Spurs must overcome nagging hurdles

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Saturday 12:30pm – Preview

A lost of form – A Late postponement – A fixture pile-up – there’s plenty to trouble Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur just now.

And if that isn’t enough, the Lilywhites now host a Leeds United side that has cracked in ten goals in two matches over the festive period and are looking to make headway after an indifferent start to life back in the Premier League.

Spurs will have benefited from a few extra days rest following the Fulham postponement. However, the Lilywhites are without a league win in four, a run which has seen them pick up two points from the last twelve on offer and slip from the top spot to eighth There last success a 2-0 triumph over Arsenal in N17 on December 6.

Despite Leeds’ remaining an unknown quantity, Mourinho was in no doubt his side would be facing teh real deal: “I think the Leeds that turns up is the Leeds,” he explained.

“Everybody knows the team they are, everybody knows the way they like to play and that’s it. I don’t think we’ll have any surprises in relation to the way they want to play their game.”

Jose Mourinho could be without Gareth Bale, who picked up a troublesome calf injury during the Carabao Cup win at Stoke. Meanwhile, Giovani Lo Celso remains sidelined after injuring a hamstring during the defeat to Leicester City just before Christmas.

Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius could return for the North Londoners – both were listed as doubtful ahead of the scheduled clash with Fulham.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Leeds United

Brian Jeeves

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