Redemption. Tottenham Hotspur faced a season falling apart down 1-0 to Fulham on Wednesday. But the team rebounded, scoring on goals by Vlad Chiriches and Lewis Holtby that lifted the team to a key comeback victory on the road. The victory rose Spurs to sixth in the table, only three points shy of Champions League places. The team found new success with the attacking trio of Lamela, Holtby, and Lennon. Can the three lift Spurs on Saturday?
Today sees Spurs travel to Northeast England to take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats are struggling mightily so far, sitting in last place in the table. The team has already gone through a managerial switch this year, hiring Gus Poyet to replace the sacked Paolo di Canio. The team has shown promising signs, putting a scare into Chelsea midweek before eventually succumbing 4-3. The game marked Jozy Altidore's first league goal for Sunderland, and if the striker shows improved play he could form a daunting attack with the likes of Emanuele Giaccherini, Fabio Borini, and Adam Johnson. However, defense has been Sunderland's flaw, as their aging defense has failed to get the job done.
As for the Prediction League, Mechanick, Sleep, MCofA and Ryan are competing for the lead. 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: Suck Funderland. 10-0 Spurs.
Kevin: The Fulham performance was about as bad as West Ham. Sunderland were good against Chelsea. I'm struggling to believe right now. I'm not seeing improvement. Really hope I'm wrong and we slaughter them, but 2-1 Sunderland.
Mechanick: The attack breaks through as Lamela shines, but Jozy gets one. 3-1 Spurs
Ryan: Half the people in this room are mad at me, and the other half only like me because they think I pushed somebody in front a bus, so that's not good. 1-1 Draw.
The Roosevelts: Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Sharks in the water. Our shark. Anyone can quote movies Ryan. 2-1 Spurs
Ashlock: I've predicted back-to-back losses and we've gotten four points. This isn't about me. It's about the team. 2-0 Sunderland
Lennon's Eyebrow: Sunderland sucks. Jozy sucks. 2-0 Spurs.
Petrilli: 2-1. Jozy scores a goal as he embarks on his record 15 goals over his next 5 games.
Uncle Menno: We still played like Cravens at the Cottage, and Sunderland's better under Poyet. That said, I still think we scrape it. Jozy scores a screamer because 'Merica. 2-1 Spurs.
MCofA: 0-1 Spurs. By far the most likely scoreline in my projections, ~16%.
The Sleeper's Sleep: Oh, buddy: Sunderland. Like, Sunderland. Right? Right, guys? Sunderland?
Skipjack: 2-0 Spurs. War damn yiddo.