Premier League: Tottenham thrown to the Wolves
PUBLISHED: 19:55 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 15:01 21 September 2010
TOTTENHAM entertain Wolves at White Hart Lane in the Premier League tomorrow (Saturday) following their Champions League exploits in Germany earlier this week.
Teams from the lower reaches of the Premier League often adopt a physical style to mix it with the top sides but it seems Wolves have taken that approach a little too far in recent weeks.
Mick McCarthy’s side made headlines for all the wrong reasons last Saturday, with Karl Henry’s challenge on Fulham’s Bobby Zamora leaving the England man out for four months with a broken ankle.
Henry’s tackle was over-zealous rather than reckless, but Zamora nonetheless paid the price with a cruelly-timed injury. Wolves meanwhile, are paying the price in more literal terms.
The Midlands side have been handed a £75,000 fine for poor discipline, after they racked up more than six yellow cards in each of their last two Premier League games against Newcastle and Fulham.
It is a fine McCarthy plans to appeal, but Tottenham, with injury problems of their own, at least know what to expect when Wolves come to the Lane on Saturday.
It is certainly a case of substance over style at Molineux this season, as a glance at the likely line-up for Saturday confirms.
American international goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is a reliable shot-stopper, playing behind veteran centre-back Jody Craddock, who has a wealth of Premier League experience from spells with Sunderland and Stoke City.
There are few standout names in the defence, although Belgian international Jelle Van Damme has impressed at left-back, scoring against Fulham on Saturday.
Midfielder Karl Henry has been tied to the club until 2013, and provides threat from the centre alongside Chelsea’s Michael Mancienne, who is in his third loan spell with the Midlands outfit.
Arguably Wolves’ greatest threat from midfield comes from right-winger Matthew Jarvis, a pacy and attack-minded winger who was a key player when the club won promotion to the Premier League in 2009.
Up front, the partnership of Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is yet to really catch fire this season. Ebanks-Blake is the club’s top-scorer with two goals, including a late equaliser against Everton at Goodison Park.
Wolves would certainly settle for a repeat of last season’s 1-0 win at the Lane. Following the slip-ups against Wigan and West Brom points are all that matter for Spurs, and they will have to work for the win.
Prediction: Tottenham 1 Wolves 0
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