Probable Team Lineups: Tottenham v Wolves
When Wolves came out victorious after the game away to Tottenham Hotspurs last season – after a very hard match when everybody did put in a shift – I was pretty sure they took the one chance in ten to beat an opposition far better than our team.
But when they did the same thing at home to Spurs I had to reconsider. There was more to it than a simple one time twist of fate and luck. Wolves managed to somehow neutralise the now Champions League teams attempts to attack.
And, yes, a goal in the third minute helped (Spurs fans can skip this part if it is to painful). 😆Vodpod videos no longer available.
A season later with changes in both teams – an upgrading of skills and players of course – I ask myself if we could do it again?
A poster at BBC 606 for the Spurs could name two full Tottenham elevens that both – at least on screen – looked better than what we can put out in a single eleven. I became scared!
But they can’t put on two starting elevens. Admittedly they’ve got enough quality players for two teams, but the eleven they will start with will not be that much better than last season – especially not with Defoe injured and Van der Vaart doubtful – but I believe our team will.
Many of the players that started in this game last season will start again. Actually probably seven or eight of the eleven Wolves players (and maybe the same numbers in Spurs). But Wolves have evolved and have much more experience of Premier League than last season and the ‘add-ons’ that didn’t play have better skills aswell
Last season away to Spurs we had Berra and Craddock as a lock in our defence. Berra is now unavailable after a red card against Fulham, so Stearman will very probable take the role beside Craddock. He has played there before, but not for a long time now. Last season he actually played at right back against Spurs, so he at least knows what it’s all about. He is a question mark, but I hope it will work out fine.
On the right back we now have Kevin Foley in his best position. An improvement to Stearman in my opinion. Foley actually played for half an hour for Edwards on right mid when he was injured in this match last season. The start of a long run for him in right midfield.
On the other side of defence Ward is still there and no one will move him. Not McCarthy – nor Aaron Lennon. Ward was the best player on the pitch last season when he stopped Lennon completely and he can absolutely do that again.
Our starting midfield last season – Edwards – Milijas – Henry – Jarvis – will have some changes to it. I believe that Jarvis will start on the right side like he has done before this season, but I’m not totally sure. Mick may bring a surprise here by putting Edwards on, who is ready to play after injury.
In that case Wolves could use Van Damme in the middle of the park with Henry and Jones in a 4-5-1. Jelle Van Damme has been the best of our new signings so far.
But the most probable lineup is that Van Damme will start on the left wing in a 4-4-2. Then Edwards could come on after an hour or so and Jarvis could change to the left wing.
After a rather weak performance against Fulham I believe McCarthy will play Dave Jones instead of Mancienne beside Henry. He did well coming in as a sub against Fulham and is a better passer of the ball than the Chelsea loanee.
Wolves played with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle up front last season and I don’t believe in any changes there – if we play 4-4-2, that is.
Ebanks-Blake is in a much better shape than last season and could be a handful and a surprise to Spurs. And Doyle – well, Doyle is Doyle – always a threat to the opposition defence and always working hard as hell.
Have I forgotten something? Aaah, the Tottenham starting eleven. 😆 Well they have options on every position. I’ve tried to put together an eleven based on who they might need to rest, having played in the Champions League.
These are the probable starting elevens that I’ve come up with: