I’m not really sure how many different ways there can be to preview a game, but I feel like I’m touching on variation 14.6 this morning.
Statistics are flying around the web today around how good our defensive record away from home has been this season. To be honest, the fact Steve Bould has come in and we’ve the 3rd best record in the league is quite astonishing… not because that is born out of great defending, more because it seems like the rest of the league have become worse. I don’t have the stats to back that up… but seriously, our defence is far from sound yet we seem to be defying logic with stats that stack up.
Tomorrow we head over to the lane for a massive game. North London Derbies don’t accept form as a guage for the outcome. So this puts us in a hugely advantageous position because like our defensive record, our form looks good on paper… despite the reality of it being far from incredible.
As a fan, I’m looking for a number of things tomorrow… but in the main, I’m looking for a performance, because I can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve played this year and turned in a shift. We haven’t been owning games in the way we used to. There’s always a fracture in the set up somewhere, I’d generally say that’s come from having an impotent midfield. On paper, it looks great, on the pitch, I’m just not sure we’ve managed to find the right balance this year.
The big games need to come from Theo and Giroud up top. Grioud has the potential to cause all sorts of defensive problems for Spurs… combined with the pace of Theo and we could see an interesting game. Theo and Bale come from the same place, one is being tipped for Madrid… the other is still having his massive contract questioned. I’m hoping that serves as a motivating factor for our boy tomorrow. Stats wise, I think Bale just passed him… but tomorrow presents a good chance for the reverse to happen. Theo, regardless of how well he develops will never have the factors that make Bale such a tantalising prospect… i.e. height and power. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t be hugely effective in a tight north London derby tomorrow.
The biggest performance tomorrow is going to have to come from Wilshere in the middle of the park… if he can bring his a-game to the table, you always fancy our chances. He just needs to keep his discipline in check… I suspect Spurs will be on the wind up tomorrow and I suspect there will be a red card. Goals though… you can’t help but think this will become another goal fest.
Anyway, should be super exciting. Sit back and enjoy the other matches today… keep em’ crossed for West Brom!