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Anzhi v Tottenham preview and team prediction.

Posted on October 02, 2013 by Scraggs

How the mighty have fallen, after an unprecedented spending spree which started just a couple of years back when Anzhi began buying some of the biggest names in world football, and then continuing with that investment right up until and including last January’s transfer window, Anzhi then began a summer fire sale and the likes of ¬†Eto’o, Willian, Chris Samba and Lassana Diarra were among thirteen or more players removed from the wage roll. From being one of the top clubs in the Russian League, Anzhi are now struggling, after eleven games they are sit bottom of the league with six draws and five defeats to their name.

Weatherwise Tottenham are travelling at a good time as the forecast is excellent and should be conducive to a good game of football, a sunny afternnon of 24/25 degrees is forecast dropping to 18 degrees or so in the evening. At home Anzhi are still searching fore their first win after two draws and two defeats, but this is the cup and Tottenham must not take them for granted.

Predicted Tottenham lineup v Anzhi 3/10/2013

Predicted Tottenham lineup v Anzhi 3/10/2013

We can obviously expect many changes to the team but of course it will remain strong,This fixture is also likely to see some of the team chosen playing for a position in the next game coming up in the league against West Ham. The bench might once again include the likes of Aaron Lennon and Adebayor who both returned to full training this week, while others like Sandro and Lamela should be closer to fit and ready for more outings. These days it is almost as interesting to look at the players on the bench as the starting eleven so impressive is the squad assembled by Tottenham but we shall not try and second guess that as well.

For this fixture expect perhaps a slightly stronger than expected starting lineup as a win will go along way toward clinching progression through to the knockout stages to take place next year, if AVB can navigate Tottenham through in three or four games it will be of enormous benefit before the year is out and will enable him to rest and protect key players later in the campaign. Such is the sheer number of quality players in this squad, and with those injured set to have recovered and be available for selection within the next week or so, that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to predict who will start in the cup competitions but this is what we think for tomorrow.


10 to “Anzhi v Tottenham preview and team prediction.”

  1. Toppy says:

    Just dont underestimate anzi else totts could be trashed big time

    • Tony says:

      don’t see anyone able to hand us a thrashing home or abroad, more likely to be Spurs handing out a hiding, BUT must never underestimate any team.

  2. Eric says:

    Dawson paulinho lamela lloris should not start.Replace them with friedel kaboul townsend kane.Holtby can play in mf.That team hasn’t won a match all season n sold their stars with their main striker injured.We can’t injure our main players on such matches

    • tom says:

      Until Kaboul is fit again he will have to continue with dawson and vertonghen alongside the new man. be dangerous to start, walker,chiriches,fryers,naughton in a back four. Think we have to change this 1st team idea and the squad is strong enough to now cope with 3 or 4 injuries even if it is paulinho or dembele or dawson or even soldado. spurs have lost lennon,capoue,dembele,chadli,kaboul and rose up to now and it’s made very little difference. only in the LB spot is there an issue when rose is out. utd,city,chavs and arsenal have all suffered injury but they have players to step in,spurs are for the first time in that position and it is hard for us to get used to the idea.

      • Eric says:

        Idea of a large squad is to use best 11 for imp games n rest for not so ones.Cant expect fryers to start Pl games just cause rose was injured playing some russian moldovan games.Also if they dont play these games then there will be discontent cause sooner or later someone like lamela will overtake townsend.We have to use our squad sensibly.It will give vital experience to likes of kane fryers which will help incase we need them for pl games

        • Tony says:

          spurs have had that mindset in the past but they don’t have a 1st eleven any longer but a 1st 15 or 16.

        • lou says:

          I don’t think AVB actually knows his best team yet, the team that started against Chelsea could have just as easily included Sandro or Capoue, Lennon or Lamela or Kaboul, chadli or Defoe. He is so spoilt for choice he can cope with few injuries but Fryers is not yet the answer at LB for big games and it would take something away from defence if Vertonghen had to move to cover Rose.

    • Tony says:

      already wrong with Paulinho and Vertonghen left at home to rest so expect the Dembele/Sandro combo to rule again.surprised that Kaboul has travelled so he might partner chiriches.

  3. Eric says:

    We need to get a defender cause kaboul hasn’t played for a year and his constant injuries isn’t good for a long season

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