Growing up I used to dream about seeing Wolves at Wembley. Old Wembley that is.
We came close a few times, most agonisingly losing to Bolton in the play-offs in 95. There was also that FA Cup semi-final defeat to double winning Arsenal in 98.
When the famous ground was demolished in 2003 the dream was pretty much over. The new version could never conjure up the same magic.
That view is further emphasised by the fact we’re now heading to the home of football to play a bog standard Premier League game in front of a half empty stadium.
But it’s still Wembley damn it, and the reason we’re here in any capacity is a consequence of the club’s efforts over the last 18 months.
The idea you can even mention Tottenham in a conversation about the title is testament to the job Pochettino is doing.
They spent zip in the summer and have occasionally wobbled, but they’re into the knockout stages of the Champions League, the semi-final of the League Cup and following a five game winning run – above Man City and up into second in the table.
Everton and Bournemouth have already been routinely demolished and they’ll definitely be looking at this game as an opportunity to further crank up the pressure on Liverpool.
They may struggle to win one of the big trophies but to me their squad is strong so I wouldn’t be counting them out of anything. They’re currently without Alli, Dier, Vertonghen and Dembele and the likes of Lamela, Sanchez and Trippier still aren’t getting a regular game.
The home end
Lifted the following from the match thread on a popular Spurs forum.
They’ll park the bus, I have no doubts. Going to be more frustrating but should be winning this.
Quite like Wolves as a club and their fans are decent too. They have peppered our history and I for one would have loved to have them as our first opponents at NWHL. I was at the 72 uefa cup final along with 54,000 others at Tottenham when mullers scored and they were very graceful in defeat as i remember. Had some fun in Tipton at the last game of the season a few years back too. Back to Saturdays game, i doubt we will thrash them like we did the last two teams however i still think we have too much for them. It’s a satisfying fact that if we play to our strengths we will win, waited a fair few years to say that!
How well we are playing is masking how poorly we are defending. Wolves are a stronger attacking prospect than Bournmouth and Everton. I’m not going to be getting carried away by two deserved and dominant performances, and the manager will not be so complacent. Wolves beat Chelsea just a couple of matches back, and although gifted two goals, came close to a point last time around.
Won’t be easy. Games are coming thick and fast, Wolves impressed me at times this season and although they had a blip (Huddersfield game particularly) they haven’t become a bad team overnight. They have some dangerous players and i for one on here respect them as a club and it’s good that they have been entertaining for the most part, not something newly promoted sides often are.
Our own squad has been utilised by Nuno of late and it’s tough to question most of the head coach’s decisions.
Dropping Ruben Neves was a big decision but the right one given his struggles of late and the emerging presence of Romain Saiss.
I’m a big fan of the Moroccan and all the more so after he took it upon himself to get into the six yard box to net that late equaliser. It’s a collectors items seeing a Wolves midfielder in the penalty area these days.
Cav should definitely start this one. Nuno could play the same three man midfield we saw against Liverpool, which would mean a recall for Neves but selecting Gibbs-White would suggest greater adventure.
vicsmith is back on top of the Prediction League table at the end of Gameweek 19.
Shout out to other consistent performers like GoWolves, Looney tune, johnok and PeteRobbo who are right in amongst the usual suspects from recent weeks.
As always, if you want to join in, simply leave your prediction in the comment section below, which is where you’ll find my best guess.
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