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Preview Pack - Charlton v Spurs - 07.05.07

Spurs' recent record in London Derbies
Last Year's Game - 3-2 to Spurs
Last Year's Spursometer - 58%
This season's home game - 5-1 to Spurs
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 37 2005-6
Spurs beat Bolton. Charlton lost to Blackburn

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Full League record against Charlton

Premier        Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home            8  2  3  3   14 -11   9
Away            7  4  0  3   13 -11  12
Total (Prem)   15  6  3  6   27 -22  21
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)   15  6  3  6   27 -22  21
Total (Div 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
Total (Div 2)  12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
Grand Total    49 24  9 16   94 -62  67
Last Six Premiership results:-

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Spurs      3-1   Watford
Spurs      1-0   Reading
Chelsea    1-0   Spurs
Wigan      3-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   Arsenal
M'brough   2-3   Spurs


Charlton   1-0   Wigan
Man City   0-0   Charlton
Charlton   0-0   Reading
Everton    2-1   Charlton
Charlton   1-1   Sheff Utd
Blackburn  4-1   Charlton

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 9 Spurs    35 15  8 12  52-52   0  53  
19 Charlton 36  8  9 19  32-56 -24  33
See the full Premiership table here

The equation for Charlton is simple. They simply MUST win both their remaining games to have even a chance of surviving in the Premiership, as they go into this game 5 points from safety. Yet, two months ago, when Spurs beat West Ham 4-3, and Charlton were regaining form under Alan Pardew, many spoke of the potential irony of Pardew leading Charlton to survival and Curbishley's Hammers seemingly condemned to relegation. Charlton would have wanted easier games than to play Spurs at home and Liverpool away, but perhaps, with Liverpool preparing for the Champions League Final in two and a half weeks time, the "Addicks" do have a glimmer of hope.

This will be the 50th League match between these two sides, and Spurs next goal will be their 100th of this season in all competitions!

If you took the last two seasons results out of the equation, there would be every reason for Charlton to be optimistic against Spurs, who until last year had not even managed to beat Charlton at home in a Premiership game. However, Spurs came back from 2-0 down in October 2005, when we last played at The Valley, thanks to goals by Ledley King, Mido, and Robbie Keane. Keane's winner came ten minutes from time, and ended a three man move involving Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Robbie. Despite his sprained ankle sustained in training last week, there is every chance of Robbie playing in tomorrow night's game.

Since that away win, we have beaten Charlton twice at home. Last February, Defoe scored twice and Jermaine Jenas hit the other in a 3-1 victory. Then, in December, we beat Les Reed's team by a convincing 5-1 thanks to two goals by Berbatov, and strikes by Tainio, Malbranque and Defoe. Jermain has a good scoring record against the club where he was a Junior and where he will get a torrid reception to match that he receives at Upton Park. Defoe will probably start on the bench, but of course he will relish the chance to put The "Addicks" to death.

The week-end results could have been even worse for Charlton, who might have been all but finished, but for Spurs those results could hardly have been better, as Portsmouth were well beaten at Goodison Park, Reading lost at home to relegated Watford, and West Ham put Bolton to the sword.

With two games in hand over four of their competitors for the three UEFA Cup places, Spurs could be above them all before the last game, with 59 points on the board, and qualification for the UEFA Cup guaranteed, before the final home game against Manchester City. Both these games will be difficult though, as Blackburn (our opponents on Thursday) also stand a chance of Europe, if they manage to beat us. Charlton, like any side staring relegation in the face, should battle like tigers for the spils of this game.

It has to be one game at a time though, and we must show no sympathy to Charlton, who will miss "Thug" Thatcher, due to suspension. Another former Spur, who was Charlton's man of the match in many of their early season games - Andy Reid - is close to fitness and may play a part.

Spurs have Tainio and Ekotto back in training, and can field a strong side. An early goal will surely put Charlton heads down, and with it being all or nothing for the home side, I can see it being a field day for Spurs, with a 3-1 win, bringing Charlton's current 7-year tenure on Premiership status to an end.

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