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After Sunday’s massive victory it is easy to get carried away with dreams of a Europa place and our terrible start to the season being all but a distant memory.
But how are we going to fare against Spurs with their quality squad and mentality? I have been talking to the many Spurs fans in the office and their opinion is that it could be very close. Especially with both teams different start to the season. We are currently only 5 point behind Spurs and with their amazing comeback on Wednesday are they going to be lagged and concentrating on Europe or are they going to come back ready for a fight? Are Everton still going to be on a dizzying high after last week and keen to claim more scalps?
In the interest of open debate I asked a colleague his thoughts on the game?
‘2- 1 Tottenham, Everton do not have the Fire power, too much is relied on Cahill, and with Saha, Rodwell, Fellani, Pienaar out, and Yakubu as the only attacking threat, I see a Tottenham win, Everton will get a goal as spurs defence is shocking!!’
And fair enough – the guy has a point although calling Yakubu the ‘only attacking threat’ is a bit unfair to the likes of Cahill, Arteta and co. I actually think that Spours have a good side this year with Bale being outstanding of late and Van der Vaart is inspiring. It’s a shame I really can’t stand Redknapp as they used to be a team who I would put in the same category as Everton (until they spent £70 mil and said stupid things like ‘we had a top finish with limited resources’)
What I do know is that I am ruddy excited. As I live pretty much directly between The Emirates and White Hart Lane, Spurs is one of my favourites. Despite the early kick off I can lazily hop on the bus and meet the lads for a pre match brekkie and pint, happily knowing they have been travelling since the crack of dawn. When they yawn and moan I like to remind them that this is how I feel every home game. It’s a 500 mile round trip pretty much every other weekend. I’m a hero!
Then it’s off to the game where I am actually going to go for a score draw. 2-2 again. Everton don’t often win at White Hart Lane and I really don’t think Saturday will be any different. I don’t want this to go against Everton in any way at all but Spurs are a better side than any we have played over the past few weeks.
With the comeback against Inter Milan, the lads are going to be buzzing and the fans are really going to get behind them. Everton, I believe, are only going to fill the upper stand so as fans we have a massive job to do as cheerleaders. With Osman out for up to 6 weeks we have a huge hole to fill and while Distin and Coleman have been outstanding we need to really break Spurs down and try to get an early goal. We have a stretched squad but an amazing mentality and this is why I believe Spurs will concede. Let’s just hope it’s more than we do!
After the match I will be taking the boys back to Euston, having a goodbye pint – then taking the 15 minute journey home. Either way you look at it, it’s my favourite kind of away day!
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