Stoke vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham continue their brave attempts to maintain any faint hope of wresting the Premier League title away from Leicester City with a Monday evening trip to an injury-hit Stoke City side, whose European hopes now appear over. In general play Stoke looked reasonably neat and tidy in their last match at Liverpool, with increasingly influential midfielder Giannelli Imbula showing his off his delicate touch and all-round ball skills, but unfortunately when it came to defending they proved badly lacking and that was ultimately what led them to suffering a heavy…

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Tottenham vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Important points are at stake at White Hart Lane as Tottenham attempt to secure a rare home win over Champions League hopefuls Manchester United and bolster their own title aspirations. It has to be said that Tottenham are not doing a lot wrong in their bid to be the team lifting the trophy in May, but constantly find themselves trailing in the wake of Leicester City. The frustration in boss Mauricio Pochettino’s body language was clear for all to see after his side could only leave Liverpool with a share…

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Liverpool vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will hope to cut the gap between themselves and leaders Leicester City by winning in Saturday’s late kick-off, but face a great test of their title aspirations as they take on Liverpool at Anfield. The home side have had two weeks to reflect on their epic collapse at Southampton, where they appeared to be sailing to victory thanks to a dynamic and incisive first half showing, but then fell apart after the break as a 2-0 lead morphed into a painful 3-2 defeat. The return of Martin Skrtel after…

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Tottenham vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

With no more cup distractions, Tottenham will now be focusing all of their efforts on trying to make up the gap to the top of the Premier League, beginning at home to in-form Bournemouth on Sunday. It was quite obvious from his team selections that manager Mauricio Pochettino saw the Europa League as little more than an unnecessary distraction as Spurs were well beaten 5-1 on aggregate by a far superior Borussia Dortmund. However, there are few sides better than them domestically at present as they continue to fight for…

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Aston Villa vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be looking to put some pressure on Premier League leaders Leicester City by defeating hapless bottom club Aston Villa and reducing the gap between the sides to two points. The hosts have the appearance of a team that just wants to put out of its misery, with nine points plus an inferior goal difference separating them from the safety line and recent performances showing little to suggest that they will even come close to making a fight of it during the closing weeks of the season. Although they…

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Tottenham vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Many a meeting between Tottenham and Arsenal in the recent past has been dubbed the biggest North London derby in years, but Saturday’s early kick-off surely trumps them as they both vie for the title. The home side had the chance to go top on Wednesday evening, but never really got their rhythm going as their six-match winning run in the league came to an end with defeat at West Ham United. They were rather caught out by the tactics of their opponents, while the tenacity in midfield provided by…

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Premier League stats: Chelsea are back, Arsenal and Manchester City falter

Matchday 28 in the Premier League provided some surprising results. Time to look at some remarkable statistics to find certain trends in the English top flight. First, Chelsea started their title defending season very poorly and were to be founded just above the relegation zone most of the time, resulting in the sacking of Jose Mourinho. However, since Guus Hiddink took over, the Blues have rocketed back to prominence, currently sitting in 10th place with 39 points. Chelsea have gained a total of 19 points in 2016, leading the league…

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West Ham vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham have the chance to make it a magnificent seven Premier League wins in a row, but face a battle royal against London rivals West Ham United. Although it was a performance that did not carry the same amount of verve as their FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers the previous week, West Ham still had enough to see off lowly Sunderland last time out. Michail Antonio continued his terrific form by scoring another goal, an area to his game that adds to his impressive energy and work rate. If…

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Tottenham vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Having embarked on a sensational sequence of results to move into title contention, Tottenham will be after their sixth Premier League win in a row against a Swansea City side that is still much too close to the drop zone for comfort. An FA Cup exit at the hands of London rivals Crystal Palace has been the blot on the copybook for Spurs of late as their surging run shows no signs of stopping any time soon, brushing aside Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday despite starting the game…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Man City vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

An enormously intriguing final encounter of the Premier League weekend sees Manchester City look to recover from their humbling last time out and move back ahead of upwardly mobile Tottenham in the title race. Right from the first whistle, Manuel Pellegrini’s side looked a little rattled when they came up against Leicester City, going behind early on and then being picked apart in eyecatching fashion after the break to lose convincingly. It was a massively below-par display, and one that saw them slip to fourth and means they now have a…

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Tottenham vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be intent on continuing their rise into title contention as they attempt to secure the league double over a Watford side that is unbeaten in three games in all competitions. At present, the hosts are winning with eyecatching authority and that was no more in evidence than in their comprehensive win over lowly Norwich City in midweek, where an early goal rewarded a purposeful start and from then on they did not look back. Any possible doubts over the absence of defender Jan Vertonghen were soon extinguished as at…

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Norwich vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be desperate to bounce back from the late heartback they suffered last time out, but face a huge challenge as they entertain a Tottenham side that is very much part of the race for the title. Having put themselves in a great position to pick up three vital points in their battle for Premier League safety, Norwich came up with an emphatic example of how not to defend a 3-1 lead, committing error after error at the back to fall behind and then, after seemingly salvaging a…

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FA Cup Round Four Preview

While it did not produce a considerable amount of genuine upsets, the third round of the FA Cup provided plenty of entertainment and talking points, not to mention some memorable goals. Now it is time for the last 32, the draw for which has thrown up several intriguing ties which offer the potential for shocks as some Premier League clubs face tricky trips to face lower league opponents whose supporters will create a partisan atmosphere. The first of these takes place on Friday as Championship promotion hopefuls Derby County entertain a…

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Tottenham boss added to Premier League giants wishlist

Chelsea have expanded their coaching wishlist, adding Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as a possible replacement for interim coach Guus Hiddink at the end of the season, according to The Daily Mail. Pochettino has assembled the youngest team in the Premier League and taken them to fourth place in the table, just five points behind leaders Leicester City, looking to hand the Spurs their first league title since 1961. The Blues are struggling, currently ranked just 13th and all but out of the race to defend their Premier League crown, and just…

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be desperate to end their five-match goal drought as they target victory at home to London rivals and Champions League hopefuls Tottenham on Saturday. They had chances early on in their last match at Manchester City, but the Eagles were unable to break the deadlock before the second bad error in as many outings by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey saw them fall behind and it was a setback from which they could not recover, ending up on the end of a comprehensive defeat. The Welsh international’s place in the…

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Tottenham vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be looking to continue their excellent start to 2016 when they face a Tottenham side which is hoping to recover from only their third league defeat of the campaign. More than enough chances were created, but Tottenham failed to make them pay and eventually became the latest in a long line of teams to come unstuck at the hands of Leicester City on Wednesday evening. The decisive goal came from a rare piece of poor defending as Robert Huth was given the freedom of their penalty area to…

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Claudio Ranieri almost signed…Mauricio Pochettino!

Today, Claudio Ranieri and Mauricio Pochettino are battling it out at the top of the Premier League as coaches. But 16 years ago, the Leicester boss almost signed the Tottenham boss, according to Sky Sports. On Wednesday, The Foxes take on The Spurs for just the second time in four days at White Hart Line. They drew 2-2 in the FA Cup on Sunday, with a late and controversial penalty goal by Harry Kane. It will be a new battle between the experienced Ranieri and the rising Pochettino. The Argentinian…

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Tottenham vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will hope to move to within just a point of second placed Leicester City by coming out on top in the second of three meetings of the sides in the space of just a week and a half. A very fortunate penalty converted by Harry Kane is the reason why Tottenham have a second chance in the FA Cup, but it cannot be denied that they had most of the territory and pressure in a game where both teams went with much-changed starting XIs. As for their last Premier…

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Everton vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be hoping to cap off a fine festive period with a fourth successive win as they make to trip to Merseyside to take on mid-table Everton, who are continuing to underachieve. Given the vibrance with which they attack, the number of goals they score and in particular the form of joint top Premier League scorer Romelu Lukaku, it is quite remarkable that Everton are occupying a place in the bottom half. That they are is partly down to a lack of ruthlessness, but it is mainly due to slack…

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Watford vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be looking to pick up a fifth win in their last six Premier League games as the welcome another in-form team to Vicarage Road in the shape of Champions League chasing Tottenham. The hosts come into this after claiming a hard earned 2-2 draw at Chelsea, and while it was a match where their defensive resolve was severely tested they more than matched the champions throughout and showed why they have surprised so many this season to lie in the lofty heights of seventh place. Manager Quique Flores continues…

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Tottenham vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be hoping to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League with victory at home to a Norwich City side that will be in buoyant mood following their fine win last time out at Manchester United. After seeing their unbeaten run come to an end in disappointing fashion at home to Newcastle United, Mauricio Pochettino’s team came up with the perfect response at the Argentine’s former club Southampton, scoring two first half goals to seal an impressive victory. The key to success was excellent build-up play,…

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Southampton vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Having seen their lengthy unbeaten run come to an end last time out, Tottenham will be looking to bounce back by winning away to Southampton, to whom they have not lost since March 2005. Just as they were around this time last season, Ronald Koeman’s men are in the midst of a disappointing run of results and as a consequence they have fallen into the bottom half. However, the Premier League table is exceptionally tight at present – which is emphasised by the fact that if the Saints win this…

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Tottenham vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham have the chance to extend their club record unbeaten run in the Premier League to 15 games when they come up against a Newcastle United side which has won on its last two visits to White Hart Lane. Despite taking the lead, coming away with victory last weekend away to West Bromwich Albion proved to be beyond Tottenham and so turned out to be a missed opportunity to close the gap on the top four, of whom two dropped points. But the manner of their goal in the West…

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West Brom vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be aiming to continue their phonemenal form with success against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, a venue at which they have not tasted defeat for nearly seven years. The home side will be pleased with their haul of four points from two challenging games since the international break, following a terrific win over title hopefuls Arsenal with a satisfactory draw away to West Ham United. The latter saw a good response after half-time from the Baggies, who were fortunate not to have been just the one goal behind at…

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