Harry Redknapp has confirmed the Tottenham Hotspur injury list ruling out certain players before the FA Cup Semi-Final on Sunday. Whilst Kaboul and Kranjcar join the injury list consiting of Gomes, Dawson, Huddlestone, Bentley and Jenas.
However, the Tottenham Manager has said that Parker is fine and will be fit to play on Sunday.
“Scott’s fine. His hamstrings were tight after Sunderland game.”
One main concern for Tottenham fans will be the availability of the captain – Ledley King. The Mirror are reporting that Ledley’s chronic knee problem could keep him out of the FA Cup clash with their London rivals. Although Redknapp said, “we’ve one or two more knocks as well”, it is unclear if Harry Redknapp was talking about Ledley King.
Based on the confirmed team news and the recent Premier League performance at Stamford Bridge, the line up should be as follows:
GK: Brad Friedel – At the age of 40 the first choice goalkeeper does not show any signs of slowing down with his acrobatic saves helping Spurs consolidate their achievements this season.
RB: Kyle Walker – The quick paced defender is able to run up the pitch to help Spurs display their width. Also, he has consistently prevented crosses being drilled into the box, something which Chelsea are deadly at and normally exploit in a team.
CB: Ledley King – Whilst his pace is not Ledley’s main feature, his presence on the pitch and no nonsense defending is crucial at a game where any mistake could be costly.
CB: William Gallas – The former Chelsea defender is aware of their style of play which can help him pre-empt passes to Chelsea’s strike force. Also, the recent League game between the two sides saw Gallas perform excellently and hopefully will be enough to see him back in the starting eleven.
LB: Benoit Assou-Ekotto – He has played every single Premier League game for Spurs this season and has repeatedly silenced his critics. His pace up the left as well as his deliveries to Bale down the line during counter-attacks has helped Spurs keep control of the come, even at times when they appeared to be looking vulnerable.
DM: Scott Parker – The player who has the highest successful tackling rate in the Spurs team is always first choice. With his recent absence in the Norwich game, it clearly shows the importance of Parker to the squad.
DM: Sandro – Many of you will be surprised to see Sandro ahead of Lennon. Yet, his fine form against Chelsea in the League was a main factor for the lack of attempts Chelsea had on goal. Also, the potential prospect of playing 120 minutes should encourage Redknapp to bring Lennon on as an impact substitute in the 70th minute opposed to tiring Lennon out with their defender.
RAM: Rafael Van der Vaart – To the contrary, Van der Vaart is not an impact substitute and must be started if he is to play. His movement on the pitch helps to join the strikers and defence due to his simple passes helping the ball to flow, something which much be capitalised on for the game on Sunday.
CAM: Luka Modric – His form of recent has not been great so he is due to a sensational performance. If he repeats his long passes like at the start of the season and continues feeding Gareth Bale too, then we can expect Tottenham to cause a real threat for Chelsea’s defence.
LAM: Gareth Bale – Bale must be played on the left. With Ivanovic not playing on Sunday, due to receiving a ban for punching a Wigan player off the ball, Spurs must apply pressure on Chelsea’s second best right-back. If Bale plays like he did versus Bolton in the previous round, Chelsea will struggle to cope with the Welshman’s crosses.
ST: Emmanuel Adebayor – His height is something which helps him remain first choice ahead of Jermain Defoe. Whilst he does struggle to score from his feet like Defoe, he has had no problem heading in goals from Bale’s crosses. Not only this but Adebayor has assisted in the most number of goals for Spurs this season, tallying up to 11 as well as 13 goals, all in 29 games.
Substitute bench: Cudicini, Rose, Nelsen, Lennon, Livermore, Saha and Defoe.
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