Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham: Kane leads surging Spurs

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  • Spurs have won 14 consecutive PL games v newly-promoted sides
  • Kane has 13 goals in last eight games
  • The last time Spurs won the opening four away league games was during the double-winning campaign of 1960-61
  • Huddersfield suffer first home defeat of season

HUDDERSFIELD — Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur are ripping teams apart each time they step on the pitch and it happened again on Saturday as they beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Harry Kane scored twice in the first half — his second was a beauty for his 13th goal in eight games in September — and Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko also found the back of the net as Spurs made it four away wins on the spin to start off the Premier League season.

With the win Spurs move on to 14 points and were momentarily in third place, while Huddersfield suffered their first home defeat of the season and remain on nine points as they battled but were totally outclassed in their biggest challenge to date since arriving in the Premier League.

Despite the defeat, the Huddersfield fans didn’t stop singing all game long.

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Huddersfield started brightly with Aaron Mooy and others flying into tackles and Tommy Smith having a shot well saved by Hugo Lloris.

Just as the Terriers were building momentum one long ball over the top saw Spurs take the lead. Kieran Trippier‘s ball forward should’ve been dealt with by Chris Loewe but he missed his clearance and Kane raced through to score his sixth goal in his last three games.

Soon after it was 2-0 as superb build-up play involving multiple Spurs players saw Christian Eriksen race through and a tackle on him saw the ball run straight into the path of the onrushing Davies who dinked home. Tottenham led 2-0 after 16 minutes and threatened to run riot.

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Kane then sent a vicious dipping volley onto the top of the net from distance and moments later almost had his second and Spurs’ third goal after Jonas Lossl totally whiffed on the ball but recovered to smother Kane’s effort. Soon Kane did have his second of the game and it was a stunner in the 23rd minute.

The England international turned two Huddersfield defenders in one movement and curled home a wonderful strike into the far corner as even the home fans stood to applaud his brilliance.

Dele Alli hit the post before half time arrived as Spurs led 3-0 at the break after total domination, even though Laurent Depoitre clipped the crossbar for the home side after a fine run.

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In the second half Spurs started well and Kane could have sealed his hat trick but an effort from close range was blocked as Eriksen looked to play Kane in. From the resulting corner Kane couldn’t adjust his feet quick enough to finish as Tottenham continued to pile on the pressure for most of the second half.

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Huddersfield briefly threatened on the break with Scott Malone whipping in a cross to the near post which was cleared but Spurs were comfortable as they surged to yet another away victory with substitute Sissoko scoring in stoppage time to finish things off.

Kane will rightly get the headlines but Pochettino’s men were imperious all over the pitch.

Newcastle linked with targets as Benitez begins transfer quest

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Newcastle United’s players have canceled their Christmas party, as manager Rafa Benitez admits he’s working on January gifts for the St. James’ Park set.

The Magpies have one point from their last eight matches, and face Arsenal, West Ham, and Manchester City in the run-up to the New Year, closing off a run of five matches in 16 days with Brighton and Stoke.

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Benitez says he’s begun talks with managing director Lee Charnley about the January window. The team is expected to make moves whether Mike Ashley completes a reported sale of the team or not. From Sky Sports:

“At this time it is just to talk about ideas,” he said. “You might say ‘I would like to sign this player’ and someone will say ‘£40m’ – maybe it is not realistic.

“The main thing, we had this conversation, then we have to move forward quickly. I don’t know the details but at least we were talking about that. We have to progress and it is so obvious that we have to improve things.”

Newcastle has been linked with a number of notable names a few weeks from the start of the January market, including Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, prolific Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, as well as Liverpool’s Danny Ings and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.

Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace

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  • Leicester leads all-time 26W-18D-23L
  • Foxes 3W-1D vs. Eagles since Oct. 2015
  • Palace won at Leicester in Feb. 2015

The Claude Puel revolution at Leicester City has the Foxes surging up the Premier League table, and Saturday’s visitors from Crystal Palace are making moves of their own (Watch live Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Leicester has won four-straight matches, the latest a 4-1 beatdown of Southampton at St. Mary’s, and returns to King Power Stadium with a chance to make a dent on the five-point deficit between the Foxes and the Top Four.

 

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After beginning the season 0-7, Crystal Palace has claimed 14 of 30 points to move from 20th to 18th on the table. Roy Hodgson’s men have two wins and four draws in their last six matches.

What they’re saying

Leicester’s Harry Maguire on the task at hand:

Palace’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek on his high-flying loan spell from Chelsea: “It’s what you aspire to be when you’re younger. Right now it’s a case of trying to improve as much as I can and to keep the performances up. As long as I’m enjoying it I think I’ll do well, so I’m really happy. The experience of playing week in week out and the physical side of things, getting my body used to playing games – sometimes three in a week – has been a massive thing for me, especially when I haven’t played for two years regularly. That was one of the main reasons I wanted to get away from Chelsea, to play regular football, get my body used to it, get more robust and I think once you have that then it’s a platform to play better.”

Prediction

This could be a fun one, with names like Zaha, Townsend, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Mahrez, and Gray ready to bless the match with pace and creativity. Goals have come in bunches when Leicester’s on the pitch, and we’ll call it 2-1 to the Foxes.

RBNY’s Grella heads to Columbus (through Colorado)

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Mike Grella didn’t get to pick No. 20 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, but that didn’t stop Columbus from getting their hands on the New York Red Bulls veteran.

Colorado selected Grella with the third overall pick, then sent him to Columbus for a second round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

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The only other pick was made by Minnesota United, who took Tyrone Mears from Atlanta United.

Grella, 30, is a well-traveled Duke product who has played in England and Denmark. He scored 18 times with 13 assists in 89 matches for the Red Bulls, but missed most of the 2017 season with a pair of knee injuries.

It’s a good gamble for the Crew, and an extra draft pick for 2019. Second-round picks have become long odds to make MLS rosters, with Tommy McNamara and Aaron Long the last impact players to come out of the round. That was in 2014, and both needed changes of scenery before hitting their MLS strides.

John Cena makes entertaining Premier League predictions

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We do not recommend putting any money on John Cena’s Premier League predictions for this weekend.

The actor and WWE star was the guest picker on the BBC site on Friday, and admitted his soccer knowledge doesn’t extend much further than Cristiano Ronaldo and a tour of Tottenham (he has a fondness for Spurs, it seems).

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But his actual selections are quite amusing. From picking matches based on species to trying to anger his fiancee’s Arsenal supporting brother, Cena brought the goods.

Our favorites:

Why West Ham will win at Stoke: “Who doesn’t love a good ham? It provides you with nourishment, happiness and a sense of community. It is always served at a big family function gathering. I like West Ham. 0-1.”

Why Southampton will win at Chelsea: “From where I am from, in Massachusetts, Southampton is a pretty cool place, so I am going to have to pick them, only because of how it relates to the States.”