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Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          4   2   1   1    9 -  5   7
Away          5   3   1   1   10 -  6  10
Total(Prem)   9   5   2   2   19 - 11  17
Div 1
Home         31  21   6   4   76 - 40  50
Away         31   9   7  15   46 - 60  27
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Div 2
Home          6   5   1   0   18 -  9  11
Away          6   1   0   5    6 - 16   2
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
Total(Prem)   9   5   2   2   19 - 11  17
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
GRAND TOTAL  83  41  16  26  165 -136 107

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    LWWWWW
Arsenal    4-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    S'hampton
Leicester  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Burnley
Everton    2-6    Spurs
Spurs      5-0    B'mouth

Wolves     -    LWWWLD

Cardiff    2-1    Wolves
Wolves     2-1    Chelsea
Newcastle  1-2    Wolves
Wolves     2-0    B'mouth
Wolves     0-2    Liverpool
Fulham     1-1    Wolves

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs    19 15  0  4  42-18  24   45
11. Wolves   19  7  5  7  20-22  -2   26  

We are contenders!

With two big wins over Everton and Bournemouth, together with consecutive defeats for Manchester City, Spurs usurped City as Liverpool's closest rivals for the 2018-19 Premier League title. We truly are contenders, and should assert our position by beating Wolves tomorrow afternoon in a 3pm kick-off at Wembley.

Such a result would draw us to within three points of Liverpool, who play Arsenal at tea-time. A win would put additional pressure upon Jurgen Klopp's team. It would also put us four points ahead of City, who play at Southampton on Sunday. Spurs must beware though. Wolves are a talented side and do represent a potential banana skin. Why, they even dress in yellow - well gold!

The last time we played Wolves at home, at White Hart Lane of course, was almost 7 years ago on 14th January, 2012. Spurs were third, managed by Harry Redknapp. Wolves started the day in 16th place, and were managed by Mick McCarthy. Spurs would finish the season in fourth place, but did not get a place in the Champions League due to 6th placed Chelsea beating Bayern Munich (on penalties) in the Champions League Final the following week. Wolves would finish bottom of the league, and in fact won only one Premier League game in the calendar year of 2012. The game itself was a disappointment for Spurs, who only drew 1-1. Our goal was scored by Luka Modric in his last full season at Spurs.

It's a different Wolves who come to Wembley for this first game of the second half of this season. With the full support of his board, and his Portuguese connections, manager Nuno Esperito Santo has built a team which had such a great start to this season, before they suffered a six-game winless run, before hitting winning form again when their victims included our top four rivals Chelsea.

This will be the first time we play Wolves at Wembley. The 1921 FA Cup Final, which we won 1-0 (with the goal scored by Jimmy Dimmock) was played at Stamford Bridge. The last time we played Wolves on or near this date was 46 years ago on Saturday 30th December, 1972, when we played the second leg of the 1972 League Cup semi-final. That game was drawn 2-2 with goals by the two Martins - Peters and Chivers. Spurs had won the first leg 10 days earlier 2-1 with goals by John Pratt, and Peters again, ensuring a 4-3 aggregate win. We would go on to win the 1973 League Cup Final, played in March.

Earlier in 1972, we had wom the UEFA Cup Final against Wolves, and that too was the result of an away win (2-1) and a home draw (1-1) with Alan Mullery the heroic scorer of our home goal, havinmg been called back by Bill Nicholson from his loan with Fulham. "Mullers" had also scored in the second leg of our semi-final against AC Milan.

Spurs have confirmed that Serge Aurier is back in training and presumably would be available for selection, but perhaps Trippier will get this game, having sat out Wednesday's win against Bournemouth. Dele Alli, who suffered a tight hamstring at Goodison Park will be assessed before this game. It seems that both Victor Wanyama and Jan Vertonghen are gettimg closer to a return, whilst we will have to wait longer for Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier.

Toby Alderweireld is due a break, and I suspect he may sit this one out, with perhaps Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth in tandem. Spurs has extended Toby's contract till 2020, as per the original contract agreement, but this does mean he could be purchased for the agreed release fee of 25 million in the summer. All Spurs fans will be hoping for a fresh contract agreement before then.

Wolves' main injury concern is Jota, who went off at half-time against Bournemouth on December 15th and hasn't played since. Jota sustained a hamstring injury and is a mjor doubt for tomorrow. Dendoncker is described as a slight doubt, but he has only played 9 Premier League minutes anyway, so I would not expect him to be challenging for a place, most of which have been very consistently filled by the same names so far this season.

The game is one with a capped attendance (51,000) and is described as a sell-out in these terms. Let's hope the Spurs crowd can make plenty of noise and cheer their side on to another big win. My prediction is 3-1 to Spurs!

The only Spurs game refereed by tomorrow's official Stuart Attwell was our 3-1 Carabao Cup win over West Ham at the London Stadium at the end of October. This will be Mr. Attwell's eleventh Premier League game of the season. Wolves have seen him twice, when they beat Southampton at home, and then when they drew away to Arsenal.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - 20 years ago on 28th December 1998, Spurs beat Everton 4-1. Chris Armstrong scored a hat-trick.

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