Friday, November 17, 2006

No Lennon, JJ or Chimbonda: No Hope?

Its Blackburn away on Sunday and the team news isn’t good with Lennon, Jenas and Chimbonda all out of the running. It’s a tough place to go and get points at the best of times, but without three of your best players its making it look a tough trip. Blackburn are not the same team as last year now that Craig Bellamy has gone, but that said they are decent enough, and got to sixth last season and are doing well in the UEFA Cup this year.

Spurs away record in the league is still shocking, reading 6 games, 4 losses, 2 draws, 2 goals scored, 1 by a Spurs player and none in open play. The longer this goes on the more it will become a monkey on the team’s back, so the sooner it can be put to bed the better. Reading was a disaster last week, and hopefully the team have spent the week reflecting, and getting ready to put it right.

Given the injury situation, it could be the same back four as last weekend, with a midfield of Zokora and Huddlestone in the centre, with a newly fit Tainio on the left and Malbranque on the right. Not a bad line up, but lacking a little in pace. That said Zokora didn’t exactly win any friends last week, so it could well be Davids that drops in for JJ. Whether Jol goes for Tainio and Malbranque, both of whom would lack match fitness is another question, so Danny Murphy should feature one way or another. Up front it will probably be Keane & Berbatov, but with one eye on the Thursday’s tie at Bayer Leverkusen, it could be Mido and Defoe if Jol decides the UEFA game is more important. Who knows basically!

Live on Sky Sports again, lets hope for a better showing than last Sunday.

The Waddler.