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Preview Pack - Spurs v Charlton - 04.02.06

Last Year's Game - Spurs 2 Charlton 3
Last Year's Spursometer - 48%
This season's away Game - Charlton 2 Spurs 3
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 2004-5
Spurs lost at Bolton. Charlton lost at home to Liverpool

Full League record against Charlton

Premier        Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home            6  0  3  3    6 - 9   3
Away            7  4  0  3   13 -11  12
Total (Prem)   13  4  3  6   19 -20  15
Div 1     
Home           11  6  1  4   22 -15  15
Away           11  6  4  1   20 -11  18
Total (Div 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
Div 2
Home            6  5  1  0   20 - 5  11
Away            6  1  0  5    5 - 9   2
Total (Div2)   12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
Total (Prem)   13  4  3  6   19 -20  15
Total (Div 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
Total (Div 2)  12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
Grand Total    47 22  9 16   86 -60  61

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)

West Brom  2-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Newcastle
Man City   0-2   Spurs
Liverpool  1-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   A. Villa
Fulham     1-0   Spurs


Charlton   0-1   Arsenal
Charlton   2-0   West Ham
Everton    3-1   Charlton
Charlton   2-0   Birmingham
Chelsea    1-1   Charlton
Charlton   0-0   West Brom

Pos          P  W  D  L  F -A   GD  Pts
 4 Spurs    24 11  8  5  31-20  11  41
11 Charlton 22  9  3 10  27-31  -4  30

To the best of my knowledge, Danny Murphy is the first ever player to have been signed directly by Spurs from Charlton on a full-time basis. Paul Konchesky was a loan signing a couple of years ago, but the closest record I have found to a direct full signing was in the 1928-9 season, when a full back by the auspicious name of Baden Herod signed for Spurs from Brentford, having left Charlton 8 months earlier.Herod had been a stalwart of 6 years standing at The Valley, but only made 51 appearances in Spurs' colours before moving on to Chester in 1931.

The only other players to have played for Spurs AFTER Charlton over the years were Len Worley in the Fifties, and Paul Walsh in the Eighties.

One of the reasons that Murphy cited as influencing his decision was the stronger support of Spurs fans. Charlton's woeful away support will be in evidence on Sunday, as they are occupying only half the seats normally available to visitors. That allows more home support to urge on their heroes in the race not just for European football, but a coveted Champions League slot.

Murphy will not be allowed to make his debut, thanks to a "gentlemen's agreement" between Daniel Levy and Charlton, when the ex-England and Liverpool midfielder was signed late on Tuesday night. No doubt our new signing will be introduced to welcoming applause before the game, although he has been the target of Spurs boo-boys in previous meetings since he turned us down in 2004. Murphy was one of the providers for Charlton's Darren Bent who scored two goals against us at The Valley in October, before we staged a great come-back to win 3-2, with a fine winner by substitute Robbie Keane.

Bent is likely to play on Sunday, and could be partnered by new signing (no relation) Marcus - recently signed from Everton. Spurs have yet to beat the "Addicks" in a home Premiership game.

Spurs will have selection problems aplenty. Young-Pyo Lee will presumably not be back from South Korea, where he has been with his family after the sad event of the passing of his father. Michael Dawson will serve his one-match ban after the sending off at Fulham. Ledley King still carries an injury, but will surely play. Davids and Tainio are still very doubtful, and now Andy Reid is out for up to 6 weeks.

That still leaves Michael Carrick available to marshall the midfield and (hopefully) be the creator-in-chief for the home side. Carrick replaced Jamie Redknapp in last season's home game, which became the fourth in a run of 6 consecutive Premiership defeats for Spurs. It was for this match last season that Martin Jol took over the reins as Head Coach.

Spurs other January acquisition - midfielder Hossam Ghaly - may not be available, as he would have travelled to Africa for the Egyptian team, if he did not have a groin strain. I also understand that Ghaly has yet to arrive in this country, and the issue of a work permit still has to be finalised. Maybe Tom Huddlestone will get another game.

Charlton had an amazing start to the season away from home, winning their first five games. However, they have lost on their last four trips, and their fall down the table came a lot earlier in the season than last year. The ship has been steadied in recent weeks though, and no doubt Danny's former team-mates will be out to prove a point.

It's time for Spurs to end that dismal home record against Alan Curbishley's men. It is also time to really assert themselves and stake a firm claim to fourth place. It's another must-win game, and it will be tight, but I'll take Spurs to win 2-1.

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