Tottenham will look to continue their strong start to the new season with another three points on Sunday, with Hull City the visitors to White Hart Lane.
On paper the hosts will be fancied to win the clash against the newly promoted side, with the comparative difference between transfer expenditure over the summer substantial.
However, Andre Villas-Boas’ men may well find that they will not have it all their own way, with Steve Bruce’s side performing admirably in the early part of their return to the top flight.
Curtis Davies has started his time back in the Premier League in excellent form, while the collective team spirit that Bruce has drilled into his side is evident.
However, the biggest threat to Tottenham on Sunday will be one they know all too well, with Tom Huddlestone the driving force in the visitors’ midfield.
The clash will be the first time that the silky midfielder has come up against the north London side since leaving White Hart Lane in the summer, and will certainly have a point to prove to Villas-Boas, the home faithful and maybe even Roy Hodgson.
With progress on the agenda at Tottenham, Huddlestone was deemed surplus to requirements, with Etienne Capoue and Paulinho signed at great expense over the summer to be key men in the Spurs midfield alongside Sandro and Mousa Dembele.
The former Derby County man took a leap of faith in switching to a newly promoted side, but the gamble appears to be paying off straight away. Alongside Jake Livermore in the City midfield, the pair have led Hull to the top half after nine fixtures.
Such is Huddlestone’s early season form, Bruce has been campaigning the midfielder’s case for a return to the international fold ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
For Villas-Boas, he will want the likes of Paulinho and Dembele to prove their superiority over the former charge, and certainly this pair will be more mobile and dynamic that Huddlestone can ever dream of being.
However, Huddlestone’s comprehensive range of passing could well be the undoing of Tottenham, and the home midfield will need to limit the space of the deep-lying playmaker.
Huddlestone will want to put in a strong performance against his former club, and if he does Hull have a chance of getting something from the game. The home faithful will hope that Villas-Boas will not regret his decision of allowing the talented midfielder to leave once the 90 minutes is over.
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