Originally Posted by WOOLCOCK
Eh, if you beat us you'll have played well and shown yourself to be a team continually getting better and proving a bigger threat and if you lose then it'll just be another learning curve. If you beat us tomorrow I'll just accept we were below par/unlucky and await the next game and the response from the players.
Don't really see how you should be expecting a defeat though. We've played much better in the big away games this season but our game at the moment is entirely haphazard and prone to poor spells throughout a game. It really will be a battle between our attack and your defence, our midfield against your midfield and how the likes of Rafael, Ferdinand and Evra contain Lennon, Defoe & Bale. You've got the midfield, hardworking team and attacking threat to exploit us if we let our guard down or play sluggishly for an extended period of time, whilst we have the experience, the quality up front to punish any mistake/seize any opportunity as well as the pressure of keeping City at bay.
Should be a tense and entertaining game with both teams having everything to play for and matching fairly well in terms of styles and the way they like to approach a game.
We've been losing at home to you for over 10 years, there has been no learning curve about it. Granted, most of the time it has been down to some pathetic refereeing decision but still. We will HAVE to be at our best tomorrow to even get a point. Ferguson won't want Spurs doing the double over him, especially after City closed the gap.
I'm expecting a defeat because we DON'T do doubles over Man Utd. It just doesn't happen. In fact I'll be putting a lot of money on Man Utd to win to bitter the blow anyway, I saw them at odds of 13/10 the other day which is just too good to be true.
Carrick will run the game. He didn't at OT because Sandro and Dembele dominated the midfield. We have no Sandro which is a blow in itself and Dembele is off form at the moment. Parker is coming into the team and will be making his first Premier League start this season and finds himself next to Dembele, not the best game to try and forge a partnership. They didn't look too good together against QPR.
Past few years against Man Utd, Rafael ALWAYS seems to have Bale in his pocket and it will probably be the same. Sure, Bale can drift in and out but I think our danger man tomorrow will be Lennon. He is on superb form at the moment and it's a good opportunity for him to attack Evra and the Man Utd defence.
I think it will be entertaining as well as a roller coaster for hopefully both sets of fans. I think games between us are usually very entertaining and for some reason it always ends up in controversy. Hopefully none of that and just a good footballing match between two good teams.