Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs West Ham United

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, November 22 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 8/15 – Draw 16/5 – West Ham 5/1

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome West Ham United to White Hart Lane on Sunday in what has the makings of a London derby not to be missed.

Spurs are in a great run of form, unbeaten in their last 11 league games, losing just the once on the opening day.

Tottenham come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw against Arsenal before the international break. This was a good point but they could have easily taken all three, having outplayed the home side for the large majority of the match.

If Spurs are to make a serious charge for the top four this season these are the sort of games they must win, but it is going to be a tough ask for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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West Ham sit in a very respectable sixth place, only behind Spurs on goal-difference after their impressible start to the season.

They have already proved they have what it takes to win tough games against the top teams this season, with wins against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

West Ham’s away form has been impeccable. They have four wins, one draw and one loss on the road, so are proving a nightmare for home sides to deal with.

This is a huge game for both sides as they are in great form. West Ham are without Dimitri Payet, which is a real concern for them, as he has been so instrumental this season.

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Team News

Tottenham could be without as many as six players for this one. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard are out, while Moussa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb and Clinton N’Jie are doubts. Erik Lamela is suspended. Pochettino has some key players missing here and will be hoping Dembele can feature in the game given his fantastic run of form. Dele Alli will be looking to start once again after his performances earned him a place in the England starting lineup and scoring a wonder goal against France in midweek.

West Ham could also be without six players. James Collins is suspended, while Enner Valencia and Dimitri Payet are out. Alex Song, Pedro Obiang and Darren Randolph are doubtful. Payet will be huge miss for West Ham. The Frenchman has netted five goals so far this season and been key to their success.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/W/W/D

West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 11 outings. They will be expecting to continue their great run of form.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Englishman looks to have his magic touch back in front of goal, having netted five in his last three. He will be looking to cause problems for the away side here.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-1 West Ham – A real close tie that we expect the hosts to just edge. With key players missing it will be interesting to see who steps up to the mark for both sides.

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International Friendly Preview and Prediction: England vs France

Competition: International Friendly – England vs. France 

Venue: Wembley Stadium – Tuesday, November 17 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: England 6/4 – Draw 11/5 – France 15/8

Match Preview

England face Euro 2016 hosts France at Wembley on Tuesday night in a friendly game that will see the two nations stand together following Friday night’s tragic terror attacks in Paris.

Initially it seemed obvious that the game would be cancelled by the French Football Federation but they have decided to let the game go ahead. England and France will use the match to showcase the two nations’ solidarity following Friday’s events.

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England come into the game following their 2-0 defeat to Spain in Alicante on Friday evening. The result saw England lose for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, ending a run of 14 games unbeaten.

With Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy out through injury, Harry Kane is the only fit striker available to Roy Hodgson and there are worries the England squad looks too weak just months before the European Championships get underway.

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It will be interesting to see what the side will look like with Dele Alli and Eric Dier both awaiting their first start in an England shirt, and just how ‘experimental’ the starting XI will be on Tuesday evening.

France beat Germany 2-0 on Friday night in Paris as the tragic events in the French capital unfolded. The result of that game will mean little to French supporters but the game against England will go ahead.

However, Didier Deschamps’ side have now won five games in a row and will use the game with England to show solidarity. The European Championships in France are still set to go ahead and so the host nation will want to ensure they are in the best form possible.

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Key Points

England’s last five: W/W/W/W/L

France’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: England haven’t beaten France on home soil since 1992 and have failed to win in any of the last six meetings between the nations.

Key Player: Paul Pogba – Pogba is one of the world’s most complete midfielder and has been sensational since joining Juventus in 2012. It won’t be long until he’s one of, if not the best, players in world football. He’s a superb talent with unfathomable potential.

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Score Prediction

England 1-1 France – We’re hoping this game offers a chance for football to distract itself from the events in Paris on Friday night and hopefully both sides will be looking to get forward and score goals. We think a score draw is most likely.

International Preview and Prediction: Spain vs England

Competition: International Friendly – Spain vs. England

Venue: Estadio José Rico Pérez – Friday, November 13 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Spain 3/4 – Draw 12/5 – England  4/1

Match Preview

Spain host England at Estadio José Rico Pérez on Friday night as the two sides lock horns for the first time since 2011. The Spanish national team, as you would expect, is loaded with talent but a few key players are missing.

As with any International Friendly, this gives the head coaches a chance to rotate and experiment, but given the strength of both squads, the game has the makings of a good one.

Spain have won their last five on the bounce and are unbeaten in six. The last meeting between the sides was back in 2011 at Wembley in a game which was settled by a single Frank Lampard goal.

The two haven’t met on Spanish turf since 2009, where the hosts last came out on top as 2-0 winners, with David Villa and Fernando Llorente netting on that occasion.

Six Premier League players have made the squad for Spain, including four Chelsea players in Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez and Diego Costa, which comes as a surprise given their abysmal season with the Blues so far. Manchester United’s David de Gea could start in goal, while Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla will look to make an impact from midfield.

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England have enjoyed some of their best form to date since the World Cup in 2014. They are unbeaten in their last 15 and have scored an impressive 16 goals in their last five outings.

Roy Hodgson has opted for a squad full of young players who will see this as a chance to make a lasting impression with the European Championships just around the corner. The Tottenham midfield duo of Dele Alli and Eric Dier will be hoping for minutes on the pitch, while their teammate Harry Kane is expected to feature.

England captain Wayne Rooney has struggled for consistent form so far this season with Manchester United but is always likely to produce for the national team.

This is a good chance for Hodgson to pick up a positive result in Spain but he will be focusing on getting the best out of his players and looking for consistency to continue with Euro 2016 now just seven months away.

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Team News

Spain have recalled Diego Costa to the side. The Chelsea forward has only played nine times for his adopted nation, scoring just once. One to watch is Paco Alcacer, the Valencia forward has netted five in five this season. The usual suspects for Spain are expected to play some part in this one, with the likes a Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Isco and Koke all making the squad. Sergio Ramos and Juanfran have withdrawn due to injury.

England have had just the one withdrawal from the squad as James Milner will miss both this and the France game. Tottenham’s impressive start to the Premier League season has seen four of their inform stars make the squad. Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy will be itching to make an impression as they have been in incredible form so far in their domestic seasons. Kane has six goals and Vardy has 12 so far this campaign.

Key Points

Spain’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

England’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: England are unbeaten in their last 15 outings and have scored 16 goals in their last five games.

Key Player: Paco Alcacer – So long as the Spanish forward starts he will be looking to punish the England defence. His five in five for Valencia have alerted a number of European clubs and the 22-year-old certainly doesn’t lack confidence.

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Score Prediction

Spain 1-1 England – Neither side will want to lose this one and with recent form taken into consideration they are hard to split. Both sides have a two tough fixtures in this international break and domestic managers will have issued strict warnings to both Vicente del Bosque and Roy Hodgson that they don’t want any unnecessary injuries to their players. That could result in a cagey draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, October 24 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 7/10 – Draw 3/1 – Tottenham 7/2

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome fierce rivals Tottenham in the Premier League this Sunday, in what is the second North London derby of the season.

The Gunners are in fantastic domestic form and have won their last five on the bounce. They come into this one off the back of their 3-0 away win over Swansea last weekend.

However, Arsene Wenger’s side were thumped 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and they cannot afford to allow that result to play on their minds heading into this tie.

Arsenal sit second in the league, only trailing leaders Manchester City on goal difference, so this is a must win game for more than one reason. Wenger’s side have to continue their excellent home form and avoid losing games like this to give them a great chance of challenging for the title.

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Tottenham are proving to be one of the hardest teams to beat this season, having lost only once back on the opening day of the season.

They lost the earlier meeting against their rivals 2-1 in the League Cup back in September and will want to exact revenge here in the first league derby between the two this campaign.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last ten Premier League games and come into this one off the back of their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 2-1 in midweek against Anderlecht in the Europa League and so confidence will be sky high.

Tottenham are in a great position to win this game and so we could be in for a North London Derby classic.

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Team News

Arsenal’s injury woes continue. They could be without as many as eight first team players for this one as Hector Bellerin, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Thomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are all set to miss out. Laurent Koscielny is a doubt and he would be a huge miss should he miss out.

Tottenham have six injury concerns. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard are out, while Danny Rose, Clinton N’Jie, Heung Min Son and Nabil Bentaleb are all doubtful. Son made his return to action on Thursday and could feature off the bench.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/W 

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have an incredible home record against Tottenham. They are undefeated in 19 of the last 20 meetings between the sides in all competitions.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs forward has netted five in his last three in all competitions and looks to be back to his confident best. He has already scored against Arsenal in the North London Derby and will be looking to cause further problems to an injury-stricken home side.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham – This has the makings of one to remember. Arsenal’s injuries could well be a problem but they still have the firepower of Olivier Giroud, who seems to score every time he plays at the moment, as well as Alexis Sanchez. Spurs will see this as an opportunity to take all three points but with both sides in great form they are tough to split.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa

Venue: White Hart Lane – Monday, November 2 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Aston Villa 6/1

Match Preview

Tottenham host Aston Villa in this week’s Monday night game at White Hart Lane as they look to stretch their unbeaten league run to ten against a managerless Aston Villa side in real trouble.

Villa sacked Tim Sherwood following last week’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea – their sixth straight loss in the Premier League – and so the former Spurs head coach won’t be returning to his former stomping ground for this one.

Remi Garde is being tipped to take over at Villa Park but doesn’t look likely to be in the dugout in time for Monday’s game so Kevin MacDonald will take charge.

Spurs will look to pile more misery on the Villains as they look to remain unbeaten, while also seeking revenge for last season’s 1-0 home loss to Villa.

Tottenham’s Premier League record: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 5-1 away at Bournemouth last Sunday with Harry Kane grabbing a hat-trick to silence some of his critics. His link up play with Christian Eriksen seems to be back to its most dangerous and that will excite the home crowd on Monday.

Aston Villa sit bottom of the Premier League after ten games and are looking set for another season in and out of the relegation zone, something that’s becoming worryingly normal for the club.

Aston Villa’s Premier League record: P10 – W1 – D1 – L8

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Last week’s 2-1 home loss to Swansea was their sixth defeat in a row. Their only win this year came away from home, though and so they can’t be ruled out completely.

Villa ended a six-game losing streak to Spurs by winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane in April and will hope a repeat performance can lead to the same outcome.

Team News

Spurs come into the game with several injury worries still troubling Mauricio Pochettino. Nabil Bentaleb, Heung Min Son, Alex Pritchard, Nacer Chadli and Federico Fazio are all out, while Tom Carroll is a doubt.

Aston Villa travel to London with news that Micah Richards is likely to miss the game as a result of an FA charge after his behaviour after the Swansea defeat. Joleon Lescott is also a doubt, along with Gary Gardner and Tiago Ilori.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/D/D/W

Aston Villa’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Tottenham currently boast the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League (9).

Key Player: Harry Kane – Impossible to overlook Harry Kane as the key man here. He comes into this game off the back of a hat-trick at Bournemouth last weekend and will look to kick on by hurting a Villa side that has conceded 16 goals in their last eight league games.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa – Tottenham have been very tight at the back this year and will see Monday’s game as the ideal opportunity to pick up a second straight clean sheet. They should prove to be too strong for Villa.

International Preview and Prediction: England vs Estonia

Competition: European Qualifier – England vs. Estonia 

Venue: Wembley Stadium – Friday, October 9 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: England 1/8 – Draw 13/2 – Estonia 22/1

Match Preview

England play host to Estonia on Friday night knowing they have already secured a spot at the European Championships next summer with their 100% record still intact.

Seeing as the Three Lions have already secured qualification, we are expecting more of an experimental team to take to the field for the final home qualifier.

And with Euro 2016 only eight months away, Roy Hodgson will want to make sure he continues to experiment with as many options as possible.

England’s record in Euro 2016 Qualifiers: P8 – W8 – D0 – L0

Estonia are all but out of the race for qualification as they are set for another summer at home, having never qualified for a major tournament.

Losses to Slovenia and Switzerland have let them down recently as they looked set to maybe challenge for a place.

Although they are still mathematically in with a chance to qualify, the odds are stacked against them with a trip to Wembley presenting a daunting task.

Estonia’s record in Euro 2016 Qualifiers: P8 – W3 – D1 – L4 

This will be the fourth ever meeting between these two. England have won all three of the previous games, without conceding a goal.

The reverse fixture in qualifying ended 3-0 to the Three Lions and a similarly dominant display is expected here.

Key Points

England’s last five in qualifying: W/W/W/W/W

Estonia’s last five in qualifying: D/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: England have won their last eight competitive matches since the World Cup.

Key Player: Harry Kane – Hard one to decide as no one knows what type of side Roy will play, but should Harry Kane start up top we expect him to bag a goal or two and continue his solid international form.

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Score Prediction

England 3-0 Estonia – Even with a weakened side, we still expect England to win comfortably and another solid home win shouldn’t be too difficult for the Three Lions.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur 

Venue: Stadium of Light – Sunday, September 13 – 08:00 ET (13:00 BST)

Match Odds: Sunderland 3/1 – Draw 5/2 – Tottenham Hotspur 10/11

Match Preview

Sunderland host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the earlier of two Premier League fixtures that day, with both sides still searching for their first wins of the new campaign.

Dick Advocaat has struggled to inspire his new look Sunderland side so far this campaign and as a result they have just two points from their opening four games.

Sunderland cannot afford another relegation battle this season and Advocaat may find his position as manger under threat if results do not pick up fast.

Sunderland’s record in the Premier League: P4 W0 D2 L2

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Tottenham’s start to the season has been far from ideal and a slow start has left them well off the pace for the top four places, but there is plenty of time to improve.

Spurs’ striker Harry Kane has yet to net for the club this season and he will want to put that run to an end as soon as possible.

As well as their midfield looking overwhelmed, Spurs still look fragile at the back and will need to become stronger in defence if they are to mount a serious challenge on a top four place.

Tottenham Hotspur’s record in the Premier League: P4 W0 D3 L1 

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Team News

Sunderland are without Adam Matthews, Adam Johnson and Jordi Gomez as they are all still nursing injuries. DeAndre Yedlin is ineligible to face his parent club.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembele and Andros Townsend are all doubts. Heung-Min Son could be set for his first appearance for the club after his move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Key Points

Sunderland’s form: L/L/D/D

Tottenham Hotspur’s form: L/D/D/D

Key Stat: Sunderland haven’t won against Tottenham in the Premier League since April 2010.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Englishman bagged his third international goal in midweek against Switzerland and will be expecting to open his account this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur – This is a game Spurs will be expecting to win and they need to pick up three points so not to fall too far off the pace.

2015/16 Premier League Predictions: Winners, losers and everything between

The 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season is just a couple of days away as one of the most hotly anticipated days in the football calendar edges ever closer. But for those looking past the opening round of fixtures, there’s another long campaign ahead with drama, thrills and spills guaranteed.

New teams, managers and players have arrived ahead of what looks set to be a close-run season at either end of the table, with sides strengthening across the division over the course of the summer.

The Premier League is almost impossible to predict, but we’re going to have a go anyway because who doesn’t like to sit back at the end of the season and think: ‘Wow. I didn’t see that coming.’

Will Chelsea retain their title? Will Harry Kane manage to replicate his scintillating form from last year? And will Sunderland ever go down? Read on to find out what our editor, Louis East is predicting for the 2015/16 Premier League campaign:

Title winners: Chelsea

Chelsea fully deserved their success last season as they ended up winning the title by eight points, despite a relatively poor end to the campaign by Jose Mourinho’s high standards. They may not have changed too much over the summer, but they didn’t need to. They were easily the best side in the country last time out and should be too strong once more, although they can expect to be pushed right to the end by Manchester City, Arsenal and possibly Manchester United.

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Relegated:  Norwich, Watford & Leicester

Always difficult predicting who will go down before a ball has even been kicked, but three teams have to be selected here. It’s easy to go with all three promoted sides but I’m expecting Bournemouth to hold their own in the top flight and so I think Leicester City will join Watford and Norwich in falling through the trapdoor. Without Nigel Pearson, the Foxes were doomed last year. Now he’s gone, it’s hard to see them staying up. Sunderland are always lingering near the danger zone but Dick Advocaat looked to turn things around and they should survive yet again.

Player of the season: Wayne Rooney

Eden Hazard lit the Premier League up last term but hasn’t looked as sharp so far in preseason and Wayne Rooney’s opportunity to play as the lone striker should see him pick up his first Player of the Year award since the 2009-10 season. He played as a striker that year, netting 26 times, and the England captain should find himself at the heart of everything United do going forward this year as they look to be serious title contenders once more.

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Best young player: Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling’s controversial move from Liverpool to Manchester City has seen the player attract plenty of criticism from those in and around football, but his quality cannot be questioned. Still just 20, Sterling has the opportunity to kick on and develop further at City and will look to record his best season yet under Manuel Pellegrini this year.

Golden Boot: Harry Kane

Few could have predicted what Harry Kane went on to achieve during the 2014/15 campaign but the young Spurs forward ended the year with 21 league goals and didn’t even establish himself as a first-team regular until October. He now has a full season to shine and should better his goal tally. Many are predicting his performances will dip, but he only seemed to improve last year and will be a better player from his experiences.

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Surprise package: AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth won the Championship in fine style last year, scoring more goals than anyone else with the second best defence in the league. The jump to the Premier League is a big one but there is a sense of real optimism around the club that they can hold their own in the top flight. Eddie Howe is a great young coach and should guide his team well clear of relegation as they look to be this season’s surprise package.

Shock of the season: Brendan Rodgers first to be sacked

Life as Liverpool manager has been tough for Brendan Rodgers. After narrowly missing out on Premier League glory in the 2013/14 season, the Reds dropped down to end last year in sixth, with that final day 6-1 defeat to Stoke one the fans were left devastated by. They start this season at the Britannia but Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling have gone and will leave Rodgers with further problems to fix. A flurry of new signings have arrived again but Rodgers might not have long enough to get them to gel this time around with pressure mounting rapidly.

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Signing of the season: Dimitri Payet

It was tough to neglect Petr Cech here as the goalkeeper will make Arsenal a much better side, but overall I think Dimitri Payet will prove more important to West Ham than Cech will to Arsenal this year. Payet arrives at the Hammers from Marseille off the back of a stellar season in France as he picked up 17 assists with seven goals in 36 league games. Only Lionel Messi made more successful through-balls in Europe’s top five leagues than Payet and he should ensure West Ham have a year to remember in what will be their last at the Boleyn Ground.

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Manager of the year: Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes has done a fine job with Stoke since taking over from Tony Pulis two years ago and doesn’t always receive the praise he deserves. Another fine summer of transfer business has seen the Potters strengthen with the likes of Glen Johnson, Marko Van Ginkel and Ibrahim Afellay arriving. Add that to the fact that Bojan will be back fighting and Hughes should have a Stoke side capable of replicating the stunning performance of Southampton last year.

What are your predictions for the 2015/16 Premier League season?

Preview and Prediction: MLS All-Stars vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: 2015 MLS All-Star Game – MLS All-Stars vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado – Wednesday, July 29 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: MLS All-Stars 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Spurs 6/4

Match Preview

The 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will see the best in MLS take on Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in what should be a great game at the Colorado Rapids’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday night.

This will be the 11th time the best players in MLS have lined up against a club from Europe and Spurs will be the sixth Premier League club to take part in the match in what is their first All-Star appearance.

Tottenham have strong links across the USA with the likes of Kasey Keller, Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and current squad member DeAndre Yedlin all plying their trade in England for the Lilywhites, so the club will see Wednesday’s match as another fantastic opportunity to expand their fanbase stateside.

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Mauricio Pochettino will watch his side face their toughest preseason test so far as the 2015 League Cup runners-up have only played low-key friendlies behind closed doors so far.

The MLS All-Stars beat Bayern Munich 2-1 last year as they put in a remarkable performance against the German giants and Spurs will be hoping to prevent the All-Stars from winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2008.

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The All-Stars have a 4-2-1 record against Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Manchester United and West Ham in past games and know they have a great chance in beating Spurs as they have what is probably the strongest ever MLS squad.

Stars such as Sebastian Giovinco, Laurent Ciman, Kaka and David Villa have all joined MLS this season and will make their All-Star debuts on Wednesday night alongside regular stars such as Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez and Nick Rimando.

The MLS All-Star Games always guarantee goals and entertainment throughout. That should be no different on Wednesday as there will be a wealth of attacking talent on display from both sides.

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Spurs need to impress as their Premier League opener against Manchester United will be just 10 days away after the All-Star game ends, with a trip to Germany to face Real Madrid and then Bayern Munich or AC Milan in the Audi Cup taking place next week.

Team News

This year’s MLS All-Star squad is probably the strongest ever seen. World stars such as Kaka, David Villa and Clint Dempsey will all look to inspire the best in MLS to victory against Spurs on Wednesday night. Dempsey will be facing his former club and will be looking to shine. MLS leading goalscorers Sebastian Giovinco and Kei Kamara are also included as Pablo Mastroeni has a wealth of attacking talent to choose from. Frank Lampard and Obafemi Martins were selected but miss out through injury, with Dax McCarty replacing Lampard in a midfield slot. While Chris Tierney, Michael Bradley, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane have all pulled out late though injury. Gyasi Zardes, Juninho, Waylon Francis, Ethan Finlay and Sam Cronin have replaced them. Keane was set to face his former side but misses out.

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Spurs have taken a 25-man squad to Denver for their first-ever MLS All-Star game, though notable absentees include Vlad Chiriches, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado – all of whom are linked with moves away this summer. Familiar stars such as Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris are all still included though as Mauricio Pochettino is likely to field a strong lineup. Former Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin will hope to start at right-back ahead of Kyle Walker and new signing Kieran Trippier, while fellow new arrivals Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer are both likely to see game time too.

Key Points

MLS All-Star’s last five: L/L/W/L/W

Tottenham’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: There have been 29 goals in the seven MLS All-Star games against Premier League opposition since 2005 – an average of 4.1 per game.

Key Players:

MLS All-Stars: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian speedster is always a threat on the wing and comes into the game off the back of five straight wins with FC Dallas. The All-Stars have a wealth of talent but Castillo is a player who will be desperate to impress and could enjoy a fast-paced battle with DeAndre Yedlin down the flank.

Tottenham: Harry Kane – Kane will be looking to pick up where he left off after an incredible Premier League season last term. He impressed on Tottenham’s US preseason tour last year and will look to bag at least one goal on American soil once again here.

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Score Prediction

MLS All-Stars 3-3 Tottenham – Expecting a really entertaining game in Colorado, though it’s difficult to pick a winner. Both teams should thrive in attack but could be vulnerable defensively to such quality players on both sides. This is not one you want to miss.

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Rooney urges £40m striker bid, Spurs to move for Chelsea winger

Daily transfer roundup (Sunday, June 14)

MLS Rumours

MLS-linked Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is now also being chased by Everton as a move stateside is starting to look increasingly unlikely. (REPORT)

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi could be offered an MLS escape as Turkish side Bursaspor are interested in signing him for around $500,000. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has urged Louis Van Gaal to make a £40 million move for Tottenham star Harry Kane. (REPORT)

While Spurs are looking at bringing Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah to White Hart Lane next season if he chooses not to remain in Italy with Fiorentina. (REPORT)

Chelsea are hoping to beat Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton to the signing of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid this summer. (REPORT)