A crucial three points are up for grabs at Wembley Stadium when Tottenham Hotspur host Huddersfield Town. Spurs dominated Huddersfield 4-0 in September at the John Smith’s Stadium. A win for the Terriers is vital if they hope to remain in the Premier League.
Huddersfield come in to the match in fine form; with victories over West Brom and Bournemouth in their last two matches. Manager David Wanger claims the Terriers will go to Wembley with fond memories:
“It’s less than a year ago we had one of the most successful days in club history”
It was in fact a memorable day at Wembley as the Terriers secured promotion in thrilling fashion, defeated Reading on penalties. Huddersfield find themselves 14th in the Premier League Table; only 3 points behind 10th place Watford and dangerously close to Swansea in 18th ahead of the Swans by just 3 points. It will be a tough task to get a result from this match but even a point could go a long way in securing another season in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur continued their scintillating form by crushing Rochdale 6-1 in the FA Cup Wednesday evening. Spurs remain the only undefeated Premier League club in 2018. Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace last weekend saw Spurs return to the Top 4 only two points behind 3rd place Liverpool and two points ahead of Chelsea in 5th. A win over Huddersfield and a Chelsea loss to Manchester City would see Spurs build a five point lead on the Blues and put them closer to securing a Champions League place.
Huddersfield Town will likely be without one of their most important players as Aaron Mooy is still dealing with a knee injury. Mooy will be missed but the Terriers defeated West Brom 2-1 without him so there is some hope. Huddersfield will have the advantage of having a full week between games. Due to the added time off I do not expect the Terriers to rotate their squad. Steve Mounie will need to score for the third game in a row if Huddersfield are to claim all three points.
Tottenham will be without Toby Alderweireld as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Jan Vertonghen will also miss out as he is carrying an injury and Spurs will want him fully fit for the Champions League match against Juventus on Wednesday. This could open the door for Juan Foyth to make his Premier League debut as Pochettino rates the young Argentine highly:
“Juan is a great kid with a lot of quality to become one of the fantastic centre-backs in the Premier League and Europe too.”
I can’t see a better time to hand Foyth his Premier League debut; it would allow Spurs to rest Eric Dier for the Juventus match. Fernando Llorente is coming off a 12 minute hat trick against Rochdale and should make the bench. Serge Aurier should also return to the starting XI as he is suspended for the Juventus match. Erik Lamela will also be rested after making 2 starts in 3 days.
Huddersfield XI: Lossi, Kongolo, Hogg, van La Parra, Williams, Pritchard, Quaner, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Mounie
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Davies, Foyth, Sanchez, Aurier, Dembele, Wanyama, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Huddersfield do not have enough fire-power to defeat Spurs. Tottenham will pick up where they left off against Rochdale and it could be a long day for the Terriers.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Huddersfield Town