Regrettable. Tottenham Hotspur entered last Sunday needing a strong result to keep pace with the hunt for a top-four finish. But Spurs fell short, turning in a poor performance as the team lost 1-0 to Norwich City. The loss leads Spurs on the edge of falling out of the Champions League places competition entirely. However, Spurs were able to post a strong comeback in Europa League this week, allowing the club to advance to the round of 16. Can Tottenham post a resilient performance today to keep the club afloat in the top-4 race?
Today's challenge will come in hosting Cardiff City. Cardiff sits in 19th place, on pace for relegation. This has been a nightmare season for Cardiff, struggling as new owner Vincent Tan has shaken up the club. New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has yet to find a rich vein of form for the Bluebirds, as the team was bounced from the FA Cup by Wigan and lost 4-0 to Hull City in their last Premiership match. The team does have scoring threats, with Wilfried Zaha, Kenwyne Jones, and Frazier Campbell all capable of exploiting chances. Cardiff's top defensive talent is former Spurs centerback Steven Caulker, who will certainly be looking to prove a point against his former club.
As for the Prediction League, nobody foresaw Norwich beating Spurs. 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:
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This week's predictions:
Ed: The ceremonial leader of Cardiff's country, his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, makes a surprise visit to Cardiff City Stadium. By the 70th minute he has swooned dead away from the carnage that is unfolding. 4-2 Spurs.
Uncle Menno: Sandro's back, y'all. We got this. 3-0 Spurs.
Kevin: The collapse is coming, but not this weekend. 3-0 Spurs. Cardiff suck.
Mechanick: Caulker makes Spurs supporters regret his sale, but Spurs still pull out a victory. 1-0 Spurs
Ryan: This is Susan from Planned Parenthood, I have her test results. If you could have her call me as soon as she can. It's urgent. Thank you. 2-1 Spurs.
Ashlock: 3-2 Cardiff. Because, why not?
The Roosevelts: Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. Well, they better wise up! 2-0 Spurs
Lennon's Eyebrow: I have no idea about anything anymore. 2-0 Spurs
Petrilli: 2-1 Spurs. Never get a dry socket kids.
Michael Caley: 3-1 Spurs. If we lose this, jaysis. Cardiff are terrible.
The Sleeper's Sleep: Cardiff are the Lucky Charms of BPL teams: first they were Bluebirds, then Red Dragons. I'm hoping for Purple Moons next. 2-0 Spurs.
Skipjack: 1-1 Draw. Someone starts up a Caulker themed podcast.