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Preview Pack - Spurs v Charlton - 06.11.04

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Premier       Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           5  0  3  2    4 - 6   3
Away           5  3  0  2   10 - 7   9
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Total (Prem)  10  3  3  4   14 -13  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)  10  3  3  4   14 -13  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    44 21  9 14   81 -53  58
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Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs

Chelsea    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Man Utd
Everton    0-1   Spurs
P'tsmouth  1-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Bolton
Fulham     2-0   Spurs

Charlton

B'mingham  1-1   Charlton
Charlton   1-0   Blackburn
Arsenal    4-0   Charlton
Charlton   1-1   Newcastle
Liverpool  2-0   Charlton
Charlton   1-2   M'brough

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
11 Spurs    11  3  4  4   6-8  -2  13
13 Charlton 11  3  3  5  10-19 -9  12

For the second week running, Spurs have a London Derby against a team with a better record in such fixtures than our own. Mind you, with only 1 win in 17 such matches, Spurs' record is not hard to bet!

Charlton won two of their first three matches and must have thought they were on track to repeat the good results they had last term, but their form has dwindled almost as badly as Spurs in the last 6 games. Alan Curbishley's side have a record marginally better than ours in the current 6-game form guide, with one more draw, but theu have only managed one point from their first five away fixtures, when they drew 1-1 at St. Andrews.

Charlton have conceded 4 goals in no less than 3 of their first 11 games - all away from home at Bolton, Man City and Highbury. Whilst hoping it happens again this week, I would be happy to get three points, as next week we face our traditional enemies on our turf, when the task to win will be that much tougher.

Spurs have yet to manage a home win over Charlton in the Premiership, and have only managed one home win in the last 8 attempts. That was a 3-0 in 1988-89. Twice in recent years we have beaten Charlton 4-2. There was last season's great performance at The Valley, and then there was the FA Cup win in 2001. I also remember David Ginola scoring a late winner at The Valley in 1999 to secure a 4-1 winning margin.

There is a long list of players that have played for both clubs. Dennis Bond, who never really made it under Bill Nicholson, played at The Valley between 1970 & 1973. Dennis can often be seen around the Lane and at Spurs events. It was good to see him in the line-up of ex-players paying their respects a couple of weeks ago. We can expect to see recent ex-Spurs players Luke Young, Chris Perry and loanee Paul Konchesky feature in some capacity this Saturday. Of the three, Konchesky is likely to be on the bench, I suspect.

We know that Spurs will be missing Edman, Atouba, and Sean Davis for a start. After Monday night's reserve win against Chelsea Youth, I advocated a place for Mark Yeates who stormed down the left wing. I suspect that Reto Ziegler will hold the slot. The choice of strike partnerhsip is more important than ever to end our League goal drought. Jamie Redknapp will be eligible for a return, after serving his supension, and Simon Davies might be edged out by Michael Carrick, although playing on the right is not his forte.

Both teams will be desperate to win, but I will stick my neck out and predict a Spurs win by the odd goal in three.

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