The return of the premier league (and my bad luck)

So the premier league was back from its break and I decided that it would be a good time to continue with my betting posts series.

The bet

Everton vs West Ham – draw
Stoke vs Burnley – Stoke
Newcastle vs QPR – Newcastle

The results

For the Everton game I wasn’t sure wether to go for an Everton win or a draw I went for the draw as it was at a good price and both teams seem to be pretty even in terms of form. Lukaku scored at 26 mins making it 1-0. I wasn’t worried at the time as I knew that there was still time for West Ham to come back and get the equaliser. The equaliser came at 56 minutes after a deflected Zarate shot went in. The lead only lasted 17 minutes Everton went back in front and ruined my treble.

Stoke went 2-0 down early, and weren’t able to come back. They scored one in the first half, but it wasn’t enough, Burnley were able to hold on and take the three points.

The only game I got right was the Newcastle one, but by that time it didn’t even matter anymore.

So far
Placed: 4.00
Returned: 0.00

Conclusion
Either I don’t know enough about football to do this or it is too difficult, I’m going to go with it being too hard! Hopefully I might actually get a return next time i do it!

The Not so Fantastic Four

After conceding four to City in our last game, I’m going to look at the four main problems with the Spurs at the moment.

Lamela

I do not normally like to say a bad word about lamela, he hasn’t had much time at the club, but I do feel he needs to improve. He’s to blame for the goal against Arsenal, the first against City and arguably the first penalty (although I would’ve had it down as a dive). He certainly has some quality, but he’s not showing it at the moment and his mistakes are showing to be costly. I feel his place should be given to someone else, until he can prove he deserves it.

Individual errors

Time and time again you see our players make mistakes. I’ve just singled out Lamela, but he’s not the only one, many others make mistakes that lead to goals. This is something that needs to be stopped, otherwise points will be thrown away, and there won’t be any chance of us getting top 4.

No consistent striker

We don’t have a striker that scores regularly. Adebayor literally scores when he wants, if he can be bothered he is brilliant, if he isn’t bothered, he is terrible. Soldado proved he is a good player, with his performance against City, but he still hasn’t got his goal scoring record on track. He missed a penalty, but had a much better overall game than Adebayor has had recently. We really do need to buy a striker in January.

Mentality

We need to sort it out in two ways.

The first is the fans. They treat Spurs as a top 4 club, which we are not. When a player misplaces a pass, there’s moans around the stadium, the players are not perfect, we as the fans, need to get off their backs and start supporting them. I really think the atmosphere needs to improve, it can only have a positive impact on the players. If we stop having such a high expectation it will take the pressure off the players and help them to play well.

The players also need to change their mentality. When we are down by a goal or two the players seem to almost give up – it doesn’t seem like they want to try to make a comeback. If you look at the Man City game, we did initially do well to equalise, but then at 3-1 we didn’t go for it anymore, whether this was because we were a man down I don’t know. There was one point that stood out to me the most, Townsend had run to the City half, but there wasn’t anyone in the box, Eriksen and Soldado were the closest but neither were in a good position. It’s almost as if the players had given up hope for the game by that point. Maybe if the atmosphere was better, it would rally the players more in these situations and make them want to keep going.

Spurs vs WBA and general review

After the West Brom game I thought it was necessary to share my thoughts on the game, and the season so far.

First half
In the first half we seemed to struggle to do anything, most of the time we were just hitting long hopeful balls to Adebayor, which didn’t go very well. West Brom had the better chances.

Second half
We tended to pass the ball into the middle and then get crowded out. Lamela was constantly asking for the ball, but didn’t have many options when receiving it. West brom scored from a corner, no one was marking properly and they scored.

Our performances
From what I’ve seen so far, we can keep the ball fairly well and not make too many mistakes, although when we play out of defence, it does seem to be quite poor. Lamela wants the ball all the time and wants to do well which is great. Chadli is very inconsistent, sometimes he will play well, sometimes he will be invisible. What seems to be our key problem is we don’t have someone that will take a shot, everyone is looking for a pass, that’s what we miss from Defoe or even Townsend. If we don’t shoot we can’t score.

Atmosphere
Our atmosphere at Spurs still isn’t as good as it should be and I pin it down to one thing, the fans expectations. The fans seem to have a mentality of a top 4 club, but currently we are not one. This leads the fans to get frustrated easily as a top 4 club should be doing better. Until we get top 4 on a regular basis, we can’t afford to have this mentality as it will lead to disappointment.

What our aims should be
We don’t have much of a chance of getting top 4 this year, with the amount of teams competing for it. I think we should aim for a trophy, wether that be the europa league or the fa cup, any trophy would make it a successful season.