Sunday, March 9, 2008

3/9/2008 English Premier League - Will Tottenham Hotspur Recover To Beat West Ham United?

Throughout our time loving soccer live commentary on the English Premier League, games such as this Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United would often cause us to salivate with the thought of the flowing football that would be on offer for 90 minutes. Spurs have long had a tradition of being an attractive footballing side and together with the many talented legends throughout the club's history such as Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle and the unfortunate Paul Gascoigne, has always been looked upon as a different proposition to hard nosed teams like Bolton Wanderers and Wimbledon. However, they also have the tag of massive underachievers and given the plethora of attacking talent at their disposal it has been the gross mismanagement in the club that has led to too many disappointments and not enough success. With the recent appointment of Spanish manager Juande Ramos, it is hoped that this will change and the early signs are promising after their recent Carling Cup success.

However, the results after that achievement has been nothing short of disappointing, with two losses on the trot in the English Premier League and UEFA Cup. While Ramos has attributed both defeats to too much revelry post Carling Cup final and an over estimation of the team's abilities against a seasoned European side in PSV Eindhoven, there is still unfinished business on the Spanish manager's hands, and it must continue tonight against London rival West Ham United, who has undergone a mini revival of sorts this season. However, as this live radio commentary broadcast between Tottenham and West Ham United will be looking forward to, both teams are best known for producing polished footballing sides that prefer to play the game as it is best loved, and that is on the ground with short incisive passes and long balls when needed to break the monotony and the opposition's predictability.

West Ham United has endured a torrid time of late which has been slightly undoing their season's work. Fans and the team were expecting to carry on the good work but after two heavy defeats against Chelsea and Liverpool, which are not to be ashamed of except for the nature of the defeat in which the team played poorly, there have been some heads drooping and heavy legs which manager Alan Curbishley must work hard to remedy in time for this live radio broadcast commentary match against Tottenham or face a demoralising end to the season. The key reason could be the injury and subsequent absence of Matthew Upson who has been a rock all season with his defensive strength, which has earned him a well deserved call up to the England national squad under Fabio Capello. But the many injuries have also exposed a lack of depth in Curbishley's squad, which could prove to be their undoing. However, they still need to earn a few more points to assure themselves of not being sucked into a relegation battle, but that should be of minor concern as there is enough quality in the team and manager to pull them through.

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