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Following on from my article of a week

or so back about defences in the Prem this season, I thought I would do a follow up article. I think it is fair to say that the team that concedes the fewest goals, usually ends up as Champions, and the teams that concede the most are usually relegated. Going by this season, I think we can safely say that Spurs are in with a real shout of taking the title this season, because although West Ham and Villa have conceeded a couple less, I think you would have to be an eternal optimist that think that either of those two sides will be winning the title, which then makes Spurs clearly the best defensive unit in the Prem, and on course for the big one.

Updated table on goals conceeded for the season thus far:

Aston Villa 2
West Ham 4
Tottenham 5
Newcastle 5
Sheffield United 6
Arsenal 6
Everton 7
Leicester 7
Man City 7
Crystal Palace 7
Wolves 7
Leeds 8
Burnley 8
Chelsea 9
Southampton 9
Brighton 10
Fulham 11
Man United 11
West Brom 13
Liverpool 13

Clearly there are some seriously leaky back fours in the division. Liverpool leading the way with their near on three goals a game hitting the back of their net. At that rate, they are on course to concede over 100 goals this season.

Just maybe we are being a bit harsh on the Spurs back four, when you have a look at some of those figures in the goals against column.

A combination of lethal strikers and a solid defence is usually the stuff dreams are made of. Spurs have both, joint top scorers and a very solid defence.



PS Spurs odds have shortened to 12/1 third favourites for the Prem, without them kicking a ball. I did say a couple of weeks ago, the odds would gradually start to come down, game by game.

comment by sandy (U20567)

posted 4 days, 6 hours ago

comment by Jose’sNoSpur (U22473)
posted 5 hours, 21 minutes ago
Sandy, I like the optimism mate but after only 2 wins In 4, I would make sure the safety is on, on the gun that Is aimed at your foot
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You forgot the four other wins in two other competitions. So season so far is P8 W6 D1 L1. Unbeaten in 7, 13 goals in the last two games. Bale to come in What's not to be optimistic about.

posted 4 days, 3 hours ago

comment by sandy (U20567)
posted 2 hours, 16 minutes ago
comment by Jose’sNoSpur (U22473)
posted 5 hours, 21 minutes ago
Sandy, I like the optimism mate but after only 2 wins In 4, I would make sure the safety is on, on the gun that Is aimed at your foot
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You forgot the four other wins in two other competitions. So season so far is P8 W6 D1 L1. Unbeaten in 7, 13 goals in the last two games. Bale to come in What's not to be optimistic about.
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Come on Sandy.............even you know that those other games were against the local village idiots in those far away countries.

comment by SteveF (U22027)

posted 4 days ago

Whilst I know there is a bit of tong in cheek from Sandy, it does illustrate how the Media can inflate ( or deflate ) certain players. Dier, for example. An ever present in Spurs back 4 this year, yet everyone will have us believe he is absolutely rubbish. And that Van Dijk is the best thing since sliced bread. But Sandy's table says the opposite ?

posted 3 days, 23 hours ago

As long as Spurs don’t include Davies, Winks or Dele Ali in our team, then we should do well this season..

To include all 3 at once, would surely weaken us, to the point of losing... ie the Everton game!!

Davies is too slow & pedantic
Winks is too weak & unimaginative(what does he actually do?!!)
Dele Ali is a shadow of himself a few seasons ago... gives the ball away far too much, is weak & lazy

posted 3 days, 23 hours ago

comment by SteveF (U22027)
posted 1 hour, 14 minutes ago
Whilst I know there is a bit of tong in cheek from Sandy, it does illustrate how the Media can inflate ( or deflate ) certain players. Dier, for example. An ever present in Spurs back 4 this year, yet everyone will have us believe he is absolutely rubbish. And that Van Dijk is the best thing since sliced bread. But Sandy's table says the opposite ?
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The media have immense influence, they pedal their narratives so much it gets into the minds of fans, officials and the like. They talk about something so often, eventually people start to believe it as true, even though it is quite the opposite.

It affects decision making also, for example, United and Pool are talked up by the media at all times no matter what, and it reflects in the decisions being made during their games.

comment by SteveF (U22027)

posted 3 days, 22 hours ago

comment by ● Billy The Yidd ● 2020* (U3924)
posted 1 hour, 4 minutes ago
comment by SteveF (U22027)
posted 1 hour, 14 minutes ago
Whilst I know there is a bit of tong in cheek from Sandy, it does illustrate how the Media can inflate ( or deflate ) certain players. Dier, for example. An ever present in Spurs back 4 this year, yet everyone will have us believe he is absolutely rubbish. And that Van Dijk is the best thing since sliced bread. But Sandy's table says the opposite ?
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The media have immense influence, they pedal their narratives so much it gets into the minds of fans, officials and the like. They talk about something so often, eventually people start to believe it as true, even though it is quite the opposite.

It affects decision making also, for example, United and Pool are talked up by the media at all times no matter what, and it reflects in the decisions being made during their games.
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Totally agree. Facking hate the media. Ole's "Do Over" article today is a prime example of media influencing. They are reporting this as if it is perfectly acceptable fora Manager to press the re start button and we all forget their previous poor displays.

posted 3 days, 18 hours ago

Can we get an updated table please?

posted 3 days, 17 hours ago

posted 3 days, 17 hours ago

posted 3 days, 16 hours ago

comment by sandy (U20567)
posted 22 hours, 46 minutes ago
comment by Spurtle (U1608)
posted 41 minutes ago
Way too early for talk of title challenges yet. At least wait until the win against West Ham.
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3 or 4-1 Spurs. May even keep a clean sheet.
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Oh Sandy, you'll never learn

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