Son Heung-min, 31, has been fighting tooth and nail for his club Tottenham (England), and this weekend he has a golden opportunity to become the league’s leading scorer.
Tottenham hosts promoted Luton Town at Kenilworth Road Stadium in Luton, England, at 8:30 p.m. on July 7 in the eighth round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL).
With a win, Tottenham can climb to the top of the league. Currently, Spurs are in second place in the league with five wins, two draws, and 17 points. They’re not far behind leader Man City (18 points). They’re unbeaten this season, and they just beat ‘nemesis’ Liverpool 2-1 in the seventh round.
Tottenham will be counting on Son Heung-min to get the job done. Son had one of his best months in September. He scored six goals in four games. He scored a hat-trick against Burnley in the fourth round of the competition and followed it up with a multi-goal performance against North London rivals Arsenal. He also scored the opening goal against Liverpool, setting the stage for his team’s 2-1 victory. It was the 200th goal of his career in Europe. He has scored 151 goals in nine seasons in a Tottenham shirt since 2015. Heung-min’s role in this match will be crucial.
Local media outlets are also expecting Son to start. As usual, he will be deployed in the “SON top” position, a frontline striker. European soccer statistics site Fúscore.com predicts that Tottenham will use a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Son starting up front. He’ll be supported in the second line by the likes of James Maddison and Dejan Kuluczewski.
As for the ‘new kid on the block’, Maddison has formed a fantastic partnership with Son Heung-min. Maddison has two goals and four assists in the league this season. Tottenham have been lacking a playmaker since the departure of Christian Eriksen (Man Utd), and Maddison’s arrival last summer has finally filled that void.
The midfield is anchored by Pape Sarr and Yves Bissouma, while the back four is Destiny Udoji, Micky Vanderven, Christian Romero, and Pedro Foro. Guglielmo Vicario was in goal. British soccer publication 90MIN made the same prediction. It was a 4-2-3-1 formation with Son Heung-min up front. The positions of the other players were the same as predicted by Futurescore.com.
In fact, there were even suspicions about Son’s injury. This was especially noteworthy since he suffered several injuries last season, including a sports hernia and an orbital fracture. However, Tottenham manager Anze Postecoglou said that there was no problem with the player’s physical condition. According to Football London, Postecoglou told the official pre-match press conference, “He’s fine. He’s been training for the last two days and hasn’t had any problems.”
This season, Son Heung-min has been on fire and is in contention for the top scorer. He is currently second in the league with six goals. The league’s top scorer is monster striker Elling Holland (Man City) with eight goals. After exploding for 36 goals in the league last season, he’s on pace to do it again this season.
Recently, however, Holland has cooled off a bit. He was silent against Wolverhampton in the seventh round and didn’t score a goal against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on May 5. It’s only a two-game slump, but Holland has been such a monster in the past that there’s been some mixed analysis. Against Wolverhampton, Holland had just one shot on goal. Against Leipzig, he was more active, attempting six shots, but they were all on target.
Holland’s next opponent is no slouch either. City hosts third-place Arsenal on September 9th. City’s key midfielder Rodriguez will also miss this game through suspension, and City’s performance has been quite poor when Rodriguez is out. Holland could also struggle. Especially with the quality of Arsenal’s defense, Holland has a lot on his shoulders.
If Holland fails to find the back of the net once again, it could open up a huge opportunity for Son Heung-min. Ironically, while Man City is facing the mighty Arsenal, Tottenham is facing the bottom of the table Luton Town. Luton Town are promoted. After finishing third in the English Championship (second tier) last season, they earned an emotional promotion to the top flight through the playoffs. It’s been 31 years since Luton Town have been promoted to the top flight 토토사이트.
However, the barriers to the top flight are high. Currently, Luton Town has one win, one draw, and five losses (four points) and is in 17th place in the league. They scored a surprise first win over Everton, but then lost at home to fellow promoted team Burnley in the seventh round. Luton Town is a team that is slow to transition offense. This is good news for Tottenham, who have a number of quick-footed options in Son, Maddison, and Krzysztof Kuluczewski.
Son scored 23 goals in the 2021-2022 season, tying him with Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah for the league’s top scorer. It was a first for an Asian player. Heung-min’s achievement was made even more noteworthy by the fact that he scored all of his goals from purely field goals, with no penalty kicks. After a poor season last year, the South Korean striker is looking to bounce back this season. He has a golden opportunity to become the top scorer in this round.