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Ange Postecoglou faces double Spurs suspension risk after cautions vs Liverpool

A few of Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham players are on the verge of receiving their fifth yellow card of the year, which carries a one-match suspension.

Following Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Liverpool, Tottenham fans currently enjoy perusing the Premier League standings.Spurs now sit second in the Premier League standings after seven games after securing all three points in the last seconds of play after Joel Matip put Pedro Porro’s cross into his own net.

If the Lilywhites win against Luton Town in the early kickoff on Saturday, they will overtake league leaders Man City, who are only one point behind them. If the outcome favors Spurs, they might enter the second international break of the season as league leaders before Pep Guardiola’s team travels to Arsenal the following day.

Tottenham must first defeat newly promoted Luton Town in order to secure their sixth league victory of the season. The team of Ange Postecoglou will be the clear favorites at Kenilworth Road, but it will be a challenging game considering the Hatters’ recent victory against Everton, where they earned their first Premier League victory.

After receiving his fourth caution of the year in the 2-1 victory against Liverpool, Yves Bissouma will enter Saturday’s game in Bedfordshire walking a thin line in terms of discipline. Having received a warning against the Reds, he is now just one yellow card away from a one-match suspension.

According to Premier League regulations, “any player earning five bookings from his side’s first 19 Premier League matches shall serve a one-match suspension in the same competition.” It appears that Postecoglou and Spurs will have to do without the Mali international for one game at some point in the not too distant future unless he can control his propensity to receive cautions after receiving one in four of the team’s first seven Premier League matches of the 2023–24 season.

The 27-year-old would be suspended for Spurs’ home game against Fulham on Monday, October 23, if he received a yellow against Luton. Postecoglou will not want to be without his in-form midfielder for any of the important games that Spurs have coming up against Chelsea, Aston Villa, Man City, and Newcastle United at the beginning of December. However, he would have players like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp as options to replace Bissouma in the lineup.

This season, Bissouma is not the only member of Tottenham who has come close to receiving five cautions in the Premier League. With three cautions, Destiny Udogie is second-to-last, and his most recent infraction was in the late triumph over Liverpool.

From their opening seven league games, Tottenham had five players with two yellow cards.The players in question are Richarlison, James Maddison, Cristian Romero, Pape Matar Sarr, and Ivan Perisic, though the Croat won’t be able to serve a potential one-match suspension prior to their 19th league match of the season because of the ACL injury that will keep him out for the majority of the campaign.

Once domestic football resumes after the most recent international break, Spurs play Fulham at home and Crystal Palace away after the Luton Town match. The month of November then begins with Mauricio Pochettino returning to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with his Chelsea squad as they travel just a short distance across the city.

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