I think that we can safely say that this one will have a lively atmosphere. It’s possible that Crouch, Kranjcar and Defoe will all line up against their old club, while Kevin Prince Boateng will looking to prove that we made the wrong decision in not giving him a chance at White Hart Lane.
Then there’s Harry, who is guaranteed to get plenty of stick from the Pompey fans for walking out on them, to join us. Fair enough I say. We like to dish it out to our former sons who depart for pastures new and Harry’s tough enough to take it.
Before the international break I was very relieved to see Portsmouth pick up their first points of the season, as otherwise it would be very like Tottenham to be the team against whom Pompey broke their duck.
We didn’t play well against Bolton, but we had the character to come from behind twice and get a result. Now we need to build on that and get three points to continue our forward momentum this season. This is what the best teams do.
Our chances should be helped by the fact that Ledley could be back alongside Bassong in defence. This will free Huddlestone to return to midfield. Does he replace Jenas, who has been playing well, or do we take the risk of resting Palacios? When Wilson last came back from an international, he looked tired and was substituted at half time. This is why we need more cover in midfield.
Defoe may or may not be fit, but I think Harry will want him back in the team if possible. Keane and Crouch didn’t really click against Bolton. Will Harry instruct the Defoe and Crouch to bite the hand that used to feed them?
Prediction time. I’m saying that we’ll come away as 3-1 winners. Come on you Spurs.