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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Belgium play France in N.London. The Derby


 What time does it all kick off?
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The Greg Meyer Column.
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Derby Day 8 November 2015: Dracula’s Birthday.

Belgium Play France in North London: The Derby.

War has been declared for today only. Our pub hunkered down amid the leafy glades of Kent is in combat mode. Over a pint or two our merry band of regulars have forensically examined the looming battle in North London.
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The first clue surely relates to the make up of the respective combatants. Spurs have a significant Belgian flavor while Arsenal have  on many occasions been mistaken for the French national side.
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Guess who are rated the best football team in the world. Yes its Belgium. An omen surely.
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Spurs have  4 members of the Belgian side including Alderweireld, Vertongen, Dembele and Chadli. The defensive pairing of Toby and Jan has seen a remarkable turn around regards Spurs previous open door/open goal policy of last season.
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A second “clue” may lie in the unlikely turnaround of a certain Belgian’s form. Mousa Dembele went knocking on Mauricio Pochettino’s reputedly always open door in the summer. Not entirely sure it is always open.
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 Andros Townsend had trouble meeting a decidedly frosty reception from Mauricio this week. Banished to the Under 21’s. Dishonourable mention in despatches for Andros.
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Dembele was rumoured to be unhappy with his lot, as in not getting a lot of game time. Whatever transpired between him and the manager seems to have worked in spades.
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 He is fit, he is scoring goals(3 in 3 just lately), and he is closing on the form that he was demonstrating when he first signed from Fulham. Remember his scintillating display when he ripped Manchester United apart at Old Trafford.
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More of that form will mean the chances of the Belgian contingent trumping the French in the Derby today are much enhanced.
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So to that French factor. The likes of Koscielny, Debuchy, Giroud,  Flamini, Coquelin and of course Monsieur Wenger are a formidable sextet.
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Koscielny will line up on Harry Kane no doubt. Coquelin likewise will try to snuff out the threat of Eriksen.

The Flamini factor surely cannot strike twice.He scored two in the League Cup against Spurs. Before that his last goal was for the Under 10’s at Ecole Primaire Marseille in 1994.
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Spurs of course have their own French factor namely our Hugo Lloris. The Captain of France no less. Arsenal boast their own goalkeeping superstar Petr Cech. Things cancel each out on balance.
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A final “clue” may lie in the supporting cast for each team. Arsenal have an impressive list of wounded soldiers . The English invalids include Walcott, Oxlade Chamberlain, Wiltshire and Aaron Ramsay, almost English.
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Spurs have most available albeit our Korean is short on game time.
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The Arsenal foreign legion however is all class. The likes of Sanchez, Ozil and Cazorla  for starters. Goals galore there and hopefully for Spurs but perhaps not this week. And so any one of 3 outcomes would not surprise our assembled squad …
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At A Kent Pub.
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Nervous anticipation hangs in the air here at our pub. Nothing to do with Bram Stoker's birthday. He is 168 years old today. The fact that Spurs are going to war away from home is perhaps a tipping point in favour of the Gunners.
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Mind, that said, our lawyer is going for a narrow and famous win to the youngsters.
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Cheers … Belgium to triumph …  Greg Meyer.       coys.
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Jimmy's Video Spot. Vintage stuff on a vintage radio from Rob Wilton. 'Our Harry' features. Some of this spirit is exactly what we need today. Mauricios's pre match pep talk. (Home Guard 1943). I think you had to be there. I was: just.

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