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7:16 pm
Tottenham Hotspur hammered Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at White Hart Lane today in a one sided affair that could have been worse for the visitors.




Week 2
Date:24 August 2014
Kick off:13:30

Former boss Harry Redknapp and former Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle have a lot of work to do to put QPR right as they were ripped apart at will by a rampant Spurs enjoying their football again. Quite frankly it was a stroll in the park and a nice way to start the new season at home after scrapping to a 10 man success last week. This will give the side confidence going into the game against Liverpool next Sunday.

Eik Lamela affected the UEFA Europa League tie on Thursday when he came on after 72 minutes and now here he was affecting an English Premier League (EPL) game and showing why we paid £30 million ($49.72m - €37.54m) for him. Another game that will further boost his confidence. A different kettle of fish for Roberto Soldado though as he now appears to be third choice striker behind Harry Kane, who has been brought on ahead of him in the first two league fixtures.

The goals are analysed by former Chelsea and Aston Villa player Andy Townsend, who played in two World Cups for the Republic of Ireland and former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley, himself a player at several clubs including West Ham United.

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Spurs 4 QPR 0 - as it happened

3:37 pm

Tottenham Hotspur 4 QPR 0

Tottenham totally controlled the game and thrashed QPR 4-0, it could easily have been double. The match as it happened.

10m Bentaleb cross Adebayor header over
11m Eriksen, Capoue challenge Remy in midfield, Bentaleb breaks passes to Adebayor, cross for Chadli, clips it over an advancing keeper at the far post 1-0
15m Dier loses ball with poor pass to Bentaleb who hadn't read the game and advanced just too far, danger is nullified though
19m Brilliant ball from Bentaleb through the middle but nothing comes of it
20m Long ball for Remy, he turns inside onto his right and he puts it over the bar, too easy
23m Free kick and Eriksen hits the bar
26m Poor Bentaleb pass puts us under pressure but nullified
29m Lamela corner won by Dier and a belting near post Dier header 2-0
31m Bentaleb shot blocked
37m Lamela body turn runs past several player and a cross for Chadli to head home 3-0
39m Lazy Bentaleb pass gives ball away but we win it straight back
43m Great Eriksen run, throw from Rose finds him, ball falls to Adebayor who shoots but it's blocked
Half time 3-0

47m Dier wins the ball near touch line, pass to Lamela shoots over from outside box
48m Caulker free header from corner, wide
53m Adebayor steals the ball, passes to Lamela who should do better, doesn't beat Ferdinand, goal kick
56m Fast break, Eriksen to Adebayor, back to Eriksen, shot blocked from 12 yards
58m Eriksen shoots over from 25 yards
59m SUB Dembele for Bentaleb to give him a rest a Dembele to get match fit
61m QPR corner causes problems but cleared
63m Kaboul error, poor header puts us under pressure, cleared by Capoue
65m Rose overlaps down the left played in by Chadli, his first time cross into the path of Adebayor is perfect for him to first time side foot it into the corner of the net 4-0
67m SUB Kane on for Chadli
73m Kane wins the ball, Adebayor tales over and tries to play Lamela in, ball was just cut out
74m Lamela cuts inside shoots and Green has to stop Kane latching onto the rebound
78m SUB Adebayor off, Soldado on
80m Quick Soldado throw and Lamela is nearly in, throw just too hard
83m Thrugh ball to Rose behind the defence is not quite hard enough
87m Sloppy defending, Kaboul knocks it to Zamora who puts it in row Z!
88m Remy collects the ball wide, cuts inside and from 20 yards shoots high and wide
89m Lamela to Dembele who turns and blasts over from 25 yards
91m Remy cuts in from left, shot blocked
92m Caulker free header from 3 yards out and puts it inexplicably wide
Result 4-0

Spurs 4 QPR 0 - as it happened Spurs 4 QPR 0 - as it happened Reviewed by THBlogNews on 3:37 pm Rating: 5

Hull draw, Sunderland win

10:45 am
Three games today in the English Premier League (EPL) so let's take a look at two of them, I don't bet or predict Spurs results, a bit of superstition, they always seemed to lose when I do so haven't done so for over 30 years, not going to start now.

Super Sunday predictions

It was another good week on the betting side, had a Betfred bundle up last week £5 at 6/1 netting me £35, then a £5 treble on Betfair netting me £15.89 followed by a small £5 double on Sunday coming up also.

The rolling accumulator below I backed on Betfair, which lost, but I invested some of last weeks cash winnings from my local bookmaker in a fourfold, Swansea, Watford, Swindon and Rangers. All won and the £28 bet netted me £156. The evening £15 on Porto and Sporting (Lisbon) also came up with two 1-0 wins so I'll be collecting another £27 today.

After 2 weeks I've got £168 for my next investments. Iv'e only spent my original £5 which i now have back and can play with the enemies money. I can bet with a sizeable chunk next week or mid week perhaps, we'll see what is on offer. At this stage there is nothing of interest today.

English Premier League (EPL) Predictions - Sunday

Hull City v Stoke City

Hull City are a club I quite like for some reason, not a big boy they did well to stay in the division when they were promoted and in Steve Bruce they have a manager who always seems to be fighting at the wrong end of the table. Bruce has previously given me the impression he wasn't quite good enough for the Premier League but an FA Cup Final and some good work in the transfer market is happily showing that not to be the case.

Perhaps he fits Hull and Hull fits him, that is what we at Spurs have been trying to find ourselves. Huddlestone and Livermore, potentially Dawson, give the Humberside club a Tottenham flavour. Spurs were also linked with Tom Ince but he is now at Hull while shrewd signing Robert Snodgrass is out with a long term injury. They had good home form last season which for a time saw them in the top half of the table, eventually finishing 16th. This season they have started with 1-0 win over QPR away from home so this is an opportunity to secure six from six.

Stoke City are now managed by Mark Hughes who has blotted his copybook recently getting QPR into a mess and not doing much better at his previous club Fulham. Tony Pulis was never going to be an easy man to replace but Hughes is doing a decent job with no money. They remain a tough side to beat, even tougher at home. They can play some decent football and have made some interesting signings, Victor Moses will need to show why so much money was paid for him and getting Bojan Krkic from Barcelona was a surprise, he is an unfulfilled talent.

Result: Draw

Sunderland v Manchester United

Sunderland are managed by former Tottenham player and coach Gus Poyet who put a remarkable run together to stay up last season. Getting hold of Jack Rodwell for £10 million ($16.57m - €12.51m) was a good piece of business. Poyet has set about reshaping and upgrading the Sunderland squad but it is early days. Last week they drew 2-2 away to WBA, the home draw specialists and back at home they may be a tougher nut to crack today than many people think.

Former Tottenham managerial target Louis Van Gaal, who preferred to wait for the money that wasn't afforded to David Moyes, took over at Manchester United after the World Cup and watched his weak defence ship two goals in a home defeat to Swansea. United have been spending money like confetti this summer, the £27 million ($44.75m - €33.79m) for Luke Shaw is just stupid money, his true value is half that.

As an attacking force there are always goals, but until his players get used to a new system the defence will be shaky and results can not be relied upon. Certainly for that reason alone I wouldn't be considering United as certainties in any game so despite many seeing this as an easy victory, I don't.

Result: Sunderland win

English Premier League (EPL) Predictions - Saturday

Aston Villa v Newcastle United - Draw - CORRECT
Chelsea v Leicester City - Chelsea win - CORRECT
Crystal Palace v West Ham United - WHU win - CORRECT
Southampton v WBA - Southampton win - WRONG
Swansea v Burnley - Swansea win - CORRECT
Everton v Arsenal - Everton win - WRONG

Rolling Accumulator

Wigan to beat Blackpool - WON
Preston to beat Oldham - WON
AFC Wimbledon to beat Hartlepool - LOST

Hull draw, Sunderland win Hull draw, Sunderland win Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:45 am Rating: 5

Spurs v QPR Expected XI

8:30 am

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Sunday 24th August 2014
Kick-off: 13:30
English Premier League (EPL)
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Managers: Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Harry Redknapp (QPR)
Head-to-head league record: Tottenham wins 18, draws 15, QPR wins 13

There are unlikely to be any surprises with team selection given that 5 players were left behind from the trip to Cyprus. It should be safe to assume they will be playing on Sunday, given they were all selected for the first game of the new season against West Ham United last Saturday. The only question surrounds who plays at centre-back.

The five who were rested and didn't travel were:

TogoFWEmmanuel Adebayor
EnglandMFAaron Lennon
FranceDFYounès Kaboul
Denmark MFChristian Eriksen
FranceMFÉtienne Capoue

And the one player who did travel but didn't play was:
Danny Rose

With Kyle Naughton receiving a red card last week he is suspended so Eric Dier is likely to move back to right-back from where he scored the winner in injury time against West Ham.

Younès Kaboul is certain to start having been rested which leaves a choice of either Michael Dawson who while on the bench last week wasn't fit enough to come on and Jan Vertonghen who played his first game of what for him is still pre-season on Thursday. How he recovers will have to be monitored as we wouldn't want him coming down with an injury this early in the season due to tiredness.

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If he is deemed to have recovered well enough then he'll take his place alongside Kaboul but if not Dawson will slot into the right side of a central pairing with Kaboul moving over to the left.

That is likely to be the only change from the opening game leaving Étienne Capoue to resume his defensive midfield role alongside Nabil Bentaleb.

The expected Spurs XI (4-2-3-1):
Head Coach: Argentina Mauricio Pochettino
Captain:  France
Younès Kaboul

1  France
Hugo Lloris

Eric Dier
4  France
Younès Kaboul
5  Belgium
Jan Vertonghen
3  England
Danny Rose

Étienne Capoue
Nabil Bentaleb

Érik Lamela
Christian Eriksen
7  England
Aaron Lennon

Emmanuel Adebayor

24United States
Brad Friedel
Michael Dawson ( club captain)
Ben Davies
Lewis Holtby
Andros Townsend
Harry Kane
9  Spain
Roberto Soldado

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Premier League Predictions

8:30 am
Saturday is upon us once again and the weekly battle with the bookie to prise some money from his purse. A successful time last week with a policy I'm using this season so I'll look to add to the pot over the weekend.

Premier League Predictions

Engliah Premier League fixtures (EPL)

Aston Villa v Newcastle United

The first of a few tough fixtures this weekend, Aston Villa are for sale with Randy Lerner trying to find a buyer, as such there has been little money to strengthen the squad. You would expect them to have another battle against relegation but got off to a good start last week with a surprise 1-0 win away to Stoke City, never an easy place to pick up points.

Newcastle United seem to be in permanent problems and had a very tough opening fixture against Manchester City which they lost 2-0 at home. They have made some decent signings though, Daryl Janmaat is the Dutch right-back we were linked with, while two move we were strongly liked with goalkeeper Karl Darlow and centre-back Jamaal Lascelles have been loaned back to Nottingham Forest. Dutch attacking midfielder Siem de Jong may hold the key to their season.

Aston Villa would hope to pick up home points but this is a game where Newcastle will feel they get collect three points.

Result: Draw

Chelsea v Leicester City

Chelsea are many people's favourites for the title, including mine in what looks a two horse race. Diego Costa is a goalscorer who will bang in the goals and provide them with the ingredient they were missing last season, if he gets injured though the back up options are weak.

Leicester City were promoted last season and look set for a season of struggle as they try to get a foothold in the Premier League. A successful season is staying in the league however it is achieved. Marc Albrighton and Matthew Upson provide some needed Premier League experience but for the rest it will be a tough learning curve when the initial exuberance has worn off. They put in a decent show last week with a draw against Everton but it's impossible to see them get anything at Stamford Bridge.

Result: Chelsea win

Crystal Palace v West Ham United

Crystal Palace were looking like a mid table side under Tony Pulis and then he departs 2 days before the season over transfer money. He turned a side who had a 17% win rate into one with a 40+% win rate with the same players, that says it all. Without a manager having appointed one who has now been reported to the FA and is in the middle of a media circus, they withdrew the offer. A relegation battle now stars Palace in the face.

West Ham ought to be able to see them off, if they can find goals from somewhere. Had Noble scored his penalty they would have beaten out 10 men but they looked toothless after that. Carlton Cole is never going to score a hatful of goals, he's the modern day Emile Heskey, works for the team but doesn't score. They need Enner Valencia as soon as they can get him fit and he'll cause problems with his aerial ability.

Result: West Ham win

Southampton v WBA

Southampton has sold a sack load of players as we know and now reneged on a promise to sell Morgan Schneiderlin according to the player. How they will fare this year is not easy to assess, certainly they wont finish as high as eighth this season but how far they sink down the table remains to be seen. It will be a season of constantly looking over their shoulder and you'd expect a bottom half finish.

WBA are a strong candidate to go down. They have a manager new to the Premier League, have had no money to spend but did do well to get Joleon Lescott on a free transfer. He will be a key figure they must keep fit. If he gets injured I'd expect their results to suffer. Home form will be key, I'd expect them to struggle away, starting today.

Result: Southampton win

Swansea v Burnley

Swansea are a club that play nice passing football and the type of club you want and hope stay in the division. Our own Tom Carroll has now gone there on a season long loan and Gylfi Sigurdsson has returned there, scoring last week in their win at Old Trafford. Importantly they have strikers, Wilfried Bony will always score goals and their free transfer signing on big wages, Befatimbi Gomes banged them in in France.

Burnley simply don't have the budget to compete at this level and you'd expect them to finish bottom of the table, pick up a few years nice parachute payments to put the club on a sound financial footing. Parachute payments basically disappear in wages but if a side keeps its wages under tight control then the payment can actually make a difference to the club, instead of going the way of Blackpool. I'm convinced that is how Burnley have approached this season and picking up points will be a tough task. AS with all promoted side home form is key.

Result: Swansea win

Everton v Arsenal

The late kick-off game sees Everton who generally do very well at home play Arsenal to are trying to bed in new signings. It is important for any side to have goalscorers so Tottenham target Romelu Lukaku was an important signing for them, if a little over priced at £28 million. Martinez did well changing their style quickly last season but with players so used to playing together perhaps that is not so surprising. Gareth Barry has also returned there so beating them is always going to be difficult with so mush familiarity.

Arsenal have spent some money having decided their existing policy didn't work. How Sanchez fares in the Premier League we'll have to wait and see but success is not guaranteed. Their buys with Premier League experience, Callum Chambers from Southampton and Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United look sound buy who won't take long to adapt. Arsenal consistently play to the end and frequently score late goals as they did last week to secure a victory so you'll need to wait until the whistle has blown to pick up your Everton winnings.

Result: Everton win

Rolling Accumulator

This season I have begun a rolling accumulator where instead of trying to win big off the bookies each week I do it over a period of time. If my bet wins I place it all on the next one stopping when I feel the time is right but trying to turn £10 into £1,000 is the aim.

As it stands at this stage with late research still to do the games I'm interested in are:

Wigan to beat Blackpool
Preston to beat Oldham
AFC Wimbledon to beat Hartlepool

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It's back, the Premier League (EPL) 2014/15

12:30 pm
Today 3pm and the season kicks-off in the richest league in the world, with what will be once again a season with rare Saturday fixtures for us Spurs fans.

It's back, the Premier League (EPL) 2014/15

The wait has been too long for the Premier League (EPL) 2014/15 but finally it's here. We can forget transfer speculation and soap operas for a bit and concentrate on the football.

The league generates billions of pounds and is the most watched league in the world, being as it is broadcast in more countries than any other league. It's the league the world wants to watch because the football is different, it's faster, it's more physical, it has more action and it's more end to end stuff, in short it's the most entertaining so people want to watch it.

Burnley are newly promoted but haven't any experience to their squad, a dangerous ploy that may see them go straight back down. Presumably they want to keep the clubs finances in check and have a season where, yes they get relegated, but puts the club on a healthy financial footing.

When you are promoted to the Premier League your transfer policy is different to other clubs, you use short term deals and therefore look to older players with Premier League (EPL) experience to consolidate for 2 years, then you turn your attention to building long term, so your signings become longer and younger.

QPR have done both with the vast experience of Les Ferdinand and the proven Premier League calibre of former Tottenham centre-half Steven Caulker. They also have a manager with Premier League (EPL) experience, former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp. They could well stay up this season.

Leicester City have also brought in players with that vital Premier League (EPL) experience and like QPR have sought an experienced centre-back, former West Ham man Matthew Upson as well as Mark Allbrighton from Aston Villa. There is also news that they are about to sign Inter Milan defensive midfielder Estaban Cambiasso, a reputed former Tottenham target. He could be key to their season, Leicester look a difficult team to judge but a tough year is expected.

Aston Villa and WBA are going to be scrapping with the relegation candidates this season, WBA have an inexperienced manager while Aston Villa area shambles that Randy Lerner is looking to offload.

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The top will be the usual contestants with Diego Costas goal winning the title for Chelsea ahead of Manchester City. Liverpool you expect to drop, Manchester United to rise, all will be much the same as it is season after season. It's a seven team league once again and at this stage the beauty is that anything could happen.

Tottenham chances, well I see them as actually quite good. I'm not one for all this time to settle nonsense and need to gel rubbish,players do that very quickly and clubs have been buying players without a care in the world it seems. More to the point was the managers, they very quickly lost the dressing room and that ends a season for any team.

A new head coach, a new system, although it's just an adjustment to a system they have already played, now sees a happy camp. A happy dressing room is a dressing room that gives a little more so picking up the system quickly will see Spurs challenging for a top four place straight away. I don't think the team will need a bedding in season at all and a return to fifth may well be on the cards.

Predicted Results - Week 1

Arsenal to beat Crystal Palace
Chelsea to beat Burnley
Everton to beat Leicester
Liverpool to beat Southampton
Manchester United to beat Swansea
Newcastle United and Manchester City a score draw
QPR and Hull City a score draw
Stoke City to beat Aston Villa
Sunderland to beat WBA

Whatever the future holds we are glad the Premier League (EPL) season is finally with us again, the wait is as ever too long, We just need a positive result now to set us off on the right path.

It's back, the Premier League (EPL) 2014/15 It's back, the Premier League (EPL) 2014/15 Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5
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