Friday, November 10, 2006

Reading Preview

We travel to newly promoted Reading on Sunday to face a club we haven’t met in a competitive fixture since 1931, a period when Spurs were spending some time below the top flight and Reading played at Elm Park rather than the swanky new Madjeski Stadium. Reading have had a patchy start to their first ever season amongst the biggest boys, and were recently spanked 4-0 at home by our North London neighbours. Their ambulance procedures and morality have also unfairly come under criticism from Jose Mourinho recently, which may have shaken them and contributed to their recent poor form.

The referee for the game is Rob Styles unfortunately, he who handed the Chelsea game last season to the opposition on a plate by sending Mido off and giving Chelsea every decision they wanted. He has a tendency to give decisions to the biggest/most hyped team in any given match that he is refereeing but has yet to ever give us anything so we need to play him as well as Reading on Sunday.

Spurs’ away form in the league has been very poor, still not having scored a goal ourselves and only amassing two points so far. The games against Slavia Prague, Besiktas and MK Dons all proved that we are capable of winning away from home, but we are yet to prove that in the league. The team should be buoyed by last weekend’s demolition of the Champions and should go into the match well rested (most of them) and full of beans. We should expect the same team that faced Chelsea to run out against Reading, assuming Chimbonda has recovered in time from his knee injury inflicted by Lampard last weekend. If he doesn’t make it, Y-P Lee should come in at right back, but Chimbo will be a loss as he has very quickly become a mainstay of the side. There will more than likely be a role for Malbranque as well, probably on the bench after his 60 minutes against Port Vale.

It won’t be easy but it’s about time Spurs broke their away duck for the season and posted 3 more points to take us further up the league table on Sunday. Live on Sky Sports 1 for those not making the trip along the M4.

Come On You Spurs!

The Waddler.