Preston North End v Tottenham Hotspur followed by Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley. Our fixture list is looking decidedly retro of late and having knocked five past Preston, hopefully there will be more Glory, Glory football on display tomorrow.

Gomes should start ahead of Cudicini. The Italian has done nothing wrong, but he just seems hesitant. You can accuse Gomes of many things, but hesitancy isn’t one of them.

The defence will be without Ledley, but Bassong will be fit to play alongside Dawson, who will get a warm welcome back from the crowd. That leaves Corluka to do what he does best at right back, with Assou Ekotto at left back.

The midfield is more of a conundrum. Will Kranjcar play? Does Harry go with Jenas or Huddlestone in central midfield? There’s even the question of whether Keane will be employed there…

Because it’s hard to see how Crouch can be left out after knocking in a hat-trick in midweek. Defoe also carried on his scoring run and although Keane netted after coming on as sub, he looks the most likely to be the odd man out. I’d wager though that we can afford to accommodate all three a lot more comfortably against Burnley than we did against Manchester United.

Burnley have had a brilliant start, but their poor away form continued with a defeat against Barnsley in the Carling Cup. The injuries are stacking up also. Their keeper Brian Jensen is a doubt and Chris McCann and Martin Paterson have serious injuries.

Owen Coyle’s side will come to play football and unless you’re very good indeed, this can be somewhat suicidal against Spurs at White Hart Lane. So I’d expect us to win quite comfortably. I’m saying 3-1 and I can taste that first beer in the Beehive already. Come on you Spurs!




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