This team is relentless! Tottenham Hotspur crushed Leicester City 6-1 at the King Power Stadium in swashbuckling fashion. Harry Kane put FOUR in the back of net and swapped his two Golden Boot goal deficit to a two goal lead over Romelu Lukaku heading into the final fixture of the season. Kane has also played seven games less than the Belgium behemoth — NO BIG DEAL. Sonny also reached some huge milestones on Thursday notching his twentieth and twenty-first goals of the season. From start to finish, with a bit of lull in the middle of the season, he has been a tour de force in attack in what is surely his breakout campaign in the Premier League. Give the players time I say!
With the win Spurs now sit at eighty-three points on the season, an amazing feat within itself. And there looks to be no signs of stopping. Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven wasn’t too far off from his best eleven in a meaningless match, why would he make drastic changes on the last game of the season?
Whatever the lineup looks like, it is certain that Tottenham Hotspur will bring the energy to compete. While the Hull City Tigers will want to exit the Premier League with effort and dignity for their home support, they arguably have less to even play for than Leicester. Firmly in eighteenth place, the Tigers have known their fate since their devastating 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace over the weekend.
What is even worse, strictly for a Spurs standpoint, is that Tottenham-lite hasn’t been featuring as much for Hull and there is a chance that we won’t see any of our ex-players on Sunday. Big Tom Huddlestone is near the top of the team in appearances with thirty-eight, but hasn’t been in the starting eleven of late, while Michael Dawson has see-sawed in and out of the starting lineup for much of the season. To put Hull City into perspective, one needs to look no further than the team stats. Their team leader in goals is a two-way tie between Abel Hernandez and Oumar Niasse with five, while their team leader in assists is Shaun Maloney with that same output. The opposite of prolific.
Its the last game of the season. Lets enjoy the match and keep our fingers crossed that Harry Kane can secure his Golden Boot. COYS.
How to Watch
Date/time: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. (UK), 10:00 p.m. ET (USA)
Venue: KCOM Stadium, Hull, UK
Official: Andre Marriner
TV: MSNBC (NBC Sports Live Extra), BBC Radio (UK), Sportsnet World, Sportsnet World Now, MSNBC (Canada), Optus Sport (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra (USA)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also often at BBC Radio London,BBC Radio 5 Live, and TalkSport
Harry Kane locking up the Golden Boot is of paramount importance in this match. Consider this and the lineup that Mauricio Pochettino threw out against Leicester and Tottenham are likely to start with a strong eleven.
I was surprised by the small amount of game time that GKN received, but its looks like Moussa Sissoko is the man who Poch is awarding minutes to in the final two games of the season. Assuming that Christian Eriksen isn’t shut down for the year, that means that he’ll rotate in and Sonny or Dele will rotate out. Due to Son reaching the twenty goal tally, my intuition says that he’ll make way for our Great Dane. The back seven will be wholly unchanged.
Hugo will start in net for the final game of the season, with Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, and Davies across the back four. Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembélé will start in midfield, though I feel like there is an outside chance that Filip Lesniak could get the start there too. Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Moussa Sissoko will form the attacking band, with Harry Kane starting up front.
Only yours truly, Mr. Menno, and newcomer Joe Patrick didn’t pick a Spurs win. Everybody else picked a Spurs victory, but nothing remotely resembling the 6-1 thrashing we handed to Leicester City. This eliminates myself from Cartilage Free Captain Prediction League Champion contention and officially makes it a two horse race heading into the last match-day of the year.
Mechanick has a one point edge over GN Punk with what seems like a clear cut choice ahead of Hull match. Lets see if GN Punk throws out a bonkers result in the attempt to nab two points and, at the very least, win a shared trophy with Brian.
Cartilage Free Captain Prediction League Table
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Dustin Menno: We’ve got all the momentum, a kick-ass team, and are still looking like the best club in England right now. 5-1 Hull.
Matthew Pachniuk: Poch is a beast and will start only a slightly rotated side. Not good for Hull City. 4-0 Spurs.
Jake Meador: 3-0 Spurs. Kane seals the Golden Boot and Dele grabs another and we head into the summer on a high. Screw you, Neil Ashton.
Pardeep Cattry: It's another one of those games that doesn't really matter to either side, but I expect Spurs will finish the season on a high note. Harry Kane will clinch the golden boot AGAIN with another hattrick. Tottenham 3-0.
GN Punk: Hull are terrible. Even worse than Leicester. Kane wants more goals to solidify his golden boot victory. Spurs hammer the Tigers back to the Championship, 4-0.
Earl of Shoop: So I was a little off last match. This time I'm sure I've got it right: Spurs 4-0, Kane locks up the Golden Boot with a brace.
Alex Greenberg: Harry's in a certain mood. Hull are about to get Kaned, 5-0. See you next year!