be just a little excited about the performance of not only the team but a number of individuals. Harry Kane was quickly out of the blocks and banging in goals, the indifferent form shown during the Euros over the summer quickly forgotten. He showed his versatility by carrying on where he left off as the main striker in the 1st half , in the 2nd half he was equally happy playing as the 2nd striker alongside the new boy Vincent Janssen.
Well we at JTN have enjoyed a nice long break and tried to avoid the farcical transfer merry-go-round as much as possible without getting too involved. As we all know the press and general media whip up a storm with often ridiculous rumour as clubs go about re-shaping their squads for the coming season and now we shall attempt to put our spin on the situation in relation to the probable top clubs which now, rightly, includes Leicester with Tottenham now firmly established in that group.