Tottenham Hotspur host Hull City on Wednesday Night at White Hart Lane in the Premier League midweek fixture. Spurs will have a little time on their hands to dwell on the 0-1 defeat at Machester United on Sunday. They have been in good form overall in the season and are placed fifth in the league table. Hull City, on the other hand, cannot afford to drop any more points, as they have won just four points from away games and are languishing 19th in the Premier League table. Relegation looms large on Mike Phelan’s side as they face Mauricio Pochettino’s men in game week 16.
Moussa Dembele appeared to have picked up a knock at Old Trafford on Sunday and is doubtful to start the game. Erik Lamela has still not recovered from his hip injury while Ben Davies has resumed training.
Pochettino does not have a lot of injury concerns going into the game. Eric Dier could return to the starting line-up and even Harry Winks could get a shot at first-team football.
Mike Phelan could be lining up a 3-5-1-1 formation much like he did against Crystal Palace. The Tigers do not have any major injury concerns in defence and midfield. However, the options up front seem to be limited.
Markus Henriksen is the only viable alternative for Robert Snodgrass and Adama Diomande with Abel Hernandez and Will Keane both ruled out with hernia and knee injuries respectively while Dieumerci Mbokani is suspended for the game. Moses Odubajo (knee), Alex Bruce (Achilles) and Greg Luer (knee) are also sidelined for the match.
Walker; Alderweireld; Vertonghen; Rose
Sissoko; Eriksen; Son
Maguire; Davies; Dawson
Elmohamady; Mason; Huddlestone; Clucas; Robertson
Stats from FourFourTwo:
- Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Hull, winning five of those matches (D2).
- Hull haven’t beaten Tottenham Hotspur since their first Premier League game against them (1-0 in October 2008) and have never scored more than once in their eight Premier League games vs Spurs.
- Hull City are on a run of five successive defeats away from home in the Premier League and they haven’t scored in the last three of these.
- The last time that the Tigers lost six in a row on the road in the competition was in April 2010.
- Robert Snodgrass has had a hand in seven Premier League goals this season (five goals, two assists) – no other Hull City player has been involved in more than two.
- Hull City have failed to score in 11 of their last 16 Premier League games away in London.
- Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last three Premier League appearances at White Hart Lane.
- In fact, Kane is already on his longest scoring streak in the competition at White Hart Lane (three games in a row).
- Spurs have won 12 successive Premier League meetings with newly-promoted sides at White Hart Lane. The last time that they lost against a promoted team at home in the competition was a 1-2 defeat to Norwich in April 2012.
- Hull’s Michael Dawson made 236 Premier League appearances for Tottenham between April 2005 and May 2014. Only seven players have made more for the club in the Premier League.
Spurs are coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Manchester United. But they are one of the teams that have been a top draw in the league so far, especially against the lower clubs. Pochettino’s men are favourites to win the tie.
Final Predicted score: Tottenham 3-1 Hull City