Hull Spurs Preview – Reunited with old friends and what changes should Pochettino make?

Michael Dawson at Hull


Spurs travel up to Hull this weekend to try to kick-start their season. The 2-1 loss against Stoke before the international break was the low point so far. Slow and ponderous going forward, vulnerable at the back, there didn’t seem to be a plan. Some changes are needed but what?

Hull City sit 15th on 11 points, 3 points and 3 places below Tottenham. They come into this game on the back of two losses in the league, to Southampton and newly promoted Burnley.

This game will see a reunion with ex-Spurs, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and former captain and cult hero, Michael Dawson.

Hull Tactics

Steve Bruce has been quite experimental with his team formations this year. He usually plays with three at the back and a front two, though he has used a more conventional 4-4-2 on a handful of occasions.

Hull are good in the air and favour long balls (fourth highest). They like to attack down the flanks, the complete opposite of Pochettino’s Spurs.

Huddlestone and Livermore usually feature in the centre of midfield, and are first and second for total passes in the Hull team. Mohamed Diamé and Nikica Jelavic are their top goalscorers in the league, level on four.

Hull have had problems at both ends of the pitch this term. They have taken the second fewest shots in the division and have conceded the most. Consequently they have the worst shot ratio of any of the twenty teams. This is a game Pochettino’s men really should win.


Tottenham are marginal favourites at 2.24, the draw is 3.5, while a Hull victory is 3.65

Team News

Kyle Naughton is suspended after his red card against Stoke. Kyle Walker and Nabil Bentaleb are back in training but not yet match fit.

Danny Rose and Andros Townsend are both doubtful.

Hull have Robert Snodgrass out long term with a knee problem. Davies,  Jelavic and Dawson may all return after injury. It will be a shame if the erstwhile Spurs’ captain doesn’t feature.

Keeper Allan McGregor has a shoulder problem but should start.

Spurs Team

Mauricio Pochettino has to make changes to try to revive his side’s flagging fortunes. During the international break many have made suggestions. Two of the most interesting have been Chris Miller’s idea to try 4-3-3 and Spurs Fanatic’s suggestion of trying a back three.

One of the main issues is with balls behind our defence. We need more cover and faster centre backs. I would try Stambouli in the middle to add a bit of bite and dynamism. A centre back pairing of Vertonghen and Dier would add some mobility, although with Naughton missing, Dier will probably have to play right back here.

Going forward we don’t move the ball fast enough or press high enough – not accusations you could level against Pochettino’s Southampton. We have also suffered from a lack of width as opponents congest the centre of the pitch.

There aren’t that many options to change things. I would try switching at least one winger to their natural side, maybe Lamela on the left? More important is a switch in mentality.

Of course, Kane has to start.

Prediction: Hull City 1 – Tottenham Hotspur 3

Spurs finally click after a wobbly start.

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Do you think Spurs will beat Hull? What changes would you make? Let me know in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Hull Spurs Preview – Reunited with old friends and what changes should Pochettino make?


    I am very doubtful about Spurs beating Hull City in an away match. Their defence is weak and the ball is not moved forward fast enough for any meaningful attack. They are always sluggish at the start of matches and do not show a ‘wanting to win attitude’. Nevertheless, I still hope they can pick much-needed 3 points from this match.

    1. AnythingButPenalties Post author

      It will be interesting to see how we do. Hull are pretty much the worst team in the division statistically so we really should build some confidence and win the game but I said that before the Villa game!

  2. OC7

    Try as they do to get me to lose faith (on an almost weekly basis at the moment), whenever a match weekend rolls around I can’t help but be filled with optimism that the Spurs are finally going to play to their potential and put in a slick performance. The routine of many a Spurs fan I’m sure.

    I will be particularly pleased and excited if we play with two strikers in the team, that line up as strikers (as opposed to one striker playing in the hole or on the wing). 442 or 352 doesn’t matter to me; I just can’t bear to watch Kane or Soldado foraging around up front on their own.

    In the case of a 352, SpursFanatic advocates Lennon as a candidate for the RWB position; I can’t think of anyone better suited to it while we await the return of Walker and the arrival of Yedlin and he has put in many solid defensive shifts when called upon over the years.

    The funny this is, and as I generally prefer not to see Rose in normal Spurs team, a 352 is probably the ideal system for his style, but as he is apparently an injury doubt you suspect Davies would play as a specialist LB in a back 4.

    Dilemmas for Poch. If he goes with a back 4, I would play Kaboul at RB and pair JV with Dier. His headless chicken approach to defending is less exposed at RB and he has pace and stamina to get up and down. Would love to see Stambouli in the fold; Mason doesn’t deserve to be dropped.

    My ideal line up, 3412 formation, Rose fitness permitting:

    Kaboul Dier Vertonghen
    Lennon Stambouli Mason Rose
    Soldado Kane



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