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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Middlesbrough, 04.02.17

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Middlesbrough

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          14  6  5  3   19 - 15  23
Away          15  4  5  6   18 - 23  17
Total(Prem)   29 10 10  9   37 - 38  40
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   25 15  4  6   62 - 40  36
Away(Div 1)   25  3  6 16   25 - 52  13
Total(Div 1)  50 18 10 22   87 - 92  49
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1  0  0  1    2 -  5   0
Away(Div 2)    1  0  0  1    0 -  3   0
Total(Div 2)   2  0  0  2    2 -  8   0
Total(Prem)   29 10 10  9   37 - 38  40
Total(Div 1)  50 18 10 22   87 - 92  49
Total(Div 2)   2  0  0  2    2 -  8   0
Grand Total   81 28 20 33  126 -138  89

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWWWDD

S'hampton  1-4   Spurs
Watford    1-4   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Chelsea
Spurs      4-0   West Brom
Man City   2-2   Spurs
S'derland  0-0   Spurs

M'brough    -    LLDDLD

Burnley    1-0   M'brough
Man Utd    2-1   M'brough
M'brough   0-0   Leicester
Watford    0-0   M'brough
M'brough   1-3   West Ham
M'brough   1-1   West Brom

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Spurs      23 13  8  2  45-16  29   47
15. M'brough  23  4  9 10  19-26  -7   21

Make it count Spurs!

The last time we played Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane was on a Wednesday night in March 2009 at White Hart Lane when we won 4-0. Robbie Keane scored his first goal after his return to Spurs, having been signed back from Liverpool by Harry Redknapp. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Aaron Lennon (2) scored the remaining goals. This was the only time in his senior career that Lennon scored two goals in a game.

A more harrowing match against "Boro" was back in September, 1998, when the visitors were managed by Bryan Robson and ran out easy 3-0 winners (Spurs 0 Middlesbrough 3) with Paul Gascoigne wearing the red of Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough had a moderate season that year, but in my match report I described two-goal Ricard as cutting through our defence like a knife through butter.

Another sad memory regarding Middlesbrough is that it was after a 4-0 home defeat in a League Cup game in September 1974 that Spurs' greatest ever manager Bill Nicholson decided to call it a day. In truth, I don't think Bill had ever recovered from the events of the previous May, when we had not only lost he UEFA Cup to Feyenoord, but the behaviour of fans upset Bill dramatically. A fonder memory is the fact that Bill signed one of our all-time favourites Cyril Knowles from Middlesbrough in 1964.

Very pleasantly (not luckily, for we deserve our success these days) we find ourselves in better times, and when we won 2-1 at The Riverside stadium in September, we had our own two-goal hero - Son Heung-min. (Middlesbrough 1 Spurs 2, 24.09.16). Whilst we are on a run of 10 games unbeaten in league and cup games, Middlesbrough have not won a Premier League game in their last six attempts. They have only managed 4 league wins all season, and those were against Sunderland (away) and Bournemouth, Hull and Swansea at home.

"Boro" manager Aitor Karanka does not seem to have been the happiest of characters recently, expressing some disappointment at the transfer activity of his club, who have signed former Villa and Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede and perpetual Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford in the recent window. Jordan Rhodes, who was unhappy with the game time he was getting, has gone back to the Championship on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Both Gestede and Bamford were playing substitutes on Tuesday night when Middlesbrough drew at home to West Brom while we were playing a few miles up the road at Sunderland. Alvaro Negredo, once at Man City, and currently on loan from Valencia, scored only his sixth league goal of the season and that was his second penalty strike. Former Southampton player Gaston Ramirez, who I recall scored a cracking breakaway goal against Bournemouth in October, will be out till next week at least. Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers faces a late fitness test with a foot injury.

Spurs have their own injury problems, but Hugo Lloris will return in goal, while we have to cope with the enforced absences of Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela and Kieran Trippier. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will also not be available. Ben Davies is likely to start at left back, with Spurs playing a 4-2-3-1, as they did at Sunderland. Danny Rose's injury, sustained on Tuesday has still not been fully assessed, but it is thought he will be out for a month at least.

By the time we play tomorrow tea-time, one or both of Arsenal and Chelsea will have lost points, whilst Liverpool will have played at Hull and possibly they will pick up all three points. Once again, this is a must-win game for us if we want to maintain that title challenge and at the very least hold onto second place. Middlesbrough are just as desperate for at least one point and we might encounter similar tactics to those used by Sunderland. Spurs will surely make home advantage count, and I am predicting a 3-0 win!

Tomorrow's match referee will be Mark Clattenburg, who is not the "bogey man" he once was for Spurs' games. Mr. Clattenburg's last game in charge of us was our draw at The Emirates in November. By way of coincidence, he was also in charge of our corresponding game from our last Champions League season 6 years ago on February 5th 2011, when we beat Bolton 2-1. (Spurs 2 Bolton 1, 05.02.2011)

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