We’ve got off to a great start and now we need to pull off the trick of not immediately plummeting back down to earth.
As bizarre as it might sound, we may well find our game against Hull to be a tougher proposition than our encounter against Liverpool. For one it’s away from home, where we’re far from as comfortable as we are at the fortress that is White Hart Lane.
We can also be prone to slipping up against teams that we really ought to beat. Last season saw Hull beat us at home under the ‘leadership’ of Juande Ramos, while we picked up a tight fought 2-1 win over Hull in the reverse fixture.
I’d expect us to pinch a victory in a similarly tight affair this time out. Chelsea may have had about 30 shots on goals against Hull at the weekend, but the Tigers did have chances to win the game and were unlucky to not come away with a draw. Stephen Hunt may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s certainly a nuisance and will prove a decent signing for them.
We should have too much class. King is obviously out, so Corluka will step inside, with Hutton or perhaps Naughton deputising. The midfield quartet should remain the same, but I’d expect and hope that one of either Keane or Defoe, with be dropped in favour of Crouch or Pavlyuchenko.
Another 2-1 win will do nicely thanks.