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Saturday 8th May 12.30pm | Elland Road

Spurs may feel at home during Saturday lunchtime's encounter at Elland Road. Earlier in the season, the Whites were heavily criticised for the maintenance of their pitch, and ended up buying a brand new one that Spurs had prepared for next season at a cost of £300,000. Since taking over the reigns in North London, Ryan Mason has recorded impressive back to back league wins over Southampton and Sheffield Utd, keeping their dream alive of a top four finish. They will be without Left-back Ben Davies who has a calf problem,

Having lost to Brighton last weekend, Leeds have slipped a couple of places to 11th. A home win will see them leapfrog Villa and Arsenal back to 9th place, though Villa have a game in hand. Marcelo Bielsa will name an unchnaged starting eleven. Liam Cooper's suspension is over but he has picked un a slight injury meaning Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk will extend their run together at the heart of the Leeds defence. Rodrigo remains on the bench, the Spanish forward played the last half hour against Brighton, and 45 mins for the U23's during their emphatic 5-2 win over Burnley.

Kelvin Phillips absence against the seagulls was a huge disappointment for the Whites. He received a knock on the back of his knee in training but is fit enough to make the bench today. Raphinha was spotted in training videos during the week, sparking speculation he had recovered from his hematoma picked un against Manchester City. We have missed the Brazilian's magic, and he makes the bench today alongside Phillips. Helder Costa is out for the rest of the season meaning Stuart Dallas remains on the wing with Mateusz Klich in the middle of the park with Robin Koch dropping deeper.




Last time out Spurs won 3-0, with goals from Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Toby Alderweireld. Leeds have only earned one point from their past six Premier League games against Spurs, having won the previous six meetings between 1999 and 2001. Tottenham's current three-match winning streak against Leeds in the league is their longest in this fixture. Leeds are hosting Spurs for the first time since January 2013, when the Whites won 2-1 in an FA Cup tie. Leeds are without a win in all nine of their Premier League home fixtures this season against teams currently above them in the table (D5, L4). All five of their home league matches so far against established top-six opposition in 2020-21 ended in a draw.

The age difference of 35 years and 327 days between head coach Marcelo Bielsa and Tottenham counterpart Ryan Mason is the second biggest in Premier League history, after Bobby Robson and Chris Coleman (37 years and 112 days). Ryan Mason is aiming to become the first manager or coach to win his opening three Premier League matches in charge of Tottenham. Spurs have scored in 11 successive league games, the longest current run in the competition. Only Manchester City have scored in more top-flight fixtures this season than the 28 by Spurs.
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Ideally we need Phillips & Raphinha back for the visit of Spurs.

And Dallas back in midfield please!

Unfortunately Struijk's lapse for Brighton's second goal has probably cost him his place v Spurs which I feel would be totally unfair on young Pascal.
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Nice OP.

Sorry to be a pedant but it is Tottenham Hotspur.

May the best team win.
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Tottenham wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 11:07 am Nice OP.

Sorry to be a pedant but it is Tottenham Hotspur.

May the best team win.
It certainly is :tup:

Welcome back Tottenham :)

Are you expecting a victory this weekend? Ryan Mason has started well in his new managerial tenure.
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1964white wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 11:25 am It certainly is :tup:

Welcome back Tottenham :)

Are you expecting a victory this weekend? Ryan Mason has started well in his new managerial tenure.
Hope so. We are better going forward than defending so need to be on the front foot. Think it will be a tight game. We seem to have got a bit of confidence back since Mourinho has gone so think we might sneak a narrow win. Can't underestimate you lot.
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I like Pascal as a defender but we've missed Coops defence to attack transitions...It's a toss up right now. If Raph and Costa can't go I'd like to see Cry given a shot but I think he'd need 5/6 games before he settles.
21/22 team - Meslier - Ayling - Huggins - Koch - Llorente - Phillips - Dallas - Raphinha - Harrison - Klich - Rodrigo
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Tottenham wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 11:39 am Hope so. We are better going forward than defending so need to be on the front foot. Think it will be a tight game. We seem to have got a bit of confidence back since Mourinho has gone so think we might sneak a narrow win. Can't underestimate you lot.
If we perform like we did down at Brighton it will be a stroll for you.

I'm expecting a massive improvement especially if Phillips & Raphinha return to the fore, we need our star duo back imo!
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My home computer gave up the ghost (typing this at work), so no posting for me this weekend.

Worse, I won't get to read everyone's comments until Monday morning.

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1964white wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 1:46 pm If we perform like we did down at Brighton it will be a stroll for you.

I'm expecting a massive improvement especially if Phillips & Raphinha return to the fore, we need our star duo back imo!
Also expecting a massive rebound Leon, we do tend to go that way after a bleak performance... fingers crossed on Phillips & Raph
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Good news folks

Now all we need to worry about is whether Marcelo sticks to losing side, surely not!

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Spurs exposed our main weakneses last time.

1. Giving away stupid free kicks and pens.
2. Losing possesion and conceding as a result
3. Conceding from corners.
4. High possession no end product.

So huge room for improvement on Saturday
'We can wait for the next game with serenity'

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1964white wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 4:18 pm Good news folks

Now all we need to worry about whether Marcelo sticks to losing side, surely not!

Nice to see Raph and KP moving again.
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Irish Ian wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 4:31 pm Spurs exposed our main weakneses last time.

1. Giving away stupid free kicks and pens.
2. Losing possesion and conceding as a result
3. Conceding from corners.
4. High possession no end product.

So huge room for improvement on Saturday
3 has been pretty well dealt with...just leaves 1,2 & 4 :)
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If Raph does not start...then lets hope MB gives Poveda his shot...a start may just spark the full potential out of him...we all know it is there...
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And if he fucks it up.... just shoot him.....

NEXT!!! :mrgreen:
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hector wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 4:42 pm And if he fucks it up.... just shoot him.....

NEXT!!! :mrgreen:
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One of the early starts for me 0530 KO...
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I would like to see MB go with:
Meslier
Ayling
Llorente
Struijk
Berardi
Phillips
Dallas
Rodrigo
Raphinha
Bamford
Poveda

I expect he will go with:
Meslier
Ayling
Llorente
Cooper
Alioski
Phillips
Dallas
Roberts
Raphinha
Bamford
Harrison
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Just need to not get lairy if we lose. We're so close to the end of the season and have done so well.
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mothbanquet wrote: Sat May 08, 2021 8:17 am Just need to not get lairy if we lose. We're so close to the end of the season and have done so well.
Yeah, we've done very well for first season back.

I don't want to watch another abysmal performance like last week though.

I'll be more than happy if we can clear out the deadwood in the summer: Alioski, Klich, Roberts, Harrison, Kiko. Pablo and Berardi will probably go too.

We need some quality replacements in if we are to progress especially a LB and AMF. That left hand side with the Chuckle Brothers, Alioski and Harrison, has been targeted all season and it's still not resolved.
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