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Preview Pack - Spurs v Liverpool - 17.01.04

Last Year's Game - Spurs 2 Liverpool 3
This season's game at Anfield - Liverpool 0 Spurs 0
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 22 2002-3

Full Record of Spurs -v- Liverpool


Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        11   5   3   3   17 -16  18
Away        12   1   3   8   10 -25   6
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Total(Prem) 23   6   6  11   27 -41  24
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
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Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Total(Prem) 23   6   6  11   27 -41  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 121 34  30  57  136 -194 110
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Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs

Newcastle  4  0   Spurs
Spurs      1  2   Man Utd
P'tsmouth  2  0   Spurs
Spurs      0  1   Charlton
Spurs      4  1   B'mingham
Leeds      0  1   Spurs

Liverpool

Newcastle  1  1   Liverpool
Liverpool  1  2   S'hampton
Liverpool  3  1   Bolton
Man City   2  2   Liverpool
Chelsea    0  1   Liverpool
Liverpool  1  0   A. Villa

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 5 Liverpool 20  9  5  6 30-21   9  32
13 Spurs     21  7  3 11 24-30  -6  24

Despite their injury problems, Liverpool will be able to pick each of their top 4 goalscores this season. Michael Owen made his return last week against Villa (and managed to hit the crossbar from 3 yards out!), whilst Heskey, Kewell, and Murphy are all fit for action. Jamie Carragher and Steve Finnan did make a come-back in the reserves this week, but are not expected to be ready for the Prem as yet. Steve Gerrard is also likely to miss out.

Both Spurs and Liverpool have of course won their last three games. Whilst Liverpool have a 5-match unbeaten run to their name, their wins over Yeovil and Aston Villa were not that convincing performance-wise, although anyone winning at Chelsea has to be respected!

Despite a season perceived to have been a great disappointment, Liverpool have lifted themselves to fifth place, just 2 points behind Charlton, with a game in hand (at Wolves next week). Recent results have been achieved without key players, and perhaps ground out, which historically has not been the Liverpool style.

Spurs are in good heart, and their form in those last three successive wins has been excellent, largely thanks to Stephane Dalmat's lightning skills. The big question of course, is who will replace Fredi Kanoute? As I mentioned in my report on Monday's Spurs' Resrves' game, despite the fact that Postiga scored, I would prefer Bobby Zamora next to Keane. However, Postiga tends to get the nod over Bobby, so we will have to wait on that one, as both will surely be in the squad.

Michael Brown will also be in the Spurs squad, but may have to play a waiting game, as I suspect that other than Kanoute, the starting line-up will be the same as at Leeds, putting Dalmat, Anderton, King and Simon Davies in the middle. Davies has had a great return to the side, making typical penetrative runs, and popping up in the box, as he did against Birmingham to score last week. I believe that Gus Poyet's three match suspension for his red card against Crystal Palace will start this week.

Earlier in the season, we got a deserved draw at Anfield, with our first clean sheet in 17 games, and at a time when Liverpool were still seeking their first win of the season. In the corresponding game of last season, after a goal-less first half, Spurs lost a 48th minute lead achieved by Taricco's first-ever goal for the club, before going 3-1 down. Teddy Sheringham scored a late goal, after a head-down by debutant Jamie Slabber. (See the links at the top of the page for the full reports on these games).

So, one of these two teams is going to lose its winning run. Which one? On paper, form dictates that it will be Spurs, but I fancy them to at least get a point, and as we do have a respectable home record, I am going to stick my neck out, and plump for a 2-1 win to Spurs!

Did you know? Our last two matches against Liverpool have been refereed by Uriah Rennie! Incredibly, we have got him again for this match!

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