Saturday, 4 October 2008

Spurs v Hull Premiership Preview: Bale A Doubt For Tottenham – Gardner To Miss Clash With Former Club For Tigers

Bottom of the table Tottenham Hotspur take on Premier League debutantes Hull City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs go into this clash with the Tigers without a win in the Premiership and just two points from their six games. This is the worst start to a season for 53 years for the North London side, with manager Juande Ramos coming under fire from the some Tottenham fans in the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park last weekend.

Phil Brown’s Hull team will have no fear going into the clash at White Hart Lane, with the surprise package of the Premier League pulling off a shock 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday. Hull are unbeaten on their travels from the KC Stadium this season and stand 6th in the table.

Ramos is still unable to call on Alan Hutton (ankle), Hossam Ghaly (knee), while Welsh International Gareth Bale is struggling to be fit in time with a ankle injury. Ledley King could be rested, with the Spurs captain unable to play back-to-back matches due to a persistent knee injury. Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and defender Vedran Corluka are set for recalls after being cup-tied for the UEFA Cup tie with Wisla Krakow on Thursday.

Craig Fagan is still out for the Tigers with a broken leg, as is former Tottenham player Anthony Gardner (thigh), but another former player Nick Barmby could be in the squad that make the trip to London if the playmaker can shrug off a leg injury in time. Daniel Cousin looks set to continue upfront with Marlon King after scoring the winner against the Gunners.

Tottenham Hotspur: (from) Gomes, Bale, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Gilberto, Modric, Gunter, Giovanni, Campbell, Dawson, Cesar, Corluka, O’Hara, King, Assou-Ekotto, Woodgate

Hull City: (from) Myhill, Doyle, Dawson, Ashbee, Brown, Turner, Barmby, Windass, Geovanni, Hughes, Duke, France, Garcia, Mendy, Halmosi, McShane, Folan, Welsh, Boateng, Ricketts, Marney, King, Zayatte, Cousin, Warner, Featherstone, Atkinson, Stelios, Cooper

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