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Preview Pack - Spurs v Reading - 1st April, 2007

This season's away game - 3-1 to Reading
This week - last year
What happened in the Premiership in Match 31 2005-6
Spurs beat West Brom 2-1

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Reading

Prem         Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home          0   0   0   0     0 - 0   0
Away          1   0   0   1     1 - 3   0
Total(Prem)   1   0   0   1     1 - 3   0
Lge Div 1
Home          0   0   0   0     0 - 0   0
Away          0   0   0   0     0 - 0   0
Total(Div 1)  0   0   0   0     0 - 0   0
Lge Div 2
Home          3   1   2   0     9 - 3   4
Away          3   1   0   2     5 - 8   2
Total(Div 2)  6   2   2   2    14 -11   6
Total(Prem)   1   0   0   1     1 - 3   0
Total(Div 1)  0   0   0   0     0 - 0   0
Total(Div 2)  6   2   2   2    14 -11   6
Grand Total   7   2   2   3    15 -14   6
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      0-4   Man Utd
Sheff Utd  2-1   Spurs
Everton    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-1   Bolton
West Ham   3-4   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Watford


Reading    3-2   Wigan
Man City   0-2   Reading
Reading    2-0   A. Villa
M'brough   2-1   Reading
Arsenal    2-1   Reading
Reading    0-0   P'tsmouth

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
7  Spurs   30 13  6 11  43-44  -1  45 
8  Reading 30 13  5 12  43-38   5  44

Accuse me of having a lack of decency, if you like, as Spurs welcome Reading to White Hart Lane for the first time since 30th August, 1930, but I actually want revenge for the 3-1 beating the "Royals" gave us at their place on 12th November this season.

Of course, I heartily congratulate Steve Coppell's side for their marvellous season so far, and I recognise that it has taken Spurs until the second half of the season to climb above the promoted side in the Premiership on a regular basis. We were above them when we met in November, but after that 3-1 defeat and one of Spurs' worst performances of the season, it took until December for us to regain superiority, which was surrendered, then achieved again, after we beat Watford, whilst Reading only managed a goal-less draw at home to Portsmouth.

Steve Coppell has approached the season in a calm and mature fashion, and encouraged his players to do the same. They are the Wigan of this year, but perhaps a grade better, as they challenge us for one of the UEFA Cup league places at stake. Coppell will not want his side to be the Wigan of next year.

Reading are also doing well in the Reserve League - two points clear of their nearest rival, with two games in hand. Mind you, that's no wonder when they fielded a side against our kids that ws nearly as strong as the team they took to Old Trafford for their FA Cup game.

Spurs need to treat this game very carefully, and must not under-estimate the opposition. When we played in November, Reading had suffered a dip in form and lost their previous 4 Premiership games. They've had another loss of form, gaining just one point from that Portsmouth game from their last three, but they are just one point behind us in that race for Europe.

Martin Jol will be welcoming back his International players, hopefully all fit and well, whilst Reading will have had less commitment on the International front, and their players will be raring to go! Former Spurs target Bobby Convey is one of the few Reading casualties, and had to miss the game at The Madjeski Stadium too. He would have relished a return to the arena where he played so well for DC United in October 2002 in a Tottenham Tribute Trust friendly.

There was bad news about Ledley King this week, as he apparently will be out for the rest of this season, although there is nothing official in that item at present. We know about Gardner and Ekotto, and Teemu Tainio and Danny Murphy are also doubts for this one.

Otherwise, it's all systems go for Spurs, with Seville on the horizon (and Chelsea next Satuday!). Martin Jol will have enough breathing space between this game and Seville to go all out against Reading. Maximum effort will be needed in front of the Sky cameras to achieve our fifth consecutive Premiership win.

I would of course love Spurs to dish out a 7-1 beating to repeat the scoreline of that last home game over 76 years ago, but I will settle for three points in any manner whatsoever. For my revenge to be complete, it must be 3-1 to Spurs!

Did you know? When Spurs beat Reading 7-1 on 30th August, 1930, Ted Harper became the first Spurs man to score 5 goals in a competitive game. His record was subsequently matched by Alf Stokes against Birmingham in 1957, and Bobby Smith in 1958 against Aston Villa. At the time, that 7-1 game was Spurs' biggest league win, but two days later they beat Burnley 8-1, with Harper getting two goals!

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