I am a typical Spurs fan. I have not grown up with the team, taken to games by my father as a toddler, but I've been with them long enough to know that they are excellent at screwing up. It doesn't matter if the manager is ambitious or pragmatic, British or foreign. It doesn't matter if the squad is rubbish or bordering on World Class. I've seen a lot of Tottenham Hotspur not showing up to games they were supposed to games they were supposed to show up to.
Last weekend, they showed up to one of those games. One of those typical games they screw up against a relegation fodder opponent. Gary Cahill's red card was a fortunate break for Spurs and a terrible decision by the referee, but it wasn't terribly relevant. Tottenham dominated the game in the 18 minutes before that card, scoring a goal. They brought it in the game they were supposed to win.
I said before that game that I would try to kick my typical defeatist Spurs fan attitude if Tottenham won that game comfortably. That's just what happened, but I am still lacking optimism about this Stoke match.
Of course, a game at the Brittania is not the same thing as a match against the current Bolton side, either at the Reebok Stadium or at White Hart Lane. Bolton are a bad team right now. They lost to Aston Villa on Saturday, the same Aston Villa side that quite literally REFUSED to attack against both Tottenham and Manchester United. Stoke are a solid team and they have one of the best home field advantages in England. They've already accomplished something we haven't this season in advancing to the Europa League group stages.
But, this is a team that Tottenham should be beating in their current form. Every writer for this site except for myself picked a Spurs win. Our man of mystery theroosevelts picked a 4-1 victory. We've had discussions in the comments about making it to January without losing a match. Confidence is high among everyone...and I still can't shake that typical Spurs fan attitude.
I will not be surprised if we win. We're in spectacular form and more talented than Stoke. There's no reason for y'all to expect anything but a win. Except for...dammit, we're Spurs. And this is Stoke at the Brittania.
Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Sandro are all questionable. We know what happens if Defoe is not fit and Sandro is not currently first choice anyway. But what happens if Bale is out? If Sandro is not fit, moving Modric to the left is not an option. Giovani dos Santos, Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar have looked poor in their limited opportunities. Danny Rose is the closest thing to a like for like replacement, but he's been constantly injured in the last year. What's Harry going to do?
Hopefully, Bale runs out of the tunnel and all of this is moot. If he doesn't run out of the tunnel, hopefully whoever plays has a solid game and the rest of the attacking players are so good that we didn't miss Bale. If he can't play, it's a serious missed opportunity. Andy Wilkinson, arguably Stoke's best fullback, is expected to miss the game with injury.
I'm still feeling the draw, but I hope I'm completely full of it. COYS.