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Preview Pack - Spurs v Charlton - 09.12.06

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Spurs drew 3-3 at Middlesbrough. Charlton lost 3-0 at Wigan

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Full League record against Charlton


Premier        Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home            7  1  3  3    9 -10   6
Away            7  4  0  3   13 -11  12
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Total (Prem)   14  5  3  6   22 -21  18
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Div 1     
Home           11  6  1  4   22 -15  15
Away           11  6  4  1   20 -11  18
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Total (Div 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
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Div 2
Home            6  5  1  0   20 - 5  11
Away            6  1  0  5    5 - 9   2
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Total (Div2)   12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
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Total (Prem)   14  5  3  6   22 -21  18
Total (Div 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
Total (Div 2)  12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
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Grand Total    48 23  9 16   89 -61  64
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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

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

Charlton

Charlton   1-0   Man City
Wigan      3-2   Charlton
Reading    2-0   Charlton
Charlton   1-1   Everton
Sheff Utd  2-1   Charlton
Charlton   1-0   Blackburn

Pos           P  W  D  L  F -A   GD  Pts
10 Spurs     16  6  4  6  15-20  -5  22
19 Charlton  16  3  3 10  12-23 -11  12

When Spurs last played Charlton on 5th February, Jermain Defoe scored two goals (his first for a month), Danny Murphy was in the stands, having recently signed for Spurs from the South London side, and Tom Huddlestone made his home debut, replacing an injured Tainio after just 25 minutes.

Charlton had arrived in 11th place, but only managed 4 wins in their remaining 15 games of the season, finishing in 13th place, after such a fine start to last season. This time round, under new management, Charlton have started badly, but earnt a last kick of the game win on Tuesday night when El Karkouri scored from a free kick. With that win, Charlton climbed off the bottom of the table, and come to White Hart lane desperate for more winning form.

Spurs will not be the worst place for them to come either. That February win was our first home Premiership win against a side that has won 7 to our 6 of 14 games at Premiership level.

It's not easy to figure out why Charlton's form has been so poor this season. Rumour has it of course that Iain Dowie upset the applecart with his training methods, but the radical overhaul of playing staff must also have had some effect. Out went ex-Spur Chris Perry,Chris Powell, Sean Bartlett,Francis Jeffers, Jason Euell, and Stephan Anderson, to name just 6. The imports included high-profile names such as Traore from Liverpool, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Amdy Faye, Souleymane Diawara, and our own Andy Reid.

Andy Reid will obviously feel he has a point to prove. He has been in good form for Charlton, and I have noticed that he has been nominated as Man of the Match on three or four occasions by Telegraph writers. Reid has also scored two goals in the last three games. Top scorer is Darren Bent with 6 Premiership goals. Hasselbaink has managed only one goal.

Spurs then had better watch out for a Les Reed inspired recovery, but they have plenty of motivation, such as (in theory) being able to climb further in the top half of the table. As far as I'm concerned, Spurs have still to regain a lot of lost favour with their fans after last Saturday's performance at the other end of Seven Sisters Road.

The absence of Robbie Keane (5/6 weeks) should do nothing but inspire Defoe to find consistent scoring form. Jenas won't be back till the New Year, but Tom Huddlestone will relish the chance to establish his hold on a midfield slot. "Hudd" certainly has impressed whenever given the chance this season in all thee competitions so far, and was my clear man of the match against Middlesbrough.

Teemu Tainio may start beside "Hudd", but Hossam Ghaly will be back in the squad, thus filling the gap left for three games by the suspended Didier Zokora. The strength of the Spurs squad is about to be tested over these next few weeks.

Charlton have managed only one point (at Newcastle) on the road so far, but I don't expect them to sit back for this game. They know that Spurs will give them a chance to play an attacking game. That said, there are enough Spurs players with a point to prove, and a place to claim (including of course Danny Murphy!) for me to confidently predict a 3-0 win, with Defoe scoring twice again!

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