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Tottenham and Hull City will meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday with both sides aiming to keep up their impressive starts to the season.
Andre Villas-Boas side currently sit fifth in the table after winning 5 and drawing 1 of their opening 8 games and they will be full of confidence after two straight 2-0 wins. Last weekend they beat Aston Villa and they followed up that win with Europa league success over Moldovan side Sh Tiraspol.
Jermaine Defoe’s was on the score sheet in Thursday game and his deflected effort saw him equal Martin Chivers European record of 22 goals leaving Villas-Boas was full of praise for the dimunitive front man.
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“It is some achievement,” the Portuguese manager said. “If we continue like this, there is a big chance he will break the record.
“It will be another great achievement for him. I am sure he will achieve it.
“Let’s not celebrate it before it happens, but it will be a great record for him and the club. It was another great performance by Jermain.”
Defoe is likely to be back on the bench for the visit of Hull with Roberto Soldado set to return to the starting line-up. While Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be hoping for recalls after sitting out the game against the Moldovans.
Emmanuel Adebayor was also on the bench but he will have to bide his time for his first start of the season with Soldado and Defoe, the first and second choice strikers at White Hart Lane.
Hull meanwhile are currently 9th in the table after an impressive start that has included wins over Newcastle, West Ham and Norwich. Steve Bruce’s have lost just once in their last 6 games, crashing 2-1 to Everton last time out.
Yannick Sagbo scored his first Hull goal at Goodison Park and with Danny Graham set for a three week spell on the sidelines following the knee injury he sustained last weekend the French born striker cold get an extended run in the side.
Allan McGregor is also set for an extended spell on the sidelines after he too suffered injury in the game with Everton.
The Scottish International has been in superb form this season but faces 5/6 weeks out now with Steve Harper set to stand in for the former Rangers man.