Tottenham visit Cardiff City this Sunday and they could be in for a very long day at the office.
Tottenham head into this weekend’s Premier League action knowing if they put three points on the board and other results go their way, they could end up at the top of the Premier League table.
The aim for Cardiff is quite clear; put another number in the win column and maintain their unbeaten home record this season. If they pull it off then they should make it into the top half of the table.
It will be an interesting clash between two very different teams and the key stats for this game point towards a recipe for potential disaster.
Tottenham’s stats in an attacking sense this season have been superb. They lead the averages in terms of shots per game (19) and average number of dribbles per match (17.3).
What should concern Spurs about those numbers is how exactly Cardiff are going to counter them because if they try and match up against the North London team in those areas, they could get turned over.
However, Cardiff are in the top seven for interceptions this season with 14 per game on average and they have been superbly disciplined in terms of tackling and no team gives away fewer fouls on average.
Needless to say that’s led to Cardiff having one of the best disciplinary records this season with just four yellow cards received to date.
What that should tell AVB and Tottenham is that Cardiff are a very well organised side, superb with their timing when it comes to trying to win the ball back and the way they go about it.
Cardiff will try and attack because they’re the home side but Spurs are retaining possession well this season with 58% of the ball in games so far.
Cardiff won’t use a park the bus style tactic but they have proven difficult to break down and they could frustrate Tottenham.
It’s very important for AVB to have a plan B for this game because it could shape up to be a classic example of a determined home side soaking up pressure from a talented attacking team before pushing on to steal a result.
Cardiff are not a side that get intimidated and they will not be drawn into stupid challenges. If Spurs want three points, patience and the ability to adapt will be key.
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