If there’s any justice we’ll get completely outplayed and win it with the last kick of the game.
That’s how Spurs got it done at Molineux back in December in what felt like the most painful defeat of the season – simply because it was so unjust.
It served as a reminder though that to really compete at the top end of the Premier League you’ve just got to find a way to win.
Spurs to their credit hung in there and when the opportunity presented itself – snaffled up the points. It was ugly, but it was streetwise and effective.
Wolves need a similarly effective performance Sunday.
The combination of injuries to key personnel and faliure to bring in a striker in January has left Jose short.
Without Kane or Son they’re relying on wingers and attacking midfielders to fill the void up front, which is a significant handicap when you’re chasing the Champions League.
It already looks like it will cost them their place in this season’s competition after losing 1-0 to Leipzig in the home leg of their last 16 tie.
They followed that up with a meek 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, meaning the performance and result of this game will be well and truly under the microscope.
My gut feeling is Mourinho will adopt the mindset of trying not to lose rather than pushing hard for the win, so it will be interesting to see how he sets them up.
They’ve won 8, drawn 2 and lost 3 at home so far in the Premier League, with mediocre away form being the root cause of their problems.
The home end
Some thoughts lifted from the pre-match thread on The Fighting Cock forum:
Jose is getting battered on every media platform going and rightly so. This defeatist inferiority complex has to stop. Yes we have key players out but it’s his job to instill a belief into the other 22 players. I’m expecting another shit show, low block and zero coaching or game plan.
There won’t be much between the quality of the players, but they are a much better coached side, we might have the home ‘advantage’ so I will go with a draw.
They will wipe the floor with us Like they did in the reverse fixture , how we won that match i’ll never know. You could say that about every win we have had this season barring two or three
Wolves are a bit tasty just now, or so I’m told. I’m really not looking forward to this one especially as it’s at home and they are flying. Yesterday’s performance did not inspire any confidence which is why I’ll be happy with a draw. Harry, Son, and Deli injured will cost us both fourth and the CL I’m afraid. It’s another: JUST DON’T LOSE!
We’ll be exposed by wolves even at home. Jota is on fire atm. I’ll watch it but not confident.
The obvious question is: will Nuno start Traore? Spurs resorted to rugby tackling him at Molineux, but I think they’ll be spared on Sunday.
Nuno has favoured the 352 in the last week or so and if that is the shape, it’s hard to see where Adama slots in. More likely he’ll be off the bench later on.
Although that would frustrate many I’m sure, Jota has shown repeatedly that when on form he’s very much the main man and playing through the middle gets the best out of him.
Jonny left Molineux in a protective boot after Norwich and didn’t travel to Spain so I suspect Vinagre will start in his place. That’s a blow because his link-up play with Jota is a big feature of our play, particularly away from home.
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