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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Cardiff, 06.10.18

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Cardiff City

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           1  1  0  0     1-0    3
Away           1  1  0  0     1-0    3
Total(Prem)    2  2  0  0     2-0    6
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   14  7  4  3    27-16  18
Away(Div 1)   14  7  3  4    19-13  17
Total(Div 1)  28 14  7  7    46-29  35
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    6  3  1  2     9-7    7  
Away(Div 2)    6  3  2  1     5-1    8
Total(Div 2)  12  6  3  3    14-8   15 
Total(Prem)    2  2  0  0     2-0    6
Total(Div 1)  28 14  7  7    46-29  35
Total(Div 2)  12  6  3  3    14-8   15 

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLLWW
Spurs      3-1    Fulham
Man Utd    0-3    Spurs
Watford    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Liverpool
Brighton   1-2    Spurs
H'dsfield  0-2    Spurs

Cardiff    -    DDLLLL

Cardiff    0-0    Newcastle
H'dsfield  0-0    Cardiff
Cardiff    2-3    Arsenal
Chelsea    4-1    Cardiff
Cardiff    0-5    Man City
Cardiff    1-2    Burnley

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs    7  5  0  2  14-7    7   15 
19. Cardiff  7  0  2  5   4-16 -12   2

Back to the bread and butter.

It's back the bread and butter business of the Premier League for a depleted Spurs squad, following Wednesday night's hosting of the mighty Barcelona. Over 80,000 attended then, but with very few upper tier seats even made available for tomorrow's game, the crowd will be of moderate proportions. I just hope the Spurs crowd are not so choosy when it comes to playing in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium whenever it does open. They have laid the grass this week, so the big day is surely nearer!

Never mind "Bread of Heaven", Cardiff's return to the Premier League was greeted like manna from Heaven on the last day of the 2017-18 Championship season when they drew 0-0 at home to Reading while fellow promotion seekers Fulham lost badly at Birmingham. Fulham made it via the Play-Off Final, and Neil Warnock's side will host Fulham after the International break.

It took Cardiff five seasons to regain the heights they enjoyed for just one season. We last met in the 2013-14 season when we gained narrow 1-0 wins at home and away. It was Paulinho who gave us a late, late win at Cardiff's stadium in September 2013, and Roberto Soldado who gave us the win at White Hart Lane in March 2014. (Spurs 1 Cardiff 0 - 2nd March 2014) That was the last time the two teams met. Cardiff were captained that day by former Spur Steven Caulker, for whom Spurs had obtained a big fee of 9 million. Sadly, Caulker's career went into decline. He became a QPR player before they were relegated, and had loan spells at Liverpool and Southampton. Caulker went on record last year regarding his problems with alcohol, gambling addiction, and depression. Steven was given another chance earlier this year by Dundee (the former club of the late, great Alan Gilzean), but left the club after triggering a release clause at the end of August.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock will be 70 in December, and Cardiff is the eleventh club he has managed. Cardiff's promotion was a record eighth such success for the manager. Born in Sheffield, his true love is Sheffield United, who he managed for 8 seasons including their last season in the Premier League 11 years ago.

Cardiff did not invest madly in the summer. Their signings included Bristol City striker Bobby Reid for a reported 9 million. Reid has yet to score for his new club, but hasn't started all their games. Winger Josh Murphy scored 7 Championship goals for Norwich last season and was signed for 11 million. Murphy scored Cardiff's goal last week against Burnley, which was only their fourth of the season, all of which have been scored in lost games.

Irish International Greg Cunningham was signed from Preston and has started the last two Premier League games for Warnock's side. Harry Arter is on loan from Bournemouth and Victor Camarasa has been a useful loan signing fom Real Betis.

It's early days yet, of course, but Cardiff will be disappointed with their results against teams in their zone of the league. There were goal-less draws against Newcastle and Huddersfield, and a home defeat last Sunday to Burnley despite there being a number of chances for the home side to score.

Mercifully, it seems that Spurs suffered no additional injuries on Wednesday, which hopefully means Erik Lamela will start tomorrow. Erik has scored four club goals already, whhich was his total at the end of last season, enhanced by his brace in our last game against Leicester. Erik has already won three Spurs Odyssey man of the match votes, and he has yet to start a Premier League game. Unless the club are hiding something from us (they don't do that, do they?!), he must surely start tomorrow, when we will again miss Aurier, Vertonghen, Dembele, Eriksen and Dele Alli. I fancy a similar team, with perhaps Dier and Winks in front of the defence.

If Spurs can play with the intensity seen during Wednesday night's second half, they must surely beat the "Bluebirds", and I've gone for a 3-0. Provided we do get the three points we will close the gap on one or both Liverpool and Manchester City, who meet in tomorrow's game of the weekend. Hopefully we can look forward to players returning from injury for the busy period after this International break.

Tomorrow's match referee will be Mike Dean, who we know all too well. His last game in charge of Spurs was our 4-1 away win at Bournemouth in March.

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