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Watch: Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolves Live Stream 17 February 2024 Sport TV


On the hunt for a sixth successive Premier League home victory, Tottenham Hotspur host Wolverhampton Wanderers at their North London headquarters on Saturday afternoon.


Last Update 17 February 2024


Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolves Live
Ange Postecoglou will have to shuffle his pack for Tottenham's Premier League game against Wolves on Saturday afternoon. With everything looking so good for Spurs on the injury front just seven days ago, the north London club have seen three players join the treatment room this week. Full-backs Destiny Udogie and Pedro Porro, who were missing from open training on Thursday, face shorts spell on the sidelines and are not in contention to face the West Midlands club. Fraser Forster is also out of action after sustaining a fracture in his foot, with the goalkeeper looking likely to be absent for a couple of months. Needing to make changes in defence given the Udogie and Porro news, Postecoglou may also elect to switch things up in both midfield and attack as he looks to freshen things up. Yves Bissouma could be in contention to start for the first time since Tottenham's win over Nottingham Forest in the middle of December. The Mali international only made his return to the team last weekend after missing the first few games of 2024 due to his AFCON participation. Elsewhere, Son Heung-min looks a certainty to return after starting on the bench against Brighton & Hove Albion. That in turn could prove to be bad news for Timo Werner, who will be the favourite to drop out of the XI and be instead named as a substitute. Brennan Johnson will be hoping a start comes his way after his late heroics against Brighton, although he has Dejan Kulusevski to compete with for a spot on the right. So how exactly will Tottenham line up against Wolves? Here's the Spurs XI we expect Postecoglou to select for Saturday's 3pm kick-off. Ange Postecoglou is a loquacious guy, which means his Tottenham Hotspur press conferences can be long and with a lot of good information. That was the case today as Big Ange faced the media ahead of Spurs’ home match against Wolves on Saturday. Postecoglou gave a customary team update, but also spent time talking about his playing philosophy, the reverse fixture in November, and even the new links to the soon-to-be-vacant Liverpool job. Tottenham got a last-gasp winner from Brennan Johnson to beat Brighton 2-1 its last time out. The win moved Tottenham back inside the top four for the time being as it looks to separate itself from the chasing pack. They lost the last time they faced Wolves, but will be much healthier this time around. Wolves were beaten 2-0 by Brentford last time out to keep them in the bottom half of the table. Gary O'Neill's side is on the cusp of breaking into the top half of the table, which is an amazing accomplishment given the state of the club coming into the season. They've gotten here by being giant killers, picking off wins from the Premier League's elite, and have another great opportunity here Saturday. Tottenham matches have been complete chaos under Ange Postecoglou, and this matchup is one where its defense can be exploited. If you look through some of Tottenham’s recent matches, one thing that pops off the page is how many chances it has allowed to opponents that are set up to play very direct. They allowed 2.6 xG to Everton, 1.6 xG to Brentford, 1.7 xG to Newcastle, 1.7 xG to Bournemouth and the list goes on and on. The reason for that is how aggressive Tottenham is in its build up. Often times, its fullbacks Pedro Porro and Destiny Udogie are tasked with pushing up to the half spaces in the final third to try and get five guys across the back line to create an overload. Porro and Udogie are both going to miss this match, however. Tottenham is averaging 1.71 non-penalty expected goals per 90 minutes and is the most efficient team at getting into the opponent's penalty box. They have been so overwhelming to opposing defenses that only Arsenal and Liverpool have more shots inside the penalty area than Tottenham this season. However, there are some downsides to being that aggressive in possession, and good transition teams will punish you. Spurs are incredibly reliant on Micky van de Ven, specifically, and his pace to clean up any balls that get in behind Tottenham’s backline. He’s had a couple of good games, but having to deal with Hwang Hee-chan and Pedro Neto is a big ask. O’Neill is a tactical genius and has had his side set up to be very tactically adaptive to whatever the situation is. They are set up to be a team that is much better without having a large share of the ball. They typically are pretty passive in their low block, limiting central progression and then utilizing their pace on the break, which is how they’ve notched four wins against the big six this season. Spurs have been struggling to defend on set pieces all season and teams have now picked up on something with Guglielmo Vicario on corners. Vicario is an incredible shot stopper, but he’s small physically compared to most Premier League keepers and has been pushed around lately. Everton created almost all of its 2.6 expected goals off set pieces against Tottenham, and for the season, Spurs are 14th in xG per set piece. One of the staples of O’Neill-led teams is they are always good on set pieces. It was true with Bournemouth last year, and this season is no different, as Wolves is fourth in the Premier League in xG per set piece. Matheus Cunha is most likely going to miss this match, which is a blow, but he is only at 0.38 xG per 90 minutes on the season. Hwang should be fit for this match, which is a big boost to Wolves considering he's scored 10 goals on the season.

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