Injury-ravaged Spurs hoping to still have enough to silence Bluebirds
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 October 2018
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Neil Warnock's team have not won in the Premier League this season, but Tottenham could be tired come Saturday's clash
Tottenham Hotspur claimed the points against a team yet to win in this season’s Premier League last weekend and they will aim to do the same again on Saturday.
Spurs saw off Huddersfield Town by a 2-0 score last time out in the division and next up for Mauricio Pochettino’s men is a home clash with Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds, like their former Championship rivals the Terriers, have struggled this campaign and are in the bottom three.
And not even a win at Wembley Stadium is likely to be enough to see Cardiff move out of the relegation zone before the international break due to a poor goal difference.
What will boost Neil Warnock though, is the number of injury problems Tottenham have going into the contest in Brent.
Ahead of Spurs’ Champions League fixture with Barcelona in Group B on Wednesday night, the club confirmed a number of players were out of the European game and Saturday’s match.
Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli have both picked up hamstring injuries over the past week and they will not be fit again until after the international break.
Also in the same boat are Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele (both thigh) and Denmark ace Christian Eriksen (abdomen).
The fivesome could well have to rest up over the international break, rather than compete for their countries, but what is certain is they are not going to face Cardiff.
A positive this week is captain Hugo Lloris returning to the fold again and training fully following a frustrating thigh problem.
He has not played in the league since the 3-0 win at Manchester United on August 27, but should be in goal when Warnock’s newly promoted team visit the capital.
Cardiff only have two points to their name this season and both were achieved against sides also in the bottom three in stalemates at home to Newcastle United and away to Huddersfield.
It demonstrates the Bluebirds can defend, although to counter that, they have already suffered heavy defeats to Chelsea (4-1) and Man City (5-0) this term.
Tottenham will be expected to win on Saturday, but they cannot afford to underestimate the Welsh club, especially given the injury issues Spurs are dealing with.
Pochettino will probably have to rotate too, given the exertion put in against Barca, but the Lilywhites will hopefully still have enough to triumph.