Felix Magath was hired to save Fulham from relegation. Initially, things were rocky. Currently, Fulham find themselves very close to pulling off a “great escape”. A 1-0 victory over Norwich, which could have easily been so different (this was reflected…
Preview: West Brom hopeful of moving away from the relegation zone
Two wins in the last four games have ensured that the Baggies remain five points clear of 18th placed Fulham who currently occupy the final relegation spot. Pepe Mel who replaced Steve Clarke at the helm has played a vital role and should be given credit if his side is to avoid relegation this season.
Their 1-0 victory over Norwich City last time out has allowed them to leapfrog the canaries in the league table, but the relegation battle is hardly over for the throstles who are yet to play Manchester City and Arsenal in the league.
Preview: Reds eyeing the top spot in the Premier League
Favorable results for Liverpool have provided them with a wonderful opportunity to end this week as the league toppers. Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace has left the door wide open for Brendan Rogers’ men who with a victory on Sunday can take their tally to 71 points and thereby occupy the top spot in the table.
The situation could not have come at a better time with the current season only six weeks away from conclusion. Liverpool have been rampant in recent weeks having won seven games in a row and are very close to clinching only their first league title in the Premier League era. The mood has definitely lifted at the Anfield but Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the kop faithful must stay calm and support the team in every circumstance.
Preview: Spurs hoping to end winless streak
The Lilywhites have failed to record a victory in their last four matches in all competitions. The winless streak began at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the month when the North London side received a thrashing at the hands of league leaders Chelsea.
This was followed by a Europa League outing against Benfica and a Premier League tie against arch rivals Arsenal both at home, but Sherwood and co were unable to take advantage of playing at their own turf and suffered defeats in both the matches.
The media has been reeking of bad odors of late from Tottenham’s dramatic and unconvincing last couple of weeks. Concerns have been over the team lacking guts and the manager embarrassing himself in front of the media by publicly humiliating the team outside of the dressing room. To further pummel Tim Sherwood, his inexperience has come into question by dealing with situations without considering his actions, whilst the talk of Louis van Gaal looming around to take his place in the summer has certainly put the Spurs manager through unsettling period of late.
Preview: Injuries are a big concern for Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Lisbon to take on the current Portuguese League leaders. After a 1-3 defeat at home against the Eagles, the English side are in desperate need of a miracle.
Adding to Tim Sherwood’s problems are a number of injuries that will put Tottenham against the wall on Thursday evening.
Jan Vertonghen is suspended for this match after picking up a yellow card in the first leg. Younes Kaboul also picked up an injury at the weekend against Arsenal, which has ruled him out of the match in Lisbon. With Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches already out, Sherwood has no central defenders at his disposal.
It is likely that Brazilian midfielder Sandro will be forced to fill in at the back, alongside Belgian defender Zeki Fryers, who is naturally a fullback.
Preview: Both teams looking for vital three points
Arsenal and Tottenham will leave no stone unturned when they face each other on Sunday. The two clubs share an intense rivalry which has escalated over the years and at White Hart Lane we will see two teams giving in their all not just to earn a better position in the league table but also for the bragging rights.
For Arsenal this represents a good opportunity to cut the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea, after the Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Preview: Two Europa League favorites go head-to-head at White Hart Lane
Thursday’s fixture between Benfica and Tottenham promises to be one of the more exciting of this round. With both sides heading in opposite directions at the moment, Benfica could be dubbed as the favorite to progress to the next round.
Last season’s Europa League finalists have bounced back quite well, after a disappointing end to their season.
Jorge Jesus’ side had the opportunity to claim the Portuguese League, Taça de Portugal and the Europa League, but they came up short in all competitions.
David Moyes and Manchester United have apparently confirmed they are ready to make Southampton left back Luke Shaw the most expensive teenager in the English game. Shaw has made a huge name for himself playing up and down the left flank for the Saints which deservedly honoured him his first England cap in a recent 1-0 victory over Denmark at Wembley.
The search for a gifted left back is a difficult position to fill, with Manchester United looking for a long term replacement for the aging Patrice Evra. Chelsea are also said to be on the hunt to replace Ashley Cole, whose game time has been limited this season.
Further interest has seen Tottenham Hotspur making enquiries but it seems the tussle for the south-west London born teen may be too hot for the Lilywhites to handle.
The possible arrival of Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal at White Hart Lane seems to be throwing up plenty of excitement for the North Londeners.
Despite Tim Sherwood's relatively consistent start to his Tottenham managerial career with seven wins in his first ten league games, criticism over the tactics left some fans are on the fence, suggesting that Sherwood's inexperience is beginning to peep through. There are questions over his timing of substitutes which see it left too late for Spurs to salvage anything from a losing position.
Preview: Spurs hoping to end 24 year winless streak at Stamford Bridge
Last time Spurs emerged victorious in an away encounter against Chelsea was back in 1990 when a late goal from Gary Lineker earned the North London side all three points against the Blues.
Tottenham have since then failed to get the better of their London counterparts and Tim Sherwood will become the latest manager to try to bring an end to this disruptive streak. However Jose Mourinho’s home record has been impeccable and it will only take a sublime performance from Sherwood’s men to get anything out of the match.
Preview: Spurs looking to build on European triumph
The North London side put forth an astonishing display of character as they raced to a 3-1 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the second leg of the Europa League last 32 tie.
After winning the first leg 1-0 the Ukrainian side increased their lead on aggregate to 2-0 after Roman Zozulya put the visitors 2-0 up on aggregate but three goals within 13 minutes allowed Tottenham to take the lead and a seal a place in the last 16 of the competition.
Preview: Can Tottenham turn the tie around?
Dnipro does not have domestic competition to worry about due to the current break and will thus come into this tie with a full set of players to choose from. Yevheniy Konoplyanka’s late penalty has left Tottenham with a deficit to overcome at home. A 1-0 loss to Norwich will not have helped their confidence. They sit six points behind Liverpool at this point in the Premier League table in fifth.
The goal of the season is to finish in the top four; the loss to Norwich will not have helped.
Sherwood can perhaps get the support of the crowd once again by helping his side turn the tie around at White Hart Lane. Erik Lamela, Kyle Walker, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue are all out for Spurs.
Preview: Tottenham looking for third straight league win
Spurs have pulled off some impressive showings in the league recently and aim to displace Liverpool from the top four with only three points separating the two sides. After being subjected to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Man City at the White Hart Lane, Tottenham have responded well and are undefeated in league games in the last three matches.
In their last Premier League outing the Lilywhites produced a splendid performance defeating Newcastle by a 4-0 score line and will be hoping to make a repeat of that.
Preview: Can Tim Sherwood’s side pick up an away win against Spurs' former boss, Juando Ramos’ side?
Dnipro has not played a match since losing to ACF Fiorentina in December as their domestic league is on its break. This means they do not have any injuries to worry about. This also means that they lack match practice. Tottenham is on the other end of the spectrum having had several matches in the past two months as the Premier League entered the busiest part of its schedule. Tim Sherwood’s players should not have to worry too much though – they are an expensively assimilated team as Juande Ramos pointed out according to UEFA’s official website:
Preview: Can Tim Sherwood guide Spurs to a top four spot?
At one point under Andre Villas Boas, it had seemed Spurs had ventured too far and made too many mistakes to battle for the Premier League title. In terms of managerial experience as head coach, Tim Sherwood is a relative novice compared to Villas Boas. Thus watching Spurs beat Everton might have been surreal for some; it left Spurs three points behind Liverpool and just ten behind the league leaders.
Newcastle is coming into this one in poor form, having collected a solitary point in the past three matches. They have lost two matches back to back, at home to Sunderland and away to Chelsea. Tottenham had drawn 1-1 against Hull and had been battered 1-5 in front of their own fans by Manchester City before claiming all three points against Roberto Martinez’s men at the weekend.
Preview: Can Everton manage to edge closer to Europe?
By manipulating the system of loans and playing a very attractive style, Everton has flourished under Roberto Martinez. Martinez has turned Everton from David Moyes’ low budget project into a genuine contender for the crown itself, let alone a European spot. The line between contender and pretender is quite thin in this campaign filled with surprises nonetheless and Everton must prove their mettle against Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham of course was not playing the part of a contender at all until Sherwood took to gliding up and down the touchline every match day. Spurs have played freely and positively and reaped the rewards, none more so than Emmanuel Adebayor who is beginning to resemble the deadly striker Arsenal once knew. A rift between him and former boss Andre Villas Boas had left him rotting away; he reflected this week on that relationship according to BBC:
Preview: Spurs and the Tigers both want to get back on track
Was Andre Villas-Boas the main problem at White Hart Lane? Even if Tim Sherwood’s appointment was warmly welcomed by many Spurs fans, the 100M Euros new-look team’s inconsistent results seem to explain that much more needs to be done to rectify things.
The post-AVB era began with instant success as Tottenham bounced back from a 5-0 humiliation in the hands of Liverpool with a 3-2 win over Southampton. They picked a point in the following game at home to West Bromwich Albion and got full points against Stoke City, Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Swansea City.
Preview: Spurs looking for revenge after humiliation at Etihad
The Lilywhites were thoroughly outclassed last time the two sides met earlier in the season. Man City who have been breathtakingly good at home displayed a near to perfect performance as they recorded a 6-0 victory over the North London side.
Even though Tottenham recorded 13 shots during the game compared to City’s 15, Pellegrini's side was much more clinical and recorded a win in exemplary fashion.
Preview: Can Tottenham edge closer to the top four?
Michael Laudrup’s side earned plenty of plaudits for the way they set out last season. However, Laudrup and his side have come under criticism for not changing the way things are done. For all the nice passes on the pitch, the results have been horrible. Swansea sits in fourteenth spot in the Premier League having lost four of their previous five Premier League matches.
Jose Canas and Garry Monk are out for Swansea. Two incredibly important players who Laudrup is desperately in need of are out as well in Michu and Pablo Hernandez. Dwight Tiendalli, Nathan Bakar and Michel Vorm could return to the squad for this one but the chances are low. Jonathan De Guzman and Roland Lamah are doubtful. Swansea’s Wayne Routledge spoke about their current plights recently as Sky Sports noted: