Tottenham vs. Huddersfield Town
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick off: 12:30PM
Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to make it three wins in a row at their new home when they welcome already-relegated Huddersfield Town to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
Spurs beat Crystal Palace in the first official match at the £850 million venue and followed that up with a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie in midweek.
A change of surroundings has paid off as Spurs battled to a 2-0 victory over the Eagles on April 3 through goals from Son Heung-min – earning him a place in the club’s history books – and Christian Eriksen.
That win was much needed, ensuring that Mauricio Pochettino’s side have their top-four fate in their own hands.
After collecting one point from 15 between February 23 and March 31, anything less than victory over Palace would have been pretty disastrous.
As it is, though, the Lilywhites are now one point better off than North London rivals Arsenal in fifth place and a further two points in front of Manchester United.
Third-placed Chelsea, meanwhile, can be overtaken if Tottenham win their game in hand.
Playing Champions League football at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next season is the big aim for chairman Daniel Levy, and his side can still achieve that through two avenues.
As well as finding themselves in a strong position to finish third or fourth in the top flight, Tottenham may yet go on to win UEFA’s showpiece competition this term.
That now has to be considered a serious possibility as Pochettino’s men lead Man City 1-0 from Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg in the English capital, courtesy of another goal from Son.
The win came at a cost as top scorer Harry Kane limped down the tunnel early in the second half and is possibly out for the rest of the season.
The stats point out, however, that Spurs have dealt with Kane’s absence just fine this term, largely thanks to the form of Son.
Playing before each of their top-four rivals this weekend, Tottenham now have a chance to continue building momentum in what is a huge week for the club – not just in terms of this season, but in context of their long-term future.
With their relegation confirmed in near-record time before the end of March, Huddersfield are left crossing off the games between now and the end of a dismal campaign.
The Terriers have won just three of their 33 top-flight matches this term under a mixture of David Wagner and current boss Jan Siewert, whose future beyond the end of 2019-20 appears to be unclear.
Siewert is trying to take as many positives as he can from his side’s performances, but they have now lost five in a row since picking up a last-gap victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers six weeks ago, most recently crashing to a 4-1 home defeat against Leicester City.
Huddersfield supporters will return to the Championship with plenty of happy memories, though, mainly from their maiden Premier League campaign, including a 2-1 win over Man United in October 2017.
Tottenham possible XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Wanyama, Sissoko, Skipp, Eriksen, Llorente, Lucas.
Huddersfield possible XI: Lossl, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Billing, Hogg, Pritchard, Mooy, Lowe, Grant.