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Preview Pack - Spurs v Bolton - 25.02.07

Last Year's Game - 1-0 to Spurs
Last Year's Spursometer - 71%
This season's away game - 2-0 to Bolton
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 2005-6
Spurs beat Blackburn. Bolton lost at Newcastle

NEW! - See the current injury list for all Premiership Teams!

Full League record against Bolton:-


Premier      Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          7  4  1  2   11 - 8  13
Away          8  1  2  5    6 -13   5
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Total(Prem)  15  5  3  7   17 -21  18
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1) 29 17  5  7   57 - 31 39
Away (Div 1) 29  9  3 17   38 - 52 21
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Total(Div 1) 58 26  8 24   95 - 83 60
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)  2  2  0  0    3 - 1   4
Away (Div 2)  2  1  0  1    1 - 1   2
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Total(Div 2)  4  3  0  1    4 - 2   6
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Total(Prem)  15  5  3  7   17 -21  18
Total(Div 1) 58 26  8 24   95 -83  60
Total(Div 2)  4  3  0  1    4 - 2   6
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Grand Total  77 34 11 32  116 -106 84
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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  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-3   Newcastle
Fulham     1-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-4   Man Utd
Sheff Utd  2-1   Spurs
Everton    1-2   Spurs

Bolton

Liverpool  3-0   Bolton
Bolton     0-0   Man City
M'brough   5-1   Bolton
Bolton     1-1   Charlton
Watford    0-1   Bolton
Bolton     2-1   Fulham

Pos        P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5 Bolton 27 14  5  8  32-28   4  47
10 Spurs  27 10  6 11  32-39  -7  36
Aaron Lennon wheels away after scoring the deciding goal of the corresponding game of last season

Hats off to Sam Allardyce and Bolton for progressing this season and making a realistic challenge upon the Champions League placings! They lie just two points behind Arsenal (who of course do not play in the Premiership this week-end), and having beaten Spurs in no less than 7 out of their last 8 Premiership meetings, must feel pretty confident about this game.

Hats off too, to Allardyce for his 8 million gamble on "The Incredible Sulk" - Nicolas Anelka, who has not only complied with the no-nonsense work ethic of Bolton Wanderers, but has also scored a total of 9 goals this season, two of which came against his former club Arsenal, in Bolton's 3-1 Premiership win in November. Bolton took Arsenal back to the Reebock recently in the FA Cup, but lost out in that 120 minute entertainment of 10 days ago. Anelka has had to do without Kevin Davies beside him in recent games, and Davies is not available for this game either.

Bolton lost out in the Carling Cup in October (to Charlton), so can now fully focus on their aim for European football in their remaining 11 games.

Allardyce continues to cleverly import talent from afar, and yet manages to blend them into a working unit that wins begrudging admiration. His latest arrival is 29 year old Martin Cesar, a central defender from Spain, where he has played over 200 games at the top level. Another import at the start of this season, Abdoulaye Meite, has played in 26 Premiership games, and was instrumental in Bolton's first goal in their 2-0 win over us in the opening game of the season. Meite tugged back Calum Davenport, allowing Kevin Davies to score in the ninth minute. Ivan Campo scored a stunning 35 yarder in the 13th minute to ensure a bad start to the Spurs season.

Our only Premiership victory in the last 8 games was in the corresponding game last season, when a 60th minute Aaron Lennon goal was enough to keep us in fourth place, with one game remaining. Sadly we all know what followed, and the least said about that, the better!

Despite our apparent return to form, this Sunday's game will be a stiff test. Spurs have lost three consecutive home Premiership games, and desperately need to put an end to that dismal run. Perhaps there are encouraging chinks in the Bolton armour, as before their recent wins against Watford and Fulham, The "Trotters" had a four match run without a win, which included a 5-1 defeat at The Riverside.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto definitely joins Ledley King on the injury list and Anthony Gardner is only rated 50-50 for this game, leaving an opening for Ricardo Rocha, who did not relish another match against "Battlers" at Bramall Lane two weeks ago. Personally, I hope that Gardner is fit. Tom Huddlestone is expected to be fit, and Mido is back in training, but I suspect the Spurs team will be very similar to that which played on Wednesday night.

I'm feeling optimistic here, and will go for a 2-0 win to Spurs, buoyed by a noisy crowd, most of whom will be only too pleased to be missing the Carling Cup Final on TV. Blimey, if Spurs win this one, they'll have me thinking they could yet creep into the UEFA qualifying places. Let's hope we can roll the Allardyce!

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