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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Arsenal - 08.02.09

Last Year's Game - Spurs 1 Arsenal 3
This season's away game - 4-4!
Spurs record in recent London Derby matches
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What happened in the Premiership in Match 25 2007-08

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal

Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          16  4   8   4  21 -23  20
Away          17  1   7   9  15 -28  10
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Total(Prem)   33  5  15  13  36 -51  30
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   55 24  12  19  93 -83  63
Away(Div 1)   55 16  12  27  65 -85  46
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Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Total(Prem)   33  5  15  13  36 -51  30
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Grand Total  143 45  39  59 194 -219 139
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Spurs      0-0   Fulham
West Brom  2-0   Spurs
Wigan      1-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   P'tsmouth
Spurs      3-1   Stoke
Bolton     3-2   Spurs

Arsenal

A. Villa   2-2   Arsenal
Arsenal    1-0   P'tsmouth
Arsenal    1-0   Bolton
Hull       1-3   Arsenal
Everton    1-1   Arsenal
Arsenal    0-0   West Ham

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
 5 Arsenal 24 12  7  5  38-25 13  43 
14 Spurs   24  6  6 12  26-31 -5  24
Who will ever forget the 4-4 match at The Emirates at the end of October?

Officially, it was Harry Redknapp's first game in charge, and despite getting our first league win of the season against Bolton on the previous Sunday, Spurs were not expected to get much out of this derby game.

However, former gooner David Bentley (suspended for tomorrow's game) gave Spurs an oh so memorable lead with a memorable goal, and his best piece of work since he arrived at Tottenham. Bentley ran and danced and jigged all the way back to the Spurs fans to celebrate what may still turn out to be the goal of the season.

Unfortunately, Spurs went 3-1 down, before substitute Darren Bent pounced upon Almunia's parry of a rasping Huddlestone shot. Almost immediately though, Spurs were 4-2 down, and as the minutes ticked away many Spurs fans started to slip away. Jenas and Lennon made it a heroic 4-4 though in the dying minutes of the game, and the Spurs' confidence was boosted to such a degree that they won their next four games, including two defeats of Liverpool in the league and league cup.

All eyes tomorrow will be on Robbie Keane, who has made a historic return to the club that sold him only 6 months ago. Keane will even be the Spurs captain in the absence of Ledley King, so those Spurs fans with negative feelings towards Robbie will need to get those out of the way and get behind the player and the team. Robbie scored 80 league goals for us in 197 appearances and over 100 goals in all. One of those goals came in last January's Carling Cup semi-final 5-1 thrashing of the team we have since called Arsenal. Robbie's goal put us 3-0 up, and was a flashing shot when he latched onto a Lennon pass. Hopefully Lennon and Modric (amongst others) can be in a good supply line to Keane who will be desperate to start his second Spurs career with what would be such an important goal.

I for one wish Robbie all the luck in the world tomorrow and beyond, despite the misgivings about the manner of his departure last summer.

I wonder if there have been chaperones for two famous Russians this week, after the gooners' signing of Andrei Arshavin. Arshavin's deal was approved by all 20 Premier League clubs, so there can be no moans about the fact the deal did not finally go through until 24 hours after the deadline - extended anyway for all clubs as long as agreement had been reached at the 5 o'clock deadline. Pavlyuchenko and Arshavin will already have been in touch, and one wonders how many "trade secrets" have and will be shared in future. It seems that Arshavin will sit this game out as he is still looking for match fitness after the Russian close-season.

Arsenal have suffered a loss of form recently, but they are still unbeaten in the league for 10 games. That is a run which started with a victory at Chelsea, but it includes five draws which are almost as bad as defeat when you are facing a battle to retain a Champions League place. At the moment Villa are in the ascendancy, and missing players such as Walcott, Silvestre, Fabregas, Rosicky and Eduardo have not helped the chances of our local rivals.

Spurs' long term absentees now include Jermain Defoe, to add to the names of Hutton, and King. Jamie O'Hara is still struggling to regain fitness too.

It looks like Gomes is fit, so Harry Redknapp has a selection dilemma for the goalkeeping slot, whereas most of the team will select itself, with Lennon, Zokora, Modric and Palacios alll likely to feature in midfield, and Pavlyuchenko partnering Keane.

Dare I predict a win? We haven't beaten them in the league since November 1999 so it is certainly about time. The need is great on both sides, so Sky should get a great game. There will surely be goals, but I would not be surprised if it is another draw.

Spurs record in recent London Derby matches

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