Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield LIVE: Premier League score, Moura and Wanyama on target

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TOTTENHAM 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD | WANYAMA (24), MOURA (27)

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Foyth, Davies, Sissoko, Wanyama, Eriksen, Moura, Llorente

Huddersfield XI: Hamer, Hadergjonaj, Kongolo, Schindler, Durm, Bacuna, Stankovic, Hogg, Lowe, Grant, Kachunga

  • Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes for the visit of Huddersfield
  • Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen start
  • Son Heung-min is among the substitutes with Fernando Llorente starting
  • Victor Wanyama opens the scoring wit neat finish
  • Lucas Moura doubles the lead two-minutes later

TOTTENHAM 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD

80: Final 10. Where’s the damn goals?!

79: Spurs getting a little bit sloppy now. It’s giving Huddersfield a renewed hope of at least scoring a goal today as Karlan Grant makes himself a yard or two before slicing wide.

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Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates (Image: REUTERS)

77: Steve Mounie… how have you missed?! Hogg floats a delightful, diagonal ball over to Mounie, who inexplicably heads wide with only Lloris to beat.

Jan Vertonghen booked moments later for a silly bodycheck on Stankovic.

75: Oliver Skipp replaces Moussa Sissoko, who receives a tremendous ovation. Really turned his career around here at Tottenham.

73: Close – at either end of the field! Grant races clear down the left channel before cutting inside and seeing his effort deflected back to Lloris.

Seconds later, Eriksen tees up Fernando Llorente with only Ben Hamer to beat. The Spaniard stalls, stalls and stalls some more before Kongolo makes the block.

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Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates (Image: REUTERS)

70: OK, final 20 minutes. Let’s have a few more goals please. I’m starting to doze off. Juninho Bacuna booked for tugging Moussa Sissoko’s shirt.

Steve Mounie on for Erik Durm. Watch out, Spurs – he’s bagged two Premier League goals this season.

67: Now what’s happening here?

Everyone’s looking at Davinson Sanchez for some reason. Oh, Terence Kongolo pushed Juan Foyth and the defender did exactly the same seconds later.

The only difference was the Huddersfield man spun like he’d been shoved by the world’s strongest man. Referee Lee Mason ain’t buying it.

65: Ooosh! How unnecessary was that?! Juan Foyth is booked for flying in late on Terence Kongolo. Puzzling decision from the youngster.

62: Not a great deal happening here folks. I imagine those inside the stadium are discussing the architecture and what grub they’ll procure on the journey home.

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Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates (Image: REUTERS)

59: There’s quite a lengthy pause in play while Victor Wanyama receives some treatment. The last thing Spurs need is another name on the injury list. The midfielder manages to recover and he’s back on again.

57: Nice link-up between Eriksen and Llorente tees up Davies, who nicks the ball off Moura’s toes and lashes wide. His last goal came against Huddersfield now I think about it.

A goal today would be nice for fans of cyclical football achievements…

54: Lucas Moura is still looking busy. He’s got quite a bit of freedom to move around the pitch this afternoon and wins Spurs a corner. Christian Eriksen’s delivery, however, is poor.

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Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates (Image: REUTERS)

51: More of the same here at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs go hunting for a third. Everyone wants their name on the scoresheet today – and everyone could at this rate.

48: Woodwork! That would have been a fabulous goal.

Juan Foyth plays a delightful ball over to Fernando Llorente, who brings it down and flicks it over Ben Hamer in the same motion. The ball rattles the crossbar and bounces away to safety. He’s no luck, that lad.

TOTTENHAM 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD

45: And we’re back underway folks. Just seen a few replays of that Victor Wanyama opener – heck of a finish from old twinkle toes.

I think we’ll be seeing 20-year-old defensive midfielder George Marsh today. He did quite an intense warm up during the break. He’s got 25 senior minutes to his name, coming against Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup back in January.

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TOTTENHAM 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD

HT: Very pleasant Saturday afternoon stroll for Tottenham. Perfect preparations for a fierce Champions League bout with Manchester City I’d say.

44: Fernando Llorente has had a hand in 15 goals in 18 starts for Spurs in all competitions (11 goals, 4 assists).

Chris Lowe booked for cynically flying through the back of Walker-Peters. Looked a frustrated tackle. Can’t imagine why…

43:  “Saying Spurs are better without Kane is like saying Barca are better without Messi. He’s the distraction which shifts focus from other players leaving more space for them. Plus, it’s just Huddersfield,” says Martin from Essex.

Quite right too, Martin.

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41: Close! Christian Eriksen bends a free-kick in from the left and there’s Fernando Llorente to glance the ball inches wide of the post. Looks desperate for a goal today.

As does Moussa Sissoko, who decides a first-time drive from 30-yards out would be a good idea. It wasn’t. The ball soars into orbit.

38: Spurs work the ball to Fernando Llorente, who scuffs an effort and follows that up by fluffing the rebound. The Spaniard could find himself starting in a Champions League final in seven weeks time!

35: So a win, and I think we can assume that’s already in the bag, will move Tottenham back into third position above Chelsea by a single point. Arsenal are four points behind but have an extra game.

33: Easy as you like for Spurs now. They’ve simply been knocking the ball around the middle of the park – under no pressure whatsoever from Huddersfield.

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30: Well that’s game, set and match already. Or is it? Juninho Bacuna’s corner is met by an unmarked Stankovic, but his placed half volley from 10 yards out goes just wide. Should have hit the target from there.

TOTTENHAM 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD | MOURA

27: Wow. This could be a long afternoon for relegated Huddersfield.

Spurs double their advantage just 2 minutes and 24 seconds after Victor Wanyama’s opener. Lucas Moura is on the scoresheet having collected a pass from Moussa Sissoko before absolutely lashing it beyond Ben Hamer.

Thunderous finish from the Brazilian, who I brought into my FPL side this week!

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Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates (Image: REUTERS)

TOTTENHAM 1-0 HUDDERSFIELD | WANYAMA

27: Well I don’t think anyone saw that coming! Victor Wanyama has scored his first goal since February 2018 to give Spurs the lead against Huddersfield!

Touch of fortune about the goal as Fernando Llorente fluffs a pass from Jan Vertonghen. The ball rolls through to Wanyama, who sidesteps Ben Hamer and finishes.

23: Most fans would have feared a drop in intensity after the high of Tuesday’s Champions League win over Manchester City.

Spurs started brightly but have been a bit slow in their approach play and lax in possession. Just need a spark to get everything going, but who will provide that in this weakened side?

21: Ben Davies gets himself into a little spot of bother when Elias Kachunga catches him in possession. He’s hassled off the ball but referee Lee Mason comes to his rescue by awarding the foul. Not convinced it was myself.

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Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates (Image: REUTERS)

18: Just the 90 percent of possession for Tottenham in the first 15 minutes. Ben Davies and Kyle Walker-Peters have been heavily involved down either flank – they don’t really have to worry about tracking back too much.

15: Spurs playing with a nice bit of zip. I fully expect Mauricio Pochettino’s side to get rid of this first-half hoodoo and take the lead before the break.

13: Victor Wanyama is urged to shoot by the Tottenham faithful and he obliges… probably wished he hadn’t as the ball flies wide of the target.

Lowe has Huddersfield’s first shot of any kind from distance. Two or three deflections later Hugo Lloris picks it up easily.

10: Spurs playing some extremely neat stuff in the middle of the park with Christian Eriksen knitting everything together. Walker-Peters slings a cross into the box but Hadergjonaj does just enough to deny Davies at the back post.

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Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates (Image: REUTERS)

8: Huddersfield have made their intentions perfectly clear. They will be putting everyone behind the ball and… well that’s it actually. Terriers after a goalless draw. Marvellous.

5: Terrible. Christian Eriksen looked to float it over the wall but slams it straight at Schindler. Only six Premier League goals for the Dane this season – not a great return in all honesty.

3: Pundits always talk about a relegated side being a dangerous opponent because they have nothing to lose – I’m don’t really subscribe to that theory. I mean… you’ve been relegated for a reason.

Anyway, Lucas Moura darts for goal and is tripped along the way. Spurs have themselves a free-kick in seriously prime Christian Eriksen territory.

TOTTENHAM 0-0 HUDDERSFIELD

1: And we’re underway folks. Could be a slow-burner this. Spurs tend to save their best for the second half.

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Here they come!

12:27: Y’all ready? The players have just emerged from the tunnel to a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Looks absolutely outrageous in the spring sun.

Tough ask

12:25: I know Spurs are understrength – but surely Huddersfield can’t pull off an upset today. They’ve scored 19 goals all season and 11 of those were from set-pieces. They’ve also dropped Aaron Mooy and Alex Pritchard from the starting XI – I wonder if that’s in preparation for next season?

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Twitter round-up

Peter: I can’t agree with the Spurs starting 11 – far too much talent on the bench, especially Son – I find it a wee bit disrespectful to Huddersfield. Spurs may regret it.

Alfie: Those of us screaming at our phones by the lack of Son in fantasy football are suddenly ALL Huddersfield fans…

Wesley: I think Kane will be a bigger miss for Spurs than he will be for England. Spurs had a very easy run of games when he was injured earlier in the season. England have enough cover with quality strikers like Rashford and Abraham.

Later today

12:20: Just the six Premier League fixtures today – and only four in the traditional 3pm slot.

Brighton vs Bournemouth, Burnley vs Cardiff, Fulham vs Everton, Southampton vs Wolves.

We’ve also got LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs West Ham at 5.30pm. Not too shabby, eh?

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Tougher without Kane…

12:15: I’m no so sure about that, Jan.

Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert believes the absence of Harry Kane will make Tottenham tougher opponents.

“It’s interesting because it definitely changes them,” he said. “With him they play in different shapes and when he didn’t play they had other shapes. In a way it makes it more difficult.

“But for me it’s about how we play, how we solve the challenges they give us.”

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Twitter round-up

Kyle: Despite not being happy with the Spurs formation. Tottenham should still win this game and win it comfortably 2 or 3-0. Huddersfield don’t have the firepower to hurt Spurs and they ain’t good enough defensively either.

Francis: Resting Trippier? Huddersfield is just the level he could thrive in.

Shamble: Spurs fan’s mentality reminds me of when Ronaldo used to miss games for Madrid. They played better without him in the short term so fan’s thought they wouldn’t miss him but look at them now. You need Kane more than you think.

The big one

12:05: Will Liverpool or Manchester City blink this weekend? That’s the big question.

It is fast approaching crunch time in the most exciting Premier League title race for many a year.

Liverpool hold a two-point lead at the top of the standings after riding their luck to win at Southampton last week, when Manchester City were wrapping up their place in the FA Cup final.

Pep Guardiola’s men have a match in hand as a result and few would expect them to come a cropper at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Within an hour of that match ending comes the mouth-watering clash between Jurgen Klopp’s side and top-four hopefuls Chelsea. It could prove to be a defining day in the title race.

Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates

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Dominant

12:00: Tottenham have won all three of their Premier League meetings with Huddersfield by an aggregate score of 8-0 – only versus Cardiff have Spurs won their first four Premier League games versus a team without conceding a goal.

Surgery required?

11:55: A leading surgeon has said that Harry Kane might have to consider surgery in order to prevent him from being susceptible to this type of injury in the future.

Mark Davies, a leading specialist at the London Foot and Ankle Centre who has operated on Premier League footballers, said: “At some point I think they would think about doing something surgically to stabilise the ligament, which is quite feasible and should prevent the problem happening in the long term.”

But will he be back for the Nations League?!

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Injury prone?

11:50: Mauricio Pochettino accepted the thought of being injury prone could play on Harry Kane’s mind after his latest setback.

The England captain will find out the full extent of his ankle ligament problem next week when he visits a specialist but he looks set to miss the rest of the season.

Kane suffered his fifth ankle ligament injury since September 2016 in a challenge with Fabian Delph during Spurs’ 1-0 Champions League win over Manchester City on Tuesday, and his second in three months.

Asked whether his talisman is injury prone, Pochettino replied: “Yes, for sure it can be an issue.

“When you suffer once, twice or a third time, it’s normal in your head that you will always think about it.

“But I don’t believe it will be a big problem.”I think we are going to help and, with experience, we can make it different in the future and hope it will be the last time he gets an injury with his ankle.”

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Risky business?

11:45: Not seeing too much anger from Spurs fans about the sweeping changes from Mauricio Pochettino.

I think they know the Champions League quarter-finals second leg against Manchester City next week should take priority.

Still – Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea will be thrilled with the weakened side in the battle for a top-four finish.

You can still back Huddersfield at an obscene 16/1…

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Team News – Huddersfield

11:40: Huddersfield make three changes but there’s still no sign of Philip Billing or Jonas Lossl, who are fit and available again.

Florent Hadergjonaj, Juninho Bacuna and Elias Kachunga come in for Tommy Smith, Aaron Mooy and Alex Pritchard.

Team News – Tottenham

11:35: Wow. No Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier in the Spurs side.

Mauricio Pochettino makes seven changes from the side who beat Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen are the only survivors.

Fernando Llorente starts up front with Lucas Moura also drafted in. Kyle Walker-Peters is at right back while Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth come in.

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The line-ups

11:30: I suspect a fair few people will have pinned their hopes on Son Heung-min for their fantasy football sides – and Mauricio Pochettino has devastated them. Son on the bench.

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Foyth, Davies, Sissoko, Wanyama, Eriksen, Moura, Llorente.

Subs: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Son, Marsh, Skipp.

Huddersfield XI: Hamer, Hadergjonaj, Kongolo, Schindler, Durm, Bacuna, Stankovic, Hogg, Lowe, Grant, Kachunga.

Subs: Coleman, Smith, Mooy, Williams, Pritchard, Mounie, Zanka.

Cheers, Son’s crying…

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Twitter round-up

Sulaimon: Spurs will cope without Harry Kane with Son playing well. Kane wouldn’t be missed both club and country. The current England squad have enough quality to cover Kane’s absence.

Sami: Harry Kane being out looked good before, so fans are getting optimistic. I strongly feel that this time however, things won’t be good and Spurs will miss him. Then fans and me will be crying for him back.

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How will Spurs react to Kane’s setback?

11:25: So, let’s answer that question.

Tottenham were pushing to make it a three-way tussle for the title not so long ago, yet now find themselves fighting for a place in the top four.

Chelsea enter the weekend third, two points better off than Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who have a one-point cushion over north London rivals Arsenal.

Spurs welcome relegated Huddersfield to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Few are questioning the outcome of that match but it will be interesting to see how the side lines up considering the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City looms large and they are without Harry Kane.

Spurs’ talisman faces a lengthy period on the sidelines with an ankle injury picked up in the 1-0 first-leg win and the way Spurs react will give an indication of how they plan to kick on without him at the Etihad Stadium.

Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates

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Hello,

11:20: Morning everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.

We’re at the majestic, yet poorly named, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium today to see whether Spurs can leap back into the top three.

I notice that all the Harry Kane scarves have been replaced by Son Heung-min ones around the ground.

Wise decision with summer on the way…

But how will Spurs react to Kane’s setback? We’re about to find out. Let’s get going!

Tottenham vs Huddersfield: Premier League score, fixtures, table and updates

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TOTTENHAM vs HUDDERSFIELD

Tottenham are without Harry Kane while Dele Alli is a doubt. Kane has an ankle injury suffered in midweek against Manchester City, the same game where Alli broke his hand in two places. Eric Dier (hip), Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier (both hamstring) remain sidelined.

Huddersfield forward Isaac Mbenza is a doubt after suffering with illness this week. Manager Jan Siewert said Mbenza was one of a number of players to have been affected, with a final decision to be made closer to kick-off. Demeaco Duhaney has stepped up his recovery from a hip injury while Philip Billing is in contention after a back problem.

Last season: Tottenham 2 Huddersfield 0, Huddersfield 0 Tottenham 4

Last five league matches: Tottenham Hotspur L D L L W; Huddersfield L L L L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Harry Kane (Tottenham) 24; Karlan Grant (Huddersfield) 16

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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