Adrian Clarke appears at key tactical factors and gamers who could be decisive in Matchweek 24.
Pape Sarr & Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (TOT)
This season, Tottenham Hotspur have conceded 35 Premier League objectives and lack defensive solidity forward of Sunday’s London derby with West Ham United.
Regardless of pushing for a top-four end, solely three Premier League groups have confronted extra photographs in 2022/23 and in open play, that quantity is diminished to only one.
Averaging 50 per cent of possession, Spurs spend longer durations with out the ball in comparison with most of their top-half rivals.
Their counter-attacking type of play means they take up sure quantities of strain.
But the construction of their 3-4-2-1 formation has not been as sturdy as Antonio Conte would need or anticipate it to be.
Spurs have made too many particular person errors and been pulled off form too usually, whereas their 29 objectives conceded from open play is the very best within the Premier League this season.
West Ham usually are not essentially the most attack-minded away aspect within the league, however will really feel able to find the again of the web on this London derby.
Most objectives and photographs conceded from open play
|Membership||Targets conceded||Membership||Photographs conceded|
|Nott’m Forest||27||AFC Bournemouth||246|
With goalkeeper Hugo Lloris injured and a again 5 that isn’t settled when it comes to workforce choice, Spurs’ central midfield pairing want to offer a powerful platform.
Shedding Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma to damage is a large blow, with the previous out for the remainder of the season, leaving them with simply Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Sarr as their midfield choices.
Within the absence of Conte too, who’s recuperating from his gallbladder operation, assistant supervisor Cristian Stellini is predicted to call Sarr as Hojbjerg’s associate in opposition to the Hammers.
The 20-year-old impressed through the 1-0 midweek defeat to Milan within the UEFA Champions League.
Very composed in possession and all the time desirous to get on the ball, Sarr’s drive and distribution caught the attention.
Out of possession he was additionally wonderful, overlaying loads of floor and recovering the ball extra steadily than any of his team-mates.
Sarr’s stats v Milan
If David Moyes opts for a similar formation he utilized in final weekend’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, the Hammers will match Spurs up in a 3-4-2-1 of their very own.
Sarr and Hojbjerg’s duel with Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta or Tomas Soucek will likely be of nice significance to the result of the match.
Hojbjerg holds the important thing
With a youthful participant alongside him it will likely be vital for Hojbjerg to relish this added duty.
Hojbjerg’s capability to guard the defence and contribute to the assault will likely be essential if Spurs are to beat West Ham.
Hojbjerg’s stats 2022/23
|Succ. passes in opp. half||628||2nd|
|Poss. received in center third||87||4th|
Regardless of taking part in for a aspect that doesn’t take pleasure in quite a lot of possession, Hojbjerg is second solely to Manchester Metropolis midfielder Rodri for profitable passes into the ultimate third.
His presence helps Spurs’ attacking trio get on to the ball as shortly as potential.
If Hojbjerg and Sarr click on as a pair this weekend, it could possibly assist Spurs win the match and ease issues that their midfield could be a weak hyperlink within the weeks forward.
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