As we build up to Huddersfield Town’s midday live on sky clash with Tottenham Hotspur, we got in touch with Anna of SpursXY.
We discussed Spurs and how they’re adapting to life at Wembley, the perception of Huddersfield Town from a top four fan and how the game could go on Saturday.
1. What have you made of Spurs’ summer overall?
“Pretty decent – had to replace Kyle Walker and signed Serge Aurier, have got some good youngsters in the defence now, and picked up a quality striker in Llorente to cover for- and play with- Harry”.
2. Have you been impressed by Pochettino’s signings or do you feel that more is needed?
“Obviously, we were heavily linked with Barkley and he would be good cover for the likes of Eriksen and Dembele, but yes, pretty impressed”.
3. Do you feel that Spurs are adapting to life at Wembley? Is it a surreal experience to have your home games there?
“Good question – after last season at The Lane with 17 wins and 2 draws – it was always going to be a tough act to follow. The win over Dortmund showed we have nothing to worry about playing at Wembley, and when full the atmosphere has been OK”.
4. Who will be your key players this season?
“Obviously, Harry Kane, but also Eriksen and Dele Alli going forward. At the back the partnership between Vertonghen and Alderweireld is key”.
5. What are your hopes and realistic ambitions for the remainder of the season?
“Too early to write off anything to be honest. Top 4 is a realistic ambition after the last 2 seasons, but would hope for some silverware”.
6. Where do you see Spurs finishing come May?
“As above, top 4 is realistic, pick a number from 1 to 4”.
Following a lengthy discussion about Spurs, we moved on to find out what Anna thought of Town and how she thinks they could fare this season.
1. How much of Huddersfield Town have you seen since the start of the season?
“In all honesty, not much”.
2. How highly do you rate David Wagner and what do you make of the signings he has made this summer?
“Think he did a great job getting promotion – don’t know much about his signings apart from Ince”.
3. How do you rate Town’s survival chances this season?
“Well a lot will depend on other clubs in and around the bottom 3, and scoring enough goals. Right now, I reckon it is 50/50”.
4. Do you think their style of play will suit the Premier League?
“From what I understand their passing style will suit the PL, as long as there is some end product”.
5. Who in your opinion are Town’s standout players?
“I know that Mooy is rated highly, and Ince really needs to deliver on his potential”.
6. What have you made of Town’s start to the season?
“Pretty decent – 9 points from 6 games = safe mid table position”.
After a brief discussion with Anna about Town, we moved on to discuss the game itself and how the early Saturday afternoon clash could potentially unfold.
1. What did you make of Spurs’ victory against Apoel Nicosia, do you think Spurs will firing on all cylinders at Saturday lunchtime?
“Impressive display from Harry Kane and, with 7 players out, good away win. We can freshen up with Vertonghen, Dele and Eriksen, so should be fine for Saturday”.
2. Are there any key players that could be missing the game due to injury or are you expecting a fully-fit squad for Saturday?
“Rose, Lamela and Wanyama will definitely be out, as will the suspended Aurier. Dembele I reckon will not be risked”.
3. How do you think Wagner will approach the game? If Huddersfield are to get anything out of the game, what would you say they would need to do?
“I can’t see Wagner opening the game up too much. They will need to watch Harry Kane, but we have a lot of other players who can score goals”.
4. What will be the key battles that could decide the outcome of the match?
“Again, keeping Harry Kane quiet for the whole 90 minutes and maybe trying to cut off his supply line”.
5. If you had to pick the Spurs starting XI for Saturday, who would you pick?
Alderweireld Sanchez Vertonghen
Trippier Dier Sissoko Davies
Dele Kane Eriksen
6. What’s your score prediction for the game?
“Huddersfield Town 0-2 Spurs”
From the interview above, it’s clear to see that this will undoubtedly be Huddersfield Town’s biggest test of the season so far. Whilst defending has been one of Town’s strongest features so far this season, the trio of Alli, Eriksen and Kane will test Town’s defending to its very capacity.
With Town going into the game very much as the underdog, it would appear to be a formality on paper but as we all know- football isn’t played on paper.