Writers Prediction League: Tottenham at Southampton

Mike Hewitt

The writers at Cartilage Free Captain predict the result for Tottenham Hotspur's match at Southampton.

Chaos. A devastating week for Tottenham Hotspur sees the club reeling. Sunday saw Spurs suffer an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Liverpool at home. Andre Villas-Boas was fired, as the former golden-boy manager left his second Premier League club in similarly disappointing circumstances. Tim Sherwood has been installed as interim manager, but his first match in charge saw Spurs blow a lead to be knocked out the League Cup by West Ham United. Can the new gaffer bring fresh ideas to revitalize Spurs' season?

Today sees Spurs travel to Southampton. The Saints sit 9th in the table, three points behind Tottenham. The team got off to a hot start this season, but a rough month of form has seen Southampton victory-less since November 9th. The defense has become a bit leaky but the attack is still dangerous. There is a bevy of talent, as Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert, Paolo Osvaldo and Adam Lallana are all significant risks to score.

As for the Prediction League, only Ashlock foresaw Spurs' loss to Liverpool. The rules remain the same in the Prediction League--one point for a correct prediction and a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:

Name Score
Mechanick 14
The Sleeper's Sleep 12
MCofA 12
Uncle Menno 12
Ed 11
Ryan 11
Skipjack 10
Petrilli 10
Ashlock 10
Kevin 9
Lennon's Eyebrow 8
The Roosevelts

8

This week's predictions:

Ed: 4-2 Spurs. We're gonna be left with weird feelings on Monday. Book it.

Kevin: If AVB was in charge, I'd predict a big Soton win. Not because he's so bad, but just because of playing styles. With Sherwood trying to start fast, regular-footed wingers, a style of play that suits Bobby better and Ade back in the fold, though? 3-1 Tottenham. War Damn Hotspur.

Mechanick: The defense sinks deep, as Spurs look to play on the break for Sherwood. It works. 1-0 Spurs

Ryan: Your face smells like peppermint. 1-1 Draw.

The Roosevelts: (Sent via a combination of signal flags and smoke signals) 1-1 Draw

Ashlock: Fuck this noise. Soton 4-0.

Lennon's Eyebrow: We... whatever. 2-1 Spurs.

Petrilli: Spurs 2-1. In the post game presser we next find out from Tim Sherwood whether Levy is really a boxers or a briefs kind of guy.

Uncle Menno: OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD I HATE THIS 2-1 Spurs

MCofA: 1-0 Southampton. In my soul, I think Spurs should absorb pressure and hit quickly on the break with creative players like Lamela and Eriksen, as a result of Sherwood implementing new and better tactics. But in my numbers, Southampton are at home against a club not much better than them, which means they should win. I go numbers over soul.

The Sleeper's Sleep: Whatever. 1-1 Draw.

Skipjack: 2-1 Spurs. War Damn Yiddo.

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