Past results and current form suggests Tottenham Hotspur will tame the Tigers.
While Tottenham Hotspur's plus/minus statistics almost cancel each other out, there are a number of reasons that suggest they may be able to significantly bolster that goal differential come Sunday afternoon, when they host travel sick Hull City at White Hart Lane (16:00 local time).
For all of the defensive resilience currently shown by the Lilywhites, they are yet to really put any Premier League side to the sword, a fact that goes against the very tradition that embodies Spurs' style, culture and history.
Tottenham have long had a mentality of adhering to an entertaining brand of football, high on aesthetics, excitement and collective flair, From Danny Blanchflower and Jimmy Greaves a half century ago, to Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and, most recently, Gareth Bale.
It is testament to the preventative rebuilding measures adopted by Andre Villas-Boas and bankrolled by Daniel Levy that the world record shattering transfer of Bale was not mourned too heavily by the Spurs support due to the influx of dynamic talent from the continent and, while there have been some standout individual performers... the collective are yet to truly slay a fellow English side this season.
Enter Hull City, who could be tamed, de-clawed, gobbled up and spat out before they even had a chance to retreat back up the M1 for a cup of tea in East Yorkshire. Here are five reasons why:
- Spurs are tight at the back and have kept a clean sheet in five of the eight Premier League games to date
- Hull City are continually left frustrated whenever they venture south and have claimed just a solitary point from six visits to London
- Hull are woeful on the road and their September triumph over Newcastle United in September is their only victory away from home in their last 28 Premier League matches
- Spurs are effectively emulating an old Arsenal tactic: the 'offside trap'. Spurs have caught their opponents offside 33 times to date, more than any other team in the division. This figure could be increased on Sunday as Sono Aluko gets near on caught every game
- Tottenham chase the ball when they do not have it, more so than any other team in the league as they have made 108 recoveries in the opposition half - whether this leads to a goal at the weekend remains to be seen...
Aside from a mid-month blip against West Ham United, Tottenham have been in good form, recording a hat-trick of 2-0 victories over Anzhi Makhachkala, Aston Villa and Sheriff Tiraspol.
Can they make it a fourth over Hull? Will they better those scorelines? Let us know in the comment section below...
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