That was an important win against West Ham. It was beginning to look like a standard away game, lots of possession, missing good chances, and I think we were all waiting for the inevitable late goal. But the players showed a lot of fight, it was looking more and more likely that we were going to get a goal and it deservedly came after a lot of pressure. With Chelsea losing to Liverpool and Everton drawing with Manchester United, our relatively poor start to the season is now only one point worse than Chelsea’s, and four better than United’s. Although the rest of the big four have all played each other and we’re yet to face a major challenge like that, so our results in those games will be very important this season. Six of our next eight games in all competitions are at home, and it’s important to continue this winning run of games going into a period of difficult matches.
Now, onto Spurs. I don’t want us to beat them, I want us to humiliate them. I want Redknapp to resign four days into his new job due to the embarrassment of how badly we destroy them. I want their fans to go home crying and never quite feel the same way about their team ever again. They’ve been insufferable ever since the 5-1 and Carling Cup victory, and it’s good that they’ve ended up where they deserve to be, right at the bottom. How they continue to attract decent managers I have absolutely no idea. Ramos came from a UEFA Cup winning side that regularly challenged the top two in La Liga, to a Spurs side that last season had made a similarly disastrous start to the one this season. Redknapp’s gone from a side that he’s moulded his own way over a number of years and that regularly challenges for European football. But, of course, a relegation dogfight at a club where the managers usually last less than a year each is obviously appealing isn’t it. After their hilarious start to the season, they’ve finally managed to win a game and it’s quite nicely set up for an upset under the new manager on Wednesday night. Form goes out of the window in these games and we need to beat them, convincingly.
Before last season we were on a twenty one match unbeaten streak against Spurs. Obviously that run went, but our current unbeaten stretch against them in home games stands at over fifteen years, and they’ve only won one in the last twenty years. In the league it’s been nearly nine years since their last victory against us.
Adebayor will come back into the starting eleven, as will Toure and Sagna. Denilson is back in the squad, so
who will partner Fabregas in midfield is anyone’s guess. Going by recent games, Song, Denilson and Diaby are all equally likely to start. van Persie will presumably keep his place up front. Now that everyone is fit the squad is looking quite strong.
Subs: Fabianski, Silvestre, Song, Denilson, Eboue, Bendtner, Vela.
Michael Dawson is suspended following his red card during their defeat against Stoke last week. Balereturns to the side after serving his one match suspension for a red card in the same game. They don’t have any injury worries ahead of this game, but Ledley King may not be involved after playing all ninety minutes
against Bolton on Sunday.