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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Bolton v Spurs - 23.09.07

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What happened in the Premiership in Match 7 2006-07

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Full League record against Bolton:-


Premier      Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          8  5  1  2   15 - 9  16
Away          8  1  2  5    6 -13   5
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Total(Prem)  16  6  3  7   21 -22  21
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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)  16  6  3  7   21 -22  21
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  78 35 11 32  120 -107 87
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Bolton

Bolton     1-3   Newcastle
Fulham     2-1   Bolton
P'tsmouth  3-1   Bolton
Bolton     3-0   Reading
Bolton     1-2   Everton
B'mingham  1-0   Bolton

Spurs

S'derland  1-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-3   Everton
Spurs      4-0   Derby
Man Utd    1-0   Spurs
Fulham     3-3   Spurs
Spurs      1-3   Arsenal

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
17 Spurs   6  1  1  4  9-11 -2   4 
20 Bolton  6  1  0  5  7-11 -4   3
Last Five corresponding games

Bolton 2 Spurs 0 (19.08.06)- Opening day blues for Spurs.
Bolton 1 Spurs 0 (07.11.05)- Spurs lose battle for third place.
Bolton 3 Spurs 1 (01.02.05)- Erratic 10-man Spurs lose to two late goals.
Bolton 2 Spurs 0 (17.04.04)- Pleat's Spurs slip into relegation dog-fight.
Bolton 1 Spurs 0 (24.03.03)- Beaten by last minute penalty.

After the relative glamour of a European night on Thursday, both clubs return to bread and butter football this Sunday for what is a bottom of the Premier League clash. Spurs have been boosted by their 6-1 win over Anorthosis Famagusta, whilst Bolton have negotiated a lengthy trip to Macedonia, where they scrambled a draw against Rabotnicki Kometal, thanks to a late goal from Abdoulaye Meite. Both clubs should be able to look forward to the UEFA Cup 2nd round mini-league stage.

Apart from this season, the last time that Bolton were propping up the Premier League table was after 12 games on the week-end of 9th and 10th November, 2002. Such was the influence over the "Trotters" of the now departed Sam Allardyce who left just before the end of last season to leave Sammy Lee taking up the reigns. Lee decided to try and impose his own traditional system of play upon the team, and so far it has not worked, apart from in one home game when Bolton convincingly sent Reading back home three goals worse off.

If Spurs were to be beaten in this game, Bolton would overtake them, and we would be in the bottom three. The situation is bound to make this a tense game.

Reading back through the reports of the last five corresponding games (see links above) is quite depressing, as Spurs have yet to win a League game at The Reebock, and they have not beaten the "Trotters" away in the League for 11 years. Bolton won all five of the above-listed games. The only relief for Spurs was an exciting 4-3 win in the League Cup in October 2004 when Jermain defoe scored the first and last goals for Spurs. It was Defoe and not Robbie Keane who started this fixture on the opening day of last season. Hopes of the same thing happening this week may be forlorn, despite last night's classy goals at White Hart Lane.

Why have Bolton failed to succeed under Sammy Lee? There have been a number of changes of personnel, with Fat Sam snatching Abdoulaye Faye for his new team, and Ben Haim's move to Chelsea being the most notable departures. So far this season Ivan Campo has not played a game. I can't find him on the injury list, or on the exit page, but he was always influential for Bolton whenever we met them. I believe that Lee has abandoned the 4-1-4-1 formation in favour of a traditional 4-4-2.

Imports include Mikel Alonso - the brother of Xabi of Liverpool - Andy O'Brien - who may return from injury for this game, and former Villa full back JLloyd Samuel, also currently on the injury list. Gavin McCann also joined from Villa, and one time Spurs interest Christian Wilhelmsson is there on loan from Nantes.

Thursday night's Bolton team was not so radically different from last season, with Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Gardner, Meite, Nolan, Speed, Diouf, Davies and Anelka all involved.

The Reebock won't be full, but the home fans are still likely to rattle up a good atmosphere, and they'll feel good about their team's chances, bearing in mind the record of recent years. Spurs fans will also be in good voice, but there are also empty places to be had, despite the fact that this game will not be televised.

Long-term absentee skipper Ledley King is joined by Anthony Gardner and now Wayne Routledge on the unavailable list. That leaves Martin Jol with loads of options, and it remains to be seen whether or not Spurs can play adventurously enough to come away with three points. I'm afraid I fear the worst, but come on you Spurs - prove me wrong!

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