Sunday we play a team which has never managed to win at OT, but still it will be a hard game for us. Hard not because of Spurs, but because of the pressure on us to finally score and convert our many attempts, chances.
But right now Tottenham exactly seems the opponent we need: Martin Jol has installed an offensive and attractive game at White Heart Lane and hardly ever Spurs lock everything down at the back. More even with the long list of injuries, Spurs won’t really be able to lock things down.
From our side, not much will change compared to our first 3 prem games. We’ll continue to play our own offensive game and will see many more chances, attempts. And hopefully our conversion rate won’t look like Michael Vaughn’s run rate this summer anymore after the game.
In the attacking department there’s positive news: Saha is expected to debute on the bench and might even make a first run out this season, after a long absence from the game since March 2007.
It still is too early for Neville to return, but he should be fit in 2 weeks.
VDS also is said to be fit after his clash with the Dutch national team.
I don’t expect any changes in last week’s line up, so probably we’ll start with this team:
Goal : EVDS
Defense : Brown, Rio, Vidic, Evra
Midfield : Carrick, Hargreaves, Scholes, Nani, Giggs
Attack : Tevez