Tottenham host Huddersfield Town on Saturday as they attempt to get their top four surge back on track. They will be full of confidence following an excellent win in the Champions League against Manchester City. However, they may have one eye on the second leg, and that could lead to changes being made for this fixture. The visitors will be hoping that is the case as it may provide a glimmer of hope for them.
Although they remain in the top four positions, the end of the season will be a lot more nervy for Spurs than it should have been. They are only one point clear in fourth position, albeit they have a game in hand over Chelsea in third. Due to their stadium move, they have a build-up of home matches to play, and that should give them an advantage over their rivals. This is a game they simply must win, even if the supporters are focused on the second leg of their Champions League tie
Huddersfield Town are already relegated, but they must use the final few matches of the season to lay the foundations for next season. West Brom did this effectively during the last Premier League campaign and benefitted from it. Jan Siewart will be hoping to prove that he is the man to lead the Terriers forward, despite some questionable decisions since taking charge of the team. This is a game that little will be expected from them, but the players will be relishing the opportunity to play at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the potential of putting themselves in the shop window.
Tottenham have now played twice in their new stadium, winning both times and keeping two clean sheets.
Huddersfield were given their first penalty of the season last weekend. This meant that all 20 Premier League clubs have been awarded at least one penalty kick in the league during this campaign.
After an excellent period before going away on international duty, Son Heung-min entered a quiet patch that saw him dropped from the starting eleven. It was expected that the recent rest would have benefitted him and that seems to be the case. He has scored in both matches in the new stadium and posed a danger throughout. His tally for the season is now 12 goals and five assists in the Premier League, which is a good return considering he has twice been called up for international tournaments. The injury to Harry Kane means that the South Korean will become a pivotal figure over the coming weeks. This is a role that he thrives in, and it should be expected that he scores a few more before the campaign is over. This weekend offers a perfect chance for him to increase his goals tally, as he is coming up against a club that has struggled at the back recently.
There are few Huddersfield players that will attract Premier League interest during the summer, as it has been proven that they simply aren’t good enough at this level. However, there are one or two standout players that will be hoping to remain in the top-flight. Aaron Mooy is one of those, as he has stepped up over the last 18 months and proven his class. The Australian international took a unique route to the top of English football, via a short spell at Manchester City and he won’t want to return to the Championship. Huddersfield suffered when the Australian was injured earlier this season, and that is a big reason why they were cut adrift at the bottom of the division. Mooy will be keen to play well during the remaining matches and catch the eye of other teams in the league.
Harry Kane will be missing after limping off against Manchester City. Fernando Llorente could be given the start, but Son Heung-min will be the main goal threat for the home side. Dele Alli is a doubt and could be rested ahead of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. Serge Aurier and Eric Dier won’t feature.
It is difficult to predict the Huddersfield team as Jan Siewert rotates his squad to assess his options ahead of next season. Ben Hamer is expected to start in goal, while Laurent Depoitre is close to full fitness.
This should be a straight forward home win. The focus will be on the approach of Mauricio Pochettino, as he has to be thinking about the Champions League. It would be wise for him to put a full-strength team out and get the job done quickly against a poor Huddersfield team. This would allow him to rest players in the second half. They have started well in the new stadium, and they should make it three out of three on Saturday.
Tottenham 4-0 Huddersfield