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Premier       Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           6  0  3  3    6 - 9   3
Away           5  3  0  2   10 - 7   9
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Total (Prem)  11  3  3  5   16 -16  12
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Div 1     
Home           11  6  1  4   22 -15  15
Away           11  6  4  1   20 -11  18
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Total (Div 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
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Div 2
Home            6  5  1  0   20 - 5  11
Away            6  1  0  5    5 - 9   2
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Total (Div2)   12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
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Total (Prem)  11  3  3  5   16 -16  12
Total (Div 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
Total (Div 2)  12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
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Grand Total    45 21  9 15   83 -56  58
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Charlton

Charlton   3-1   B'mingham
Everton    0-1   Charlton
Charlton   1-2   Liverpool
Newcastle  1-1   Charlton
M'brough   2-2   Charlton
Fulham     0-0   Charlton
Great new Spurs Head to Head Records in this new publication! (Spurs Odyssey is grateful to Bredon Books Publishing for their permission to quote certain statistics from their book in the compilation of this review)
Spurs

Spurs      0-2   Chelsea
C. Palace  3-0   Spurs
Bolton     3-1   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   P'tsmouth
Spurs      2-0   Fulham
S'hampton  1-0   Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L  F - A GD  Pts
8   Charlton 28 11  7 10  32-38 -6  40
9   Spurs    28 11  6 11  35-31  4  39

Spurs and Charlton return to Premiership action this Wednesday night to fulfil the fixture they should have played on the date of the FA Cup 4th Round replay. Charlton will be rested, as they have not played for 11 days, since drawing at Craven Cottage in a pretty boring game. Charlton were dramatically kicked out of the Cup by lowly Leicester at The Valley in the 5th Round, and it is nearly 60 years since they last visited Wembley for a Cup Final, winning their only major honour in 1947.

Spurs must re-charge their batteries after an arduous defeat at St. James Park. Maybe we should make this a Cup game as we have never lost such a match against Charlton, although we have only met 4 times over the years. We should be glad that we are playing away, as at least we have been able to beat the "Addicks" at their place in recent years, winning 3 out of 5 League games played since April, 1999. At home, we have yet to beat Charlton in a Premiership game in 5 attempts, a statistic in line with our poor record in London Derbies in recent seasons.

Last year we won the corresponding game 4-2, in one of our best performances of the season, with goals from Davies, Defoe, Ledley King and John Jackson (now on loan at Watford). Jackson had scored a real cracker of a goal, but it does not look as if he will progress to ply his trade at the top level. The game was played during a spell of 4 matches which featured no less than 28 goals, 15 of which were scored by Spurs. The Charlton match followed a scraped 4-3 win at home against Portsmouth, when I recall Dean Richards had been booed by the home crowd. The away support at Charlton was keen to at least give Richards a boost with fine vocal support.

There were more goals in this season's home game, which was a watershed for Spurs in some ways. This was Martin Jol's first game in charge, although he was only Caretaker on this occasion. Jamie Redknapp was booed off, and replaced by Michael Carrick, who did fire Spurs up for an attempted comeback, after they had fallen three goals behind. Despite goals by Keane and Defoe, Charlton held on to move above us in the table. After the game, Charlton were 11th and Spurs 14th.

Both sides have now progressed to the top half, and both must have aspirations towards a UEFA qualification through League position, which may now be granted to the team finishing 7th, depending on the teams contesting the FA Cup Final. Spurs can overtake their opponents and climb above Middlesbrough to 7th place with a win. No more incentive is required, surely? The carrot is held out to both teams, and another hotly contested game is likely.

Jermain Defoe has not scored in recent outings, and Martin Jol may start with Robbie Keane, who arguably has better scoring form in the last few weeks. Fredi Kanoute must be a cert to start beside one of those two, surely? Sean Davis was not well enough to take part in this week's reserve fixture and we must assume he is still a way off Premiership match fitness. Edman, Atouba or Ziegler could play at left back, with Andy Reid likely to be back on the left wing.

Both sides really need to win this game to stake their claim to the race for Europe. I'll let my heart rule my head this time, and go for Spurs to win - 2-1.

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