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Preview Pack - Portsmouth v Spurs - 18.10.04

Last Year's Game - Portsmouth 2 Spurs 0
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 9 2003-4

Full Record of Spurs -v- Portsmouth

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           1   1   0   0    4 - 3   3
Away           1   0   0   1    0 - 2   0
Total (Prem)   2   1   0   1    4 - 5   3
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  13   4   6   3   27 -22  14
Away (Div 1)  13   3   5   5   14 -22  11
Total(Div 1)  26   7  11   8   41 -44  25
Total (Prem)   2   1   0   1    4 - 5   3
Total(Div 1)  26   7  11   8   41 -44  25
Grand Total   28   8  11   9   44 -49  28

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)
Charlton   2-1   P'tsmouth
P'tsmouth  4-3   Fulham
P'tsmouth  3-1   C. Palace
Blackburn  1-0   P'tsmouth
P'tsmouth  0-1   Everton
Norwich    2-2   P'tsmouth


West Brom  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   B'mingham
Spurs      0-0   Norwich
Chelsea    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Man Utd
Everton    0-1   Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L  F - A  GD  Pts
5   Spurs     8  3  4  1  5 - 3   2  13
13  P'tsmouth 7  2  2  3  11- 11  0   8

A game, a game at last! After the two week break for International Fixtures, the Premiership returns this week-end, much to our relief! Sadly, Spurs and Portsmouth fans have to wait two extra days for their Monday night fixture, by which time Spurs will probably be playing "catch-up" again to retain their fifth place in the table. Everton will have hosted Southampton and Man Utd play at St. Andrews this week-end, so maybe the latter result will give us a better chance to improve upon our current league status.

Mind you, there's a tough game to be played at Fratton Park, in front of one of the most enthusiastic crowds in the Premiership. Pompey are 5 points and 8 places behind Spurs so they will be looking for another home win to close that gap. They have a game in hand, but that is away at Anfield.

Harry Redknapp's team have won just two games, both at home, to Palace and Fulham, but they have been scoring goals, with both Yakubu and Berger in good form. Recent signing Ricardo Fuller has been a potent force too, and will need watching. Portsmouth lost their last home game, against Everton, so we must hope that the form book holds true and that Spurs can come away victorious again.

There have been many links between the two clubs in recent years. Last season of course Portsmouth featured Tim Sherwood and Teddy Sheringham, both now with Coca-Cola Championship sides. Sherwood suffered a broken leg in the corresponding fisture last season, which was a miserable and wet Boxing Day out for Spurs, who lost 2-0. Both goals were scored by that man Patrick Berger, and expensive free kicks just outside the box came into the equation, with Yakubu being influential in winning those kicks.

Our own Michael Brown played 4 games on loan for Pompey during the 99-2000 season, and renewed his acquaintance in the 4-3 win at The Lane, when we won through a late goal by Gus Poyet's knee! Although Michael Carrick is being quoted as looking forward to a possible debut on Monday, in my view, Brown is more likely to get a start this time for an away fixture, when we shall be missing Jamie Redknapp for at least one game, pending his discipline hearing for that tackle on Cahill at Everton. It seems to me that Sean Davis is still going to be short of match fitness, so a midfield of Davies, Brown, Mendes and Atouba is on the cards, methinks.

Fredi Kanoute is raring to go, although he and Nourredine Naybet will be honouring Ramadan from this week-end for 30 days. One hopes that should they feel below par due to their daylight fasting rule, then they will be honest and professional enough to declare the fact. In the absence of Spurs football, this subject has been a major topic of discussion on the Spurs message boards this week!

Robbie Keane will not be willing to give up his starting position easily, feeling on the crest of a wave after his two goals for Eire against The Faroe Islands, thereby beating Niall Quinn's scoring record for the Republic.

Portsmouth are likely to be missing De Zeeuw, Stefanovic, and Steve Stone, but there will be enough in the Blue armoury to give Spurs a hard time, and my head tells me we may well have to settle for a draw. My heart says we will win 2-0, and exact full revenge for last Christmas!

Did you know? On the last two occasions these two sides have met in the FA Cup, Spurs have gone on to win the trophy! (1967 and 1991)

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