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Preview Pack - Spurs v Leeds - 23.08.03

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Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs       0  2   Man City
West Brom   2  3   Spurs
Spurs       0  2   Man Utd
M'brough    5  1   Spurs
Spurs       0  4   Blackburn
Birmingham  1  0   Spurs


S'hampton   3  2   Leeds
Leeds       2  0   Fulham
Leeds       2  3   Blackburn
Arsenal     2  3   Leeds
Leeds       3  1   Aston Villa
Leeds       2  2   Newcastle

Final Pos     P  W   D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
10 Spurs     38  14  8 16 51-62 -11 50
15 Leeds     38  14  5 19 58-57  1  47

Did you know?:-
...that despite his contretemps with manager Peter Reid, Mark Viduka's goalscoring form continues? He scored last week against Newcastle, and has scored in five consecutive league games. He was Leeds top scorer last season with 20 league goals.
...that Robbie Keane has scored 13 league goals for both Leeds and Spurs? It took him 29 games for Spurs, and 46 appearances for Leeds.
...that James Milner (who made his third appearance for Leeds at White Hart Lane last year) became the youngest ever Premiership goalscorer on Boxing Day last year (eclipsing Wayne Rooney), when he was just 16 years and 257 days old? Milner only scored one more goal in a total of 18 appearances in his first season.
...that the man with the rocket shot - Peter Lorimer - was Leeds' youngest ever league player in 1962, aged just 15 years and 289 days?

Leeds Transfers this close season:-

Jody Morris - Chelsea (Free)
Zoumana CAMARA - Lens (Loan)
Didier DOMI - PSG (Loan)
Lamine SAKHO - Marseilles (Loan)                           

Harry Kewell - Liverpool (5 million) 
Olivier Dacourt - Roma (3.47 million)                    

Robbie Keane scored against his old team at home and away last season, but sadly he will be absent this week, following his injury playing for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night.

The indications are that neither Dean Richards or Ledley King will be ready for this game. It does look like Bobby Zamora and Stephen Carr will play, despite injury scares concerning them during the week. Chris Perry will be available following suspension, but Gus Poyet is suspended and injured. I suspect the team may line up like this in a 3-4-2-1:- Keller; Perry, Bunjevcevic, Gardner; Carr, Redknapp, Ricketts, Taricco; Davies; Zamora, Postiga with Sullivan; Doherty, Kelly, Acimovic and Slabber being on the bench.

With a trip to Anfield next Wednesday, Spurs desperately need to win this game, otherwise they will be getting jittery of equalling their record run of 7 consecutive league defeats, which were suffered in January and February of 1994. That would happen if we lost our next three games.

The word is that Mabizela's work permit has been granted, and he may feature this week, but there is still paperwork to be completed. Once again the transfer deadline looms large, and it looks like Spurs will be cutting it fine (again!) to get that defensive midfielder before the end of the month.

I'll predict a 2-1 win with goals for Zamora and Postiga.

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