Blackpool (Away)
Premier League

Sunday 19th December 2010

Spurs meet Blackpool on Sunday in their first meeting in the Premier League, coming off the back of a good run for both sides.  Blackpool are unbeaten since fielding a second strong side against Aston Villa and narrowly losing 2-3 back in mid-November, following it up with wins over Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, while drawing with West ham United and Bolton Wanderers.  Before that they beat West Bromwich Albion at home and Liverpool away, so they are capable of missing it with the big boys, as manager Ian Holloway has got them relying on their attacking instincts, much like Harry Redknapp has with Spurs.

It should be an open attacking game with goals and Spurs arrive at Bloomfield Road with four wins and four draw sin all competitions in the lead up to this match.  With the Champions League matches showing Spurs in a very good light, the Premier League matches have been more of a battle for Tottenham, with draws against Birmingham City and Chelsea in their last two outings.

Going to Blackpool will be a test of character, as the tangerines will be piling forward and Spurs will have to organise themselves as well as the home team and then work at getting through their rigid 4-4-2 system.

With Matthew Gilks out injured, Richard Kingson has taken the gloves and has done well in recent weeks.  Had a mixed reputation while playing for Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic, making the odd-ball error, but has appeared to have settled down to keeping in a more reliable manner.

The defence may be boosted by the return of Keith Southern, although he could replace suspended captain Charlie Adam in midfield.  A strong ball-winner in either position, Southern has been a stalwart at the club and would be giving 100% to make sure the team push on to get a result from the game.  Stephen Crainey, Neal Eardley, Ian Evatt, Craig Cathcart and Rob Edwards have mixed an matched in the other defensive positions, with all of them coming up with Blackpool and Evatt and Edwards carrying a load of experience after playing numerous games for a number of clubs.  Alternatively, Alex Baptiste could play, as he is a mobile central defender, who has a bit of pace and is good in attacking positions form free-kicks.

Ludovic Sylvestre is a new signing who has been trying to impress the manager enough to get a chance in the side having featured regularly so far, while loan signing Luke Varney from Derby County has made some valuable contributions - both in terms of scoring and making goals.  His fee might price Blackpool out of a permanent deal, which would be a shame for player and club alike.  David Carney played in Holland before joining, Blackpool and the Australian adds energy and fight to the midfield, so Spurs will need to ensure that they don't take things for granted and knuckle down to earn the space and possession to be able to attack Blackpool.  There is experience in the shape of Jason Euell, who ahs been around with Charlton Athletic and Southampton, but his legs are not what they were, so might lack pace to keep up with the likes of Bale and Lennon.

Welshman David Vaughan has been a fixture in wide positions in midfield and his crosses feed Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell, so the supply top him needs to be cut out by staying tight to him, while French midfielder Elliot Grandin was brought in to add a little flair to the midfield.  Playing most games so far, he has found it tricky to come to terms with the pace of the English game, but is a trier.  Matt Phillips has also been a regular selection, so the absence of Adam might be off-set by moving him into the captain's position and playing a replacement on the flank. 

The strike force is a little limited, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher, DJ Campbell and Brett Ormerod forming the threat up front.  Taylor-Fletcher is the target man, who can also use his feet as well as his head, while Campbell is pacy and tricky on the ball.  Both have shown the ability to score in the top flight, but with former Ipswich Town striker Billy Clarke sidelined with injury, veteran Ormerod might be called upon at some stage to get into the action and he is still lively in the box and has the ability to turn on a sixpence to hit the target.

Spurs will have had a rare week off from action and should be raring to go.  Still hit by injuries, it might be that a few fringe players are given a run-out form the bench, should the team go into the lead and if they can stand toe to toe with Blackpool in the early stages, they could go on to win with ease.  I can't see Tottenham running away with it, even with Defoe coming back and looking sharp, but they should be able to impose their game on Blackpool enough to get a result to travel back home with ...

PREDICTION : -    Blackpool    1      Tottenham Hotspur    3

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


BLACKPOOL :  -  Matthew Gilks (out - knee); Malaury Martin (out - knee); Louis Almond (out - shoulder); Chris Basham (out - broken leg); Marlon Harewood (out - hamstring); Billy Clarke (out - knee); Charlie Adam (suspended - one match); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (out - groin); Tom Huddlestone (out - ankle); Jamie O'Hara (out - back); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); Rafael van der Vaart (hopeful - hamstring); Jermaine Jenas (doubtful - calf); Younes Kaboul (doubtful - hip); William Gallas (out - hamstring); Wilson Palacios (hopeful - thigh); Younes Kaboul (hopeful - hip); 


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Blackpool   -    Tottenham Hotspur   -      (Half-time score : -)

Premier League
Venue :  Bloomfield Road
Sunday 19th December 2010
Kick Off :  1.30 p.m.
Crowd :   ,
Referee :  Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
- kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Weather :  -
Teams : - 
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Unused subs: 


Tottenham Hotspur :


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Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

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Scorers : -  


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Cards : -  



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Match Report : -  

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Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal P Stoke City P Saturday
Aston Villa - - - -day
Birmingham City - - - -day
Blackburn Rovers 1 West Ham United 1 Saturday
Chelsea P Manchester United P Sunday
Liverpool P Fulham P Saturday
Manchester City 1 Everton 2 Monday
Newcastle United - - - -day
Sunderland 1 Bolton Wanderers 0 Saturday
West Bromwich Albion - - - -day
Wigan Athletic - - - -day
Wolverhampton Wanderers - - - -day




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 16 9 7 0 38 18 34 +20
2 Arsenal 17 10 2 5 34 19 32 +15
3 Manchester City 18 9 5 4 25 15 32 +10
4 Chelsea 17 9 4 4 31 12 31 +19
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 17 7 6 4 26 23 27 +3
6 Sunderland 18 6 9 3 21 18 27 +3
7 Bolton Wanderers 18 6 8 4 30 25 26 +5
8 Newcastle United 17 6 4 7 27 26 22 +1
9 Liverpool 17 6 4 7 21 22 22 -1
10 Blackpool 16 6 4 6 24 29 22 -5
11 West Bromwich Albion 17 6 4 7 24 29 22 -5
12 Blackburn Rovers 18 6 4 8 23 28 22 -5
13 Stoke City 17 6 3 8 21 22 21 -1
14 Everton 18 4 9 5 20 21 21 -1
15 Aston Villa 17 5 5 7 19 28 20 -9
16 Birmingham City 17 3 9 5 17 20 18 -3
17 Fulham 17 2 10 5 16 20 16 -4
18 Wigan Athletic 17 3 8 6 13 28 16 -15
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 4 3 10 18 30 15 -12
20 West Ham United 18 2 7 9 16 31 13 -15


Position before the match :  5th
Position after the match :
Position after the weekend :  5th


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