Tottenham vs Wolves: Alli returns to Spurs line-up

first_imgTottenham will bid for a sixth straight Premier League win on the bounce to keep themselves in the Premier League title picture when they host Wolves at Wembley.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were given a late Christmas present when they went second on Boxing Day courtesy of their 5-0 win over Bournemouth .Wolves have a decent record against the top six this season having beaten Chelsea and held Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United to a draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They are 14 points clear of the bottom three and are set for a comfortable campaign back in the top-flight, despite a recent 2-0 loss to Liverpool. Game Tottenham vs Wolves Date Saturday, December 29 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not being shown on TV or being streamed live online, but highlights will be available on BBC. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Son, Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Skipp Forwards Kane, Llorente Dele Alli returns to the starting line-up after missing the 5-0 win over Bournemouth with a hamstring injury.Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier are all absent while Mousa Dembele is not yet fit enough to return to the squad.Moussa Sissoko partners Harry Winks in midfield, with youngster Oliver Skipp on the bench.Tottenham XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Walker-Peters, Foyth, N’Koudou, Skipp, Lucas Moura Position Wolves players Goalkeepers Patricio, Ruddy, Norris Defenders Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Hause, Boly, Vinagre, Iorfa, Ebanks-Landell Midfielders Neves, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Jota, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Giles, Watt, Pote Forwards Cavaleiro, Costa, Bonatini, Jimenez, Traore, Ashley-Seal Leander Dendoncker makes his first Premier League start for the club against Spurs, alongside Ruben Neves in midfield.Neves had been left on the bench against Fulham, while Raul Jimenez leads the line.Possible Wolves XI: Patricio; Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Otto; Neves, Dendoncker; Traore, Raul, Cavaleiro. Subs: Ruddy, Costa, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre, BonatiniBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are major favourites and are favoured at odds of 4/11 to win according to  bet 365 . A draw is priced at 17/2 with Wolves an outsider at 9/1 for the three points.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Heung-Min Son Tottenham 2018-19Spurs can complete a stunning December in which they have gone second in the Premier League, qualified for the last 16 phase of the Champions League and reached the Carabao Cup semi-final.The North Londoners last won six league games in a row in April which cemented their top-four status, but they have grander designs this time around.Manchester City’s shock back-to-back defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Leicester buoyed Spurs to second table in the league, and they have now emerged as surprise title challengers – remaining just six points behind table-toppers Liverpool one point above Pep Guardiola’ side.Pochettino has played down Spurs’ title hopes , however, refusing to acknowledge that his side are major contenders despite sitting comfortably in second place.”I repeat like yesterday now I’m more relaxed I think the same,” Pochettino told reporters. “We are in a very good position. I think we are in a position that the team deserves to be.”But another thing is to be a real contender at the end of the season. We need to show that we can be consistent throughout the whole season.”Manchester City have shown in the past they can be real contenders because they won the last Premier League and of course Liverpool made an unbelievable investment and they are doing well and they are at the top of the table.”It’s good news for the North Londoners, though, as Liverpool’s next two league fixtures are massive clashes against Arsenal and Man City.Any fears Wolves may have had that the second half of the campaign would be consumed in a battle against relegation have been firmly eased.Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had a knack of causing the top six problems this term and have come away from Old Trafford and The Emirates Stadium with well-earned draws.The comeback win over Chelsea at Molineux was perhaps the most impressive display, however, and the Midlanders will need similar levels of intensity to cope with Spurs. 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‘Tierney will be a sensation for Arsenal’

first_imgKieran Tierney will be a “sensation” for Arsenal, says Celtic legend Davie Hay, with the Gunners considered to have landed themselves a bargain in a £25 million ($30m) transfer deadline day deal.After several weeks of speculation regarding the 22-year-old full-back, he was finally prised away from Parkhead before the summer window slammed shut in England.Celtic had been understandably reluctant to part with a prized asset, with an academy graduate having flourished after stepping onto a senior stage in Glasgow. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Hay, though, acknowledges that the lure of the Premier League was always going to be too great, with Tierney now ready to show a wider audience just how good he can be.The Hoops icon told the Evening Times: “The moment Kieran Tierney burst onto the scene four years ago as a 17-year-old, which is when he made his debut, and who played as if he was a seasoned pro, I quickly concluded that one day a club from a bigger league, and importantly with a lot of money, would come in with a record bid.“It didn’t take long for most of us to realise the Celtic had produced a real gem. The best we’ve seen in a long time. That this was a lad who could play anywhere he wanted. Keeping Tierney a secret was never on the cards.“Arsenal bid £10million for him when he was 19. That was knocked back. They were never going to go away forever. Everton had a nibble a year ago. God knows how many other clubs have sent a scout to Celtic Park“KT was always, one day, going to say his goodbye to the club he will always support to go on an adventure.”Hay added: “Arsenal have done well to get him for £25million and I’m sure most Celtic supporters, while disappointed, understand why one of their own is now an English Premier League player.“How good is he? I was fortunate to play with Tommy Gemmell and Danny McGrain. I have no hesitation putting young Kieran in that bracket in terms of the great full-backs produced by Celtic.“My guess is that Tierney didn’t want to leave Celtic. There was no banging on Neil Lennon’s door, he didn’t put in a transfer request and never once spoke about playing elsewhere.“However, some opportunities are too good for anyone to turn down.“Arsenal haven’t won so much in recent times; however, we are talking about a huge club in a fantastic league, and it’s a team which I believe is getting better.“I have no fear about Tierney being good enough. He is going to be a sensation.”Tierney will be hoping to make an immediate impact in a new-look Arsenal side, with it possible that a number of fresh faces will line up for the Gunners in their 2019-20 season opener away at Newcastle on Sunday.last_img read more