Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Brighton

Mourinho has promised big changes to his team following that loss in Belgium with up to six new faces in line to start against the Seagulls.

Toby Alderweireld and Matt Doherty are certain to return in defence with Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also pushing for a starting place.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min started on the bench against Antwerp and Spurs’ in form duo will be looking to continue their impressive recent form.

Brighton on the other hand are wildly out of form with Graham Potter’s side without a win in their last five matches.

And Potter has no new updates on the injury front with Alireza Jahanbaksh and Davy Propper still sidelined and skipper Lewis Dunk still suspended.

Kick off is a late one tomorrow night with a 7.15pm start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Tottenham

The Clarets are yet to win in the Premier League this season and Sean Dyche is battling against a constant injury crisis.

Key trio Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley all remain sidelined through injury but Matt Lowton and Erik Pieters could make the squad.

Spurs have been one of the Premier League’s most exciting sides in recent weeks but Mourinho will be unhappy with their defensive record.

His side surrendered a three-goal lead against West Ham last weekend and the Portuguese boss is set to make changes.

Eric Dier will come into the side if he passes a late fitness test and Gareth Bale looks certain to make his first Spurs start since 2013.

And it’s set for a late night in Lancashire with an 8pm kick off at Turf Moor.

Injury blow for Tottenham

The north London club have earned that nickname over the years for being flaky, losing from winning positions and not turning up at big moments.

The 3-3 draw against the Hammers certainly fits into that category as, winning 3-0, they conceded three goals in the last eight minutes to drop two points.

But Mourinho says failure to defend set-pieces was the main cause of the slip.

“To be honest, what happened is a little bit out of context from what happened the rest of the season,” he said. “Against Southampton we were losing and we were strong enough to change the result.

“At Manchester United the worst thing happened, which was after one minute we were losing and we were strong enough to change that result.

“Against Newcastle, we were solid, we weren’t playing amazing, we were solid, and then what happened is one of the beauties of the VAR this season. So this game was completely out of context.

“I believe that winning 3-0 in minute 80 we could play 50 more matches and it’s not going to happen again. So I don’t want to be sticking on this and stories about ‘Spursy’, or this kind of thing.

“We have to just defend better at set-pieces, because even defensively the team is playing very well.

“We conceded one single goal from open play against Southampton, one. Apart from that penalties, lateral free-kicks, VAR goals, and we are quite solid.”

Spurs have a chance to put things right when they open their Europa League group campaign against LASK Linz on Thursday.

It is the third time Mourinho is playing in the competition and, having won it twice previously, the Portuguese is targeting a hat-trick.

“We’re going to try,” he said. “It’s the third time I played the competition and the other two times, one with Porto and one with United, we managed to win it.

“So the record in the Europa League is great, never knocked out. Of course, lost a few matches in the group phase but managed always to win it.

“It is difficult, it is a very long competition, the group phase is tricky, then you go to the knockouts and you get teams coming from the Champions League which is very unfair.

“If you play Champions League and you don’t qualify you go home. In the Europa League group phase if you finish third you go home, you don’t have another competition to play.”

Mourinho refused to say whether Gareth Bale would start against the Austrian side and only confirmed that Davinson Sanchez, who was on pre-match media duty, would be in his starting XI.

Eric Dier (hamstring) and Japhet Tanganga (thigh) are out, but Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso are back after missing the West Ham match.

One man who will not be involved is defender Danny Rose, who has been left out of Mourinho’s 25-man Premier League and Europa League squads.

Rose, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle, is not in Mourinho’s plans at Spurs, but could not find a club to take him during the recent transfer window.

“Danny is not part of our squad. Danny wanted very, very, very much to leave in the January window last season. Why? Because he wanted to play and play and play,” Mourinho said.

“He went to Newcastle and in that moment I had immediately the feeling that a player with his mentality, his desire of being always first choice, always because he didn’t hide that he was thinking of the national team and the Euros, I always thought that our future would be Ben Davies and, at that time Ryan Sessegnon.

“Then later we got the opportunity to get (Sergio) Reguilon and that was also good for Ryan because it gave him the possibility to leave and to play and to have this experience in Germany (on loan at Hoffenheim), also for a kid to grow up it was great for us.

“So in this moment we had Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon and Reguilon. It’s as simple as that. Danny didn’t become part of our plans.

“Then the market, the market, the players make the market, the agents make the player’s market. If he didn’t find any solution that he was happy to move, it’s something you have to ask him.”

West Ham secured dramatic late 3-3 Premier League draw at Tottenham

Kane and Son looked to have this game wrapped up with three goals inside the first 15 minutes but an incredible late comeback from the Hammers secured a dramatic draw.

Spurs have been quick starters recent weeks but Son’s 45 second opener flew past Lukasz Fabianksi before Jose Mourinho had even taken his seat.

And there was no letting up from the hosts as West Ham simply froze in the opening stages.

The Son and Kane dream team linked up again on four minutes as Kane rolled away from Fabien Balbuena and powered home.

And with the Hammers still rocking from Kane’s first goal, he added his second on 15 minutes.

Son freed Sergio Reguilon in behind and the Spaniard’s cross into the box was bulleted home by Kane.

With Spurs in danger of running riot after the break, Moyes was forced to change his approach after the break and Pablo Fornals missed a massive opportunity after the restart.

Mourinho threw on Gareth Bale for his second Spurs debut and the Welshman almost made an immediate impact as Kane hammered his pass against the post.

West Ham sensed their chance following that miss as Balbuena powered home Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

That threw the cat amongst the pigeons for Spurs in the final minutes as Davinson Sanchez sliced Vladimir Coufal’s cross past Hugo Lloris.

And just as Spurs looked primed to hang on in the final seconds Manuel Lanzini nailed in an absolute thunderbolt.


Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham

And there could be a boost in the shape of Gareth Bale returning to full fitness, as the Welshman has been in full training during the break. Mourinho has said that he could feature on Sunday, likely from the bench.

Eric Dier missed England’s game with Denmark on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and needs to be assessed, with Toby Alderweireld on standby to deputise. Giovanni Lo Celso will miss the game through injury, as will Japhet Tanganga.

West Ham will welcome back David Moyes to the touchline after he missed the last two games quarantining after contracting COVID-19, and he’ll be hoping to carry on the winning streak after Alan Irvine oversaw two wins against Wolves and Leicester in his absence.

Moyes has said he’s feeling fine and he’s happy with how dangerous his side look, after a poor start to the season which saw them lose to Newcastle and Arsenal before turning things around.

Arthur Masuaku, Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop are all doubtful for the Hammers, with Vladimir Coufal likely to continue at right-back in place of Fredericks after a solid debut.

There was frustration in the transfer market as Said Benrahma’s move from Brentford collapsed after a failed medical on Friday, meaning the club will go until at least January with a winger less than they started the season with, after Felipe Anderson left for Porto earlier this month.

Tottenham Hotspur continue Rodon pursuit

Spurs are in the market for a new centre back, and after a move for Inter Milan player Milan Skriniar didn’t come off, attentions have now turned to the Wales international.

The 22-year-old has impressed for Swansea since his debut in 2018, and his attributes have been likened to former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand.

With West Ham and Leicester also interested, Spurs are poised to strike up a deal with Swansea for Rodon’s services.

However, asking price may be a sticking point, with Swansea wanting £20m for the defender.

With just 50 Championship appearances under his belt, Tottenham may view this as a steep price considering Wolves man Matt Doherty – one of the most creative Premier League defenders – only cost them £13m earlier in the window.

Furthermore, Real Madrid full back Sergio Reguilon only set back Daniel Levy £28m, so on that basis the fee for Rodon may well be negotiated ahead of the transfer deadline on October 16th.

Leicester City and Tottenham to do battle over Swansea City’s Joe Rodon

Spurs have been heavily linked with the Welsh international during the extended EFL transfer window as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his defensive options.

However, with chairman Daniel levy looking to drive Swansea’s asking price down from £20m to around £15m, the Foxes could now move in with a last minute bid.

Brendan Rodgers has already secured a deal for St. Etienne centre back Wesley Fofana but Rodon is viewed as a long term partner for the Frenchman.

Tottenham thrash Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford

Tottenham were helped by some dreadful United defending, as goals from Son-Heung Min, Harry Kane, Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier secured a dominant Old Trafford win.

Both teams were quick out of the blocks, with three goals inside the first 10 minutes.

Bruno Fernandes’ penalty handed United a second minute lead but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side found themselves 2-1 behind in the blink of an eye.

Harry Maguire’s error gifted Ndombele an equaliser before Kane released Son from a quick free kick two minutes later.

With United unable to react, the visitors kept on coming in waves as David De Gea denied Kane and Aurier.

However, United’s problems went from bad to worse on the half hour mark as Anthony Marital was sent off for clashing with Erik Lamela and Kane pounced on another defensive error to make it 3-1.

But despite United looking dead buried before the break, Spurs showed them no mercy, as Son’s clipped home Aurier’s cross.

United tried to reshuffle during the break, but there was no stopping Spurs, as Aurier raced in behind Luke Shaw to make it 5-1.

As the hosts looked to batten hatches down the hatches it could have been a cricket score in the closing stages.

But in the end, Spurs had to settle for six as Kane fired home from the penalty spot.


Premier League: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Both sides will have lofty ambitions this season, with managers Solskjaer and Mourinho respectively knowing the task at hand to ensure a successful campaign.

However both bosses need some work on their banter, with perhaps the worst exchange of insults in living memory taking place over the past week.

Sparks always seem to fly when Jose Mourinho returns to one of his old stomping grounds, and although it isn’t the first time he has returned to Old Trafford since his dismissal as United boss, the Spurs gaffer will no doubt be extra motivated to pick up the win.

Mourinho won the Europa League with United when he was manager, and now his Spurs outfit have qualified for the group stages thanks to a 7-2 win over Israeli side Maccabi Haifa midweek.

Qualifying for the Europa League can be a burden in the early stages of the season, and Tottenham could well be feeling the fatigue of a punishing Thursday-Sunday schedule in recent weeks.

Manchester United have arguably looked the more jaded though, with last week’s get-out-of-jail free card against Brighton a controversial penalty, which was converted by Bruno Fernandes for all three points.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows his players will need to perform considerably better against Spurs than they did against the Seagulls, but the Norwegian has also been banging the drum about a need for new players.

Interest in Jadon Sancho continues to fuel speculation, whilst the latest reports suggest Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is a potential target before the closure of the transfer window on Monday.

United were also said to be once keen on now-Spurs duo Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, with the Spaniard expected to start on Sunday whilst club-legend Bale is out until after the international break.

A blow for Mourinho is the expected absence of Heung-Min Son – the forward is a major doubt for the weekend due to a thigh strain.

Giovani Lo Celso is also likely to miss out for Tottenham with muscle tightness.

For Manchester United, the usual suspects remain out with Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones both definitely sidelined, but concerns have been raised over the fitness of Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.

The key duo picked up slight knocks in the Carabao Cup midweek and will be assessed ahead of the game.

United fans are also keen to see if Dean Henderson will get the nod over David De Gea, with the young goalkeeper chomping at the bit to prove himself at the club.

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur is on Sunday 3rd October.

Inter’s Skriniar on Spurs radar

The highly-rated Slovakian international has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, but in recent days has received a ‘very tempting’ offer from Spurs.

Inter Milan website FCInterNews – as picked up by Sport Witness – claim that Tottenham have offered Skriniar a 5-year deal in North London, which will see him collect around £90,000 a week in wages.

The 25-year-old is said to be happy in Serie A, and keen to remain in Milan.

However, discussions continue over a fee for the player, with Spurs initially earmarking around €35m for the defender’s signature, but the Nerazzurri holding out for an offer closer to €50m.

It’s likely Tottenham will return with an official €45m-plus-bonuses bid in the coming days, which should be enough to convince Inter to sell Skriniar.

With Spurs defender Juan Foyth on the radar of Fulham, and Tottenham prepared to sell him for €10m, it’s claimed the revenue from Foyth’s sale will go towards the Skriniar deal.

Last-Gasp Newcastle Snatch 1-1 Premier League Draw at Tottenham

The Magpies failed to register a shot on target until the 97th minute, against an absolutely dominant Spurs.

But with referee Peter Bankes seconds away from blowing the final whistle, he controversially awarded a spot kick, allowing Callum Wilson to smash home.

Spurs were on top right from the word go in this one, as Karl Darlow produced two brilliant saves form Harry Kane inside the first ten minutes.

And with all the pressure on Darlow’s goal in the opening stages, it was only a matter of time before Spurs found a breakthrough.

Kane was at the heart of it again for Jose Mourinho’s side, as he skipped past Issac Hayden and laid it on a plate for Lucas Moura to tap home.

There was no slowing down from Tottenham before the break, as Son Heung-min crashed two efforts against the woodwork and England international Eric Dier headed a corner just wide.

Spurs picked up where they left off after the break, as Darlow provided a one-man barrier denying Moura, Kane and Giovani Lo Celso.

Steve Bruce threw on Jacob Murphy and Andy Carroll to try and haul his side into it late on, but with the Magpies unable to break Spurs’ stranglehold, they were given a huge helping hand in added time.

Carroll’s knock down caught Dier on the arm and after a long VAR check Bankes enraged the hosts by giving the penalty.

With Spurs players incensed by the call, Wilson kept his cool to fire past Hugo Lloris as a livid Kane was given his marching orders by Bankes after the final whistle.


Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Since losing to Everton on the opening day of the Premier League season, Jose Mourinho’s side have won both of their Europa League fixtures, as well as blowing away Southampton in domestic action last weekend.

Heung-Min Son scored four goals that afternoon and will be looking for more against Steve Bruce’s Newcastle side, who shipped three in a poor display against Brighton last time out.

Spurs, three days after a long trip to North Macedonia where they beat KF Shkendija 3-1, are expected to welcome back Hugo Lloris after giving him the night off as well as Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Matt Doherty and former Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who were all also afforded at least a partial rest in Eastern Europe.

As for Newcastle, they’re expected to be without Jamal Lewis, who suffered an eye injury after a clash with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma. The former Norwich left-back was caught by a flying boot from the midfielder and has swelling and a cut around his eye.

Allan Saint-Maximin also went off early against the Seagulls and is likely to also miss out, with a sprained ankle not healing in time to feature. Ryan Fraser could come in for his first start as a Newcastle player after playing just the second half against Morecambe in the week as he rebuilds his match fitness.

Miguel Almiron is also set to start for the Geordies, with Bruce suggesting in his Friday press conference that the Paraguayan has been unlucky to not start any of Newcastle’s first two Premier League games.

Joelinton scored twice in the Carabao Cup in midweek and managed to score one of his two league goals against Spurs last season but isn’t likely to start, with Almiron taking Andy Carroll’s place in the starting XI.

Tottenham take on Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, September 27th at 2pm.