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Preview Pack - Spurs v Middlesbrough - 28.11.04

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Middlesbrough

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           9  2  4  3    8 - 13  10
Away           9  2  3  4    8 - 13   9
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Total(Prem)   18  4  7  7   16 - 26  19
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   25 15  4  6   62 - 40  36
Away(Div 1)   25  3  6 16   25 - 52  13
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Total(Div 1)  50 18 10 22   87 - 92  49
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1  0  0  1    2 -  5   0
Away(Div 2)    1  0  0  1    0 -  3   0
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Total(Div 2)   2  0  0  2    2 -  8   0
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Total(Prem)   18  4  7  7   16 - 26  19
Total(Div 1)  50 18 10 22   87 - 92  49
Total(Div 2)   2  0  0  2    2 -  8   0
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Grand Total   70 22 17 31  105 -126  68
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Last Six Premiership results:-

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 preview)
Spurs

P'tsmouth  1-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Bolton
Fulham     2-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-3   Charlton
Spurs      4-5   Arsenal
A. Villa   1-0   Spurs

Middlesbrough

Blackburn  0-4   M'brough
M'brough   1-1   P'tsmouth
Charlton   1-2   M'brough
M'brough   1-1   Bolton
West Brom  1-2   M'brough
M'brough   2-0   Liverpool

Pos         P   W  D  L  F - A GD  Pts
 4 M'brough 14  7  4  3  24-16  8  25
15 Spurs    14  3  4  7  12-17 -5  13

Everyone connected with Spurs is desperate for a win. Home fans have not seen such an event since we scraped home against Birmingham in August. The last league win on October 2nd at Goodison Park has at least been punctuated by a couple of good away Carling Cup victories that give us something to hope for, at least until we meet Liverpool next Wednesday. For the first time since I have been writing these previews, the form guide over the last 6 games shows not one point on the map, and confirms that currently we are the worst team in the Premiership. In direct contrast, Middlesbrough are the best team in the League on current form, having gained 14 points from those last 6 games, being unbeaten, scoring 12 and conceding just 4 goals to reach 4th place at the time of writing. Not too hopeful for us, is it? The visitors have to be good value at just under 2/1 for the win (7/4 - 17/10). You can get 6/4 on Spurs.

More depression lies in the fact that Spurs have managed only one win in their last 13 games against this opposition, who knocked us out of the League Cup this time last year, but only on penalties. That solitary win was achieved three years ago by a margin of 2-1. Boksic had scored in the 8th minute, but then Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand secured the points.

"Borough" (there is actually no "o" between the "B" and the "R") have plenty of star names to boast, such as Hasselbaink, Viduka, Zenden, Southgate and Ehiogu to name but a few. (Mendietta is out for the season with a knee injury) And yet a youngster, 20 year old Stewart Downing, has been making headlines and more than justifying his inclusion in the first team, having scored 4 goals in all games, and been the maker of several others from the wing.

Southampton play Palace on Saturday, whilst Norwich are at Birmingham. In theory, two of these three teams could go above us, and Spurs would still be outside the bottom three - just! Clearly, Spurs have to start doing things for themselves, and get a win on the board real soon, but it might not happen this week. But, remember, we have lost most of our games by the odd goal, and we have played some decent football in patches. The crowd will be urging the team on, but I fear they will see another defeat.

Reverse pyschology? Maybe, but I predict 2-1 to the visitors, before Spurs start to turn the corner next week.

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