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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Huddersfield v Spurs, 29.09.18

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Huddersfield
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           1   1   0   0    2 -  0   3
Away           1   1   0   0    4 -  0   3
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Total(Prem)    2   2   0   0    6 -  0   6
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Football Lge   
Home(Div 1)   17   6   7   4   24 - 22  19
Away(Div 1)   17   2   5  10   17 - 27   9 
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Total(Div 1)  34   8  12  14   41 - 49  28
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    2 -  0   2 
Away(Div 2)    1   0   1   0    1 -  1   1
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Total(Div 2)   2   1   1   0    3 -  1   3
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Total(Prem)    2   2   0   0    6 -  0   6
Total(Div 1)  34   8  12  14   41 - 49  28
Total(Div 2)   2   1   1   0    3 -  1   3
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Grand Total   38  11  13  14   50 - 50  37
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Last Six Premier League results:-

H'dsfield  -    LLDDLL

H'dsfield  0-3    Chelsea
Man City   6-1    H'dsfield
H'dsfield  0-0    Cardiff
Everton    1-1    H'dsfield
H'dsfield  0-1    C. Palace
Leicester  3-1    H'dsfield

Spurs      -    WWWLLW
           
Newcastle  1-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Fulham
Man Utd    0-3    Spurs
Watford    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Liverpool
Brighton   1-2    Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs      6  4  0  2  12-7    5   12
20. H'dsfield  6  0  2  4   3-14  -11   2

Tougher for the "Terriers" this year!

Huddersfield are finding life in the Premier League even tougher than last year. Then they started their very first Premier League campaign with wins at Crystal Palace and at home to Newcastle, scoring four goals in those two games without reply. They had to wait for 6 more league games for their next win which was probably the best day of the season at The John Smith Stadium, when David Wagner's side beat Manchester United 2-1.

So far this season the Yorkshire side have not managed a win and they lost at home to Palace, who they beat 3-0 away on the opening day last season. Huddersfield's first two fixtures could not have been harder really - home to Chelsea and away to the Premier League Champions - but they must have hoped for more out of their last two home games against Cardiff (0-0) and Palace. It is going to be a long hard second season for this club.

Mind you, Huddersfield fans, who remain ultra-enthusiastic and noisy at home with those cardboard clapper boards (as seen at Leicester), would always have accepted their club's fifth from bottom finish. Huddersfield made several summer signings, most of whom have played some part in their programme to date. New signings include French under-21 midfielder Adama Diakhaby from Monaco, and right back Erik Durm from Borussia Dortmund, with whom Wagner worked of course before taking on the Huddersfield job. Durm featured in both Dortmund's Europa League wins over Spurs in March 2016, but he has only made one league start to date.

A player I should have mentioned in my preview for our last meeting with Huddersfield is Alex Pritchard, once of Spurs, when many fans fancied his chances of becoming a fixture in the first team. Alex was signed from Norwich in January, and was a regular until the end of the season, scoring one goal, but he started only the first two games this season, coming off the bench in two more games.

As often happens, the fixtures calendar has more or less replicated itself with Spurs making their second Premier League visit to Huddersfield almost precisely a year later to the day. That game was memorable for a superb 4-0 win, led of course by Harry Kane, who scored two of our goals and was warmly applauded off the pitch by home fans when he was substituted just a few minutes from the end of the game.

I remember speaking to one of the local fans last year, who said he did not expect "The Terriers" to survive their first season in the Premier League, but that they did, finishing four points above Swansea, and even finishing fifth from bottom. In the penultimate round of last season's games David Wagner's team achieved remarkable away draws against Manchester City and Chelsea. Together with relegated Swansea, Huddersfield scored less goals (28) than any other team, but quite rightly their survival was celebrated enthusiastically. They only won one of their last 10 games and that was a narrow 1-0 at home to Watford. That was thought to be the win that would give them the necessary security. Huddersfield's winning goal that day was scored by Tom Ince, who has now been sold to Stoke for 10 million.

Spurs' team news is not so good for tomorrow, but better for next Wednesday's Champions League match against the mighty Barcelona. Christian Eriksen has an abdominal problem, but is expected to be fit for Wednesday. Hugo Lloris may also be back for Barcelona, but he and Michel Vorm will miss tomorrow's game. Serge Aurier will be assessed following his thigh injury on Wednesday night, but Kieran Trippier was always likely to be the starter tomorrow. Regarding the goalkeeper position, Paulo Gazzaniga has given fans every confidence as a third choice keeper. Expect to see Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele aand Kane return to the starting line-up tomorrow.

Huddersfield's only injury problem is the absence of summer signing Ramadan Sobhi, who has a knee injury. Spurs will surely win this game, but I am going for a more moderate win than last year, settling for a 2-0. Hopefully three of our key players can be taken off to save their energy for that tough Barcelona game at Wembley next week.

Already, we are seeing a referee for the second time this season. Craig Pawson was in charge of our 3-0 win at Old Trafford, so that is a good omen. Mr Pawson has been a UEFA referee for a while now, and last week took charge of a high profile Europa League game between Dinamo Zagreb and Fenerbahce. The fourth official is a new name to us - Peter Bankes - who is most often seen in the middle in Championship games.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 26th September 20 years ago, a certain centre half was mentioned in glowing terms when he scored a very late equaliser against Leeds. That's how it was before he moved down the road.

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