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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Injuries may help us in the second half of the season

Our lead up to Christmas hasn't been too bad and we now sit just a single point behind Arsenal and three points behind Manchester City, but with a better goal difference.

Our next five games are:
🔴 Southampton (A) Wed 28 Dec‬
🔴 Watford (A) Sun 1 Jan‬
🔵 Chelsea (H) Wed 4 Jan‬
🔵 Aston Villa (H) Sun 8 Jan 🏆
🔵 WBA (H) Sat 14 Jan‬

Southampton currently sit 7th in the table, although on home form alone they sit 10th, having won 4, drawn 3 and lost just 1. They have scored 8 goals and only let in 5 in those games, clearly then this is going to be a tough encounter.

Away from home we sit 6th, having won 2, drawn 4 and lost 2, scoring 10 goals and letting in 7.

Then we play Watford who sit 12th and on home form are 14th having won 4, drawn 1 and lost 3, scoring 13 goals and letting in 12.

We have to maintain the pressure, or increase it, at the top and thus six points from these next two games will go a way to achieving that, depending upon other results. Burnley showed us that teams can make it hard for us. I thought we would struggle against them and the scoreline showed we did. Both Southampton and Watford will be tough games, but games we need to find a way to win.

With the second half of the season approaching we need to put a run together and improve our form. As Danny Rose said, we are only operating at 60% at the moment and that will not be enough in the second half of the season, although hopefully we have had our injuries for the season now.

In a way they may have done us a favour, Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele have all had a rest to recharge their batteries and refresh their minds. All three played a lot of football last season, that rest should hold them in good stead for the season's second half.

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