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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Huddersfield, 03.03.18

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Huddersfield
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
Away           1   1   0   0    4 -  0   3
Total(Prem)    1   1   0   0    4 -  0   3
Football Lge   
Home(Div 1)   17   6   7   4   24 - 22  19
Away(Div 1)   17   2   5  10   17 - 27   9 
Total(Div 1)  34   8  12  14   41 - 49  28
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    2 -  0   2 
Away(Div 2)    1   0   1   0    1 -  1   1
Total(Div 2)   2   1   1   0    3 -  1   3
Total(Prem)    1   1   0   0    4 -  0   3
Total(Div 1)  34   8  12  14   41 - 49  28
Total(Div 2)   2   1   1   0    3 -  1   3
Grand Total   37  10  13  14   48 - 50  34

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WDWDWW
Spurs      4-0    Everton
S'hampton  1-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man Utd
Liverpool  2-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Arsenal
C. Palace  0-1    Spurs

Hds'field  -    LLLLWW

Hds'field  1-4    West Ham
Stoke      2-0    Hds'field
Hds'field  0-3    Liverpool
Man Utd    2-0    Hds'field
Hds'field  4-1    B'mouth
West Brom  1-2    Hds'field

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs     28 16  7  5  53-24  29   55
14. H'dsfield 28  8  6 14  25-48 -23   30

Wagner has given his team new hope

After a bright start to the season in which these Yorkshire "Terriers" won their first two games at Crystal Palace and at home to Newcastle, this valiant Huddersfield side had gradually slipped down the table to the point where many observers (me included) felt they were going to suffer an immediate return to the Championship. Indeed, when we visited Town at the end of September, I spoke to locals who felt their team would be going straight down, but also said they were determined to enoy the ride. That they have done, to the extent that I find watching televised Huddersfield games almost unbearable with the incessant noise and the crescendo of those "Happy Clapper" devices, inherited from Leicester.

David Wagner's side have had some more memorable results since those two opening wins. They famously beat Manchester United 2-1 in October, which was a remarkable result in their first home game since we beat them 4-0. The "Terriers" beat Watford 4-1 away, and have dramatically lifted themselves out of the bottom three with two recent successive wins against Bournemouth (4-1) and away to Alan Pardew's West Brom. Indeed Huddersfield also beat West Brom at home, so they've even managed a first Premier League "double", and most importantly lifted themselves three points above the bottom three. Wagner has given his team new hope and with three wins in their last four games (they also scored 4 goals in a Cup game at Birmingham), their players will be full of confidence.

Huddersfield's next four games after tomorrow's visit to Wembley are against sides also facing the threat of relegation. They face Swansea and Crystal Palace at home, before games at Newcastle and Brighton. Wagner surely knows that these are the games that will decide his club's future - not tomorrow's tough game against an in-form top four side. They'll be giving it their all, of course.

Huddersfield's rated midfield Australian Aaron Mooy has been out for three weeks with a knee in jury, but is described as a "slight" doubt for tomorrow's game. They did alright last week without him! Elias Kachunga hasn't played since December and will definitely be out for another week - also with a knee injury. Steve Mounie and Rajiv van la Parra have been in the goals recently (both with three in the last four games) and will be players to watch.

As far as Spurs are concerned, it would seem that Toby Alderweireld is not going to be considered match fit before March 11th, and also that Jan Vertonghen will be a "slight doubt" for tomorrow. Hopefully Jan will be okay for the Juventus game. I am sure Eric Dier beside Davinson Sanchez will work for us against Huddersfield, and that we will have a near full strength side out.

In football terms Huddersfield have been renewing a number of football acquaintances this season and it is a full 45 1/2 years since we last hosted a game with "The Terriers". That was a 2-1 League Cup win for Spurs in a season we went on to lift the trophy. Our scorers that day were Gilzean and Chivers. You have to go back a further year to August 1971 for a home league match, which ended 4-1 to Spurs with "Gilly" and "Big Chiv" getting two apiece on that occasion.

One connection between the two clubs is Andy Booth. Andy Booth is revered in Huddersfield, and I am afraid emotions at the opposite end of the spectrum are held by Spurs fans regarding Booth who spent a short spell early in 2001 as an emergency striker option. Booth appeared in just 4 Spurs games. He didn't score, and Spurs didn't win any of those games! At the time Booth was a Sheffield Wednesday player, but he soon went back to Huddersfield where he started and ended his career. In total Andy played 393 league games for Huddersfield, scoring 134 goals in the process. He was appointed a Huddersfield Town ambassador at the end of his career.

Another to have played for both clubs was Neil McNab. Neil started his career at Tottenham in 1974 when Bill Nicholson was just about still at the helm, but he played the bulk of his professional football with Manchester City in the Eighties. Neil made 12 appearances towards the end of his career with Huddersfield (in Division Three) whilst on loan from Tranmere in 1992. Unfortunately Neil, who has been based in the USA for several years has suffered a severe stroke. More information can be found at this Neil McNab Sr - Medical Expenses funding site.

Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that tomorrow's game will go ahead, despite the prevailing weather conditions. Whether everybody who would like to be present can make their journeys remains to be seen. I certainly plan to be there, and I hope to see a 3-0 win for Spurs!

Tomorrow's match referee will be Mike Jones, whose last two games with us have been those against West Brom. In November, we only managed a 1-1 draw, which was the same result as the previous game two years ago. Mr Jones is not one of our favourites!

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