Well, after a glorious run from Bull in April I wasn’t expecting to be stepping up to the plate so quickly....especially as a newcomer.
We just weren’t on our game at Brighton, whether it was Kalvin not playing, a loss of concentration after the recent big games, or just a bad day at the office where nothing quite Kilched I am not sure what was Ayling us, but onwards and upwards....
Kick off against Spurs, with their Koch emblem, is 12:30 on Saturday, and the match is on BT Sport, so I better be joining fans around the world from here to Dallas in heading down the pub....or maybe Costas....enough of the name puns...they are getting desperate!
Another match against one of the so called big six, the money grabbing ESL failures. Spurs have won trophies, but they are living on past glories with only an FA Cup win in 1991 and the League Cup in 2009 in the last 40 years. They are 9 points ahead of us after their win against the Blades with only 4 games left to play. If we can turn them over you never know...we could finish above them, but if they win it will help their European push, so this is still a game that counts.
We have a long history of games against them and a mixed record, winning 32, drawing 29 and losing 37 of the 98 games we have played since the first match up in 1924. Recent league history doesn’t really help either with 5 losses and 1 draw in the last 6 meetings, although we did beat them 2-1 in the FA Cup in 2013 with Varney and McCormack scoring for us.
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On to the game itself...I am not quite sure what to expect to be honest. Will we see some of the impressive under 23s get some game time from the bench, or given that there is still a chance of a few places higher in the league (at around £2m a place it is worth having from a financial point of view too) will we see more of the same. Given it is Bielsa I suspect it is more of the same.
I would like to see a run out for some of the young ones, I think we are likely to move some players on in the summer and we need to see if any of the under 23s are ready for the big step up just yet...it might save us £20m in transfer fees.
We have Cooper back from suspension, so with Lloriente playing well, and Koch back to full fitness, it will be interesting to see who gets chosen. At this stage it seems we might have Rafa back, but no news on Phillips, so we might see Koch stepping in and Cooper returning to CB. Given the speed of the Tottenham attack, I would play Dallas at LB rather than Allioski.
I would select this team, but given I am not an Argentine God what I think doesn’t really matter!
Ayling Lloriente Cooper Dallas
Rafa Klich Harrison
Given I am from the Isle of Man the only weather I know is wind and rain, so I am predicting you will get what we always have, with a temperature of 13 degrees, a stiff breeze and rain.
This might help us and let’s see if the southern softies can handle the Leeds climate...Bale might have scored 3 against Sheffield, but the weather isn’t exactly forecast to be Madrid is it.
Spurs had a good win against the Blades, but their recent form is not great with 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 5 league games, and they didn’t look good in the Cup Final either. but I think there will be goals. I am predicting a 3-2 hard fought win for Leeds, with Paddy, Rafa and Tyler scoring for us. Roberts has been working hard and is due one. Quite frankly I don’t care who scores for them!
Finally it is time to look up from pie charts, which are a really bad way of showing information to look at this fantastic chart by Charles Minard showing the progress of Napoleans advance on Moscow and subsequent retreat....we will have more luck in Europe in a couple of seasons time!