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Friday Hoddle of Coffee: Weekend Preview, December 2, 2016

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A reunion with Thor awaits us this weekend.

Swansea City v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Psst. Here’s something fun: Let’s take a look at the possible XI for Spurs this weekend:

Lloris
Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose
Dier, Dembele
Son, Alli, Eriksen
Kane

You know what that looks like? It looks a hell of a lot like last year’s best XI. The only difference is Son Heung-Min starting on the right for the (alarmingly) still-injured Erik Lamela. Son for Lamela means our high press won’t be as good, but even so this is the closest we’ll have come all season to being able to start our normal best XI in a single game. (And what we lose in pressing effectiveness with Lamela out we may gain back in cutting edge going forward with Son running the channels.) That’s a very good sign, especially as we have a date waiting us next weekend with Manchester United, who has decided to start looking good just in time to play us (because OF COURSE).

Our next four fixtures include three of the league’s weakest teams (Swansea, Hull, and Burnley) plus the team that so far has been the weakest of the big six. We could very well take 10 points out of 12. Depending on how our top four rivals fare over December, things could look very different in the table starting next year. It starts with Swansea. We need the three points.

On to the links:

Bitter and Blue compares Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero ahead of this weekend’s clash between Chelsea and Man City.

Bayern Munich wants to keep Arjen Robben. And they want to get younger. That may be a problem.

Here are the strangest things you’ll find in soccer team club shops.