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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premier League Season
for 2016-2017 - Matchday 29

Updating a couple of records

This article is going to refer specifically to Spurs' run of consecutive home wins, and a rather special new record we have noticed regarding Dele Alli. However, a couple of other thoughts come to mind after this week's round of Premier League games.

Firstly, Harry Kane's enforced absence from Premier League games will affect his chances of finishing as top scorer for a second consecutive season. Already Romelu Lukaku has leapt two ahead after his two goals against Hull, and has now scored 5 goals in 4 consecutive games. Dele Alli is creeping up the list, and with 14 goals has drawn level with striker Jermain Defoe, who at 34 earned a recall to the England International squad this week. What chance Dele Alli for top Premier League scorer? This and other issues can be investigated at NetBet, including our next game at Burnley on April 1st, when we hope not to be fooled! With Sanchez, Diego Costa and Ibrahimovic (when back from suspension) still in the leading scorer market, Harry will be hoping for an achievable catch-up figure.

A couple of weeks ago, in our Matchday 27 review, we discussed our ongoing record of consecutive Premier League home wins. The figure was 9 then, and after Sunday's win, now stands on 10. That is our best Premier League record. We thought that Peter McWilliam's 1920s side held the record with 12 such wins, but now our own ace statistician Declan Mulcahy, and indeed, the official Tottenham Hotspur site have clarified the situation.

The record for our current team to beat is a run of 14 consecutive home wins by Spurs in 1987. After losing 2-1 at home to Arsenal in January that year, we went on a run of consecutive home league wins that carried over to the 87-88 season, ending in October - with another 2-1 defeat against Arsenal! This means that even if we win our remaining 4 home games this season (Watford, Bournemouth, Arsenal, Man Utd), we would have to wait until next season to create a new club record. That 14 game run actually started with five consecutive home league matches, although they were interspersed with FA Cup and League Cup games. (Guess who knocked us out of the League Cup semi-final after a third game!)

Declan, who offers assistance throughout the year to Spurs Odyssey also tells me that Dele Alli has become a player to replace Aaron Lennon in terms of scoring in Premier League games and not losing.

Dele Alli has scored 24 Premier League goals since the beginning of last season. These were scored in 20 games of which Spurs won 15 and drew 5.

In terms of the Premier League he ranks joint 6th alongside Antonio Valencia. Next up on the list is former Spurs player Oyvind Leonhardsen with 28 games. He scored 7 times in 6 Premier League games for Spurs. The remainder were with Wimbledon, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Top of the list is James Milner who has scored 48 goals in 47 matches none of which were lost. The most recent was a penalty for Liverpool against Manchester City this weekend.

Alli has only scored three times for Spurs apart from the Premier League. All were this season and all three games were won CSKA Moscow (h), Wycombe(h) and Millwall (h).

When those are included he has scored in 23 games none of which Spurs have lost.

According to my personal records, Aaron Lennon scored 29 goals in 28 matches for Spurs which were not lost. These included 4 cup or European games. Lennon carried on in similar fashion with Everton, until he scored but his team lost to West Ham in March last year.

In a season where we have so far won just 4 away league games, Southampton became our third "double" victims, joining Stoke and Middlesbrough.

Christian Eriksen was your Spurs Odyssey man of the match in Sunday's game against Southampton. You can see the spursometer in full here. Thanks to all who took part in our post-match survey.

Premier League results 18-19.03.17

West Brom   3-1   Arsenal
C. Palace   1-0   Watford
Everton     4-0   Hull
Stoke       1-2   Chelsea
S'derland   0-0   Burnley
West Ham    2-3   Leicester
B'mouth     2-0   Swansea
M'brough    1-3   Man Utd
Spurs       2-1   S'hampton
Man City    1-1   Liverpool

            Premier League Table

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

 1. Chelsea   28 22  3  3  59-21  38   69 
 2. Spurs     28 17  8  3  55-21  34   59
 3. Man City  28 17  6  5  54-30  24   57
 4. Liverpool 29 16  8  5  61-36  25   56  
 5. Man Utd   27 14 10  3  42-23  19   52
 6. Arsenal   27 15  5  7  56-34  22   50
 7. Everton   29 14  8  7  51-30  21   50
 8. West Brom 29 12  7 10  39-38   1   43
 9. Stoke     29  9  9 11  33-42  -9   36
10. S'hampton 27  9  6 12  33-36  -3   33
11. B'mouth   29  9  6 14  42-54 -12   33
12. West Ham  29  9  6 14  40-52 -12   33
13. Burnley   29  9  5 15  31-42 -11   32
14. Watford   28  8  7 13  33-48 -15   31 
15. Leicester 28  8  6 14  33-47 -14   30
16. C. Palace 28  8  4 16  36-46 -10   28
17. Swansea   29  8  3 18  36-63 -27   27
18. Hull      29  6  6 17  26-58 -32   24
19. M'brough  28  4 10 14  20-33 -13   22
20. S'derland 28  5  5 18  24-50 -26   20

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