Following a mid-week folly to Milton Keynes, Spurs will travel to relegation favourites Huddersfield looking to record back to back wins. Tottenham won on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday using a strong side, with Mauricio Pochettino only choosing to rest Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, and Harry Kane, showing perhaps that the Spurs manager thinks that Huddersfield will not be up to the task on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs fans will have been pleased to see acting captain and talisman Harry Kane given a break. The Tottenham striker could see an opportunity to regain some form against Huddersfield who are struggling massively this season. It is the sort of game that will go under the radar, barring a high scoring flurry, but is the sort of game where Tottenham can pick up some crucial early season points.
After a rainy evening in Brighton where Spurs’ were not at their best but secured all three points, they will look to win again, but with a more complete performance. Since Spurs beat Manchester United it looks like Pochettino is trying to find a formation and system for his team. We could see him revert to the classic 4-2-3-1, perhapz deploying Heung Min-Son in the attacking midfield three. The South Korean has looked sharp in his cameos since returning from his Asian Games triumph.
Huddersfield will be searching for their first win when Tottenham visit the Terriers. So far this season they have not looked good and staying in the Premier League could be a step too far this season. However, last season Spurs struggled against the relegated sides as they typically sat back, asking Spurs to break them down. In games like that, if Christian Eriksen isn’t at his creative best Spurs really struggle to break teams down.
I am predicting a 3-1 win for Tottenham on Saturday, with hopefully Harry Kane grabbing a goal from open play. I think if Lucas Moura plays his pace will cause the unstable Huddersfield defence massive problems. It has become futile to predict how Mauricio Pochettino will set up his team, but after the Carabao Cup tie I see Spurs using the 4-2-3-1 and reverting back to Pochettino’s go to tactics.
Predicted Line-up – Gazzaniga; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane.