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Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         15   7   3   5   18- 19  24
Away         14   5   4   5   15- 12  19
Total(Prem)  29  12   7  10   33- 31  43
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Home(Div 1)  24  16   4   4   63- 30  36
Away(Div 1)  24   5   5  14   23- 50  15
Total(Div 1) 48  21   9  18   86- 80  51
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   6   5   0   1   22-  8  10
Away(Div 2)   6   2   2   2    9-  7   6
Total(Div 2) 12   7   2   3   31- 15  16
Total(Prem)  29  12   7  10   33- 31  43
Total(Div 1) 48  21   9  18   86- 80  51
Total(Div 2) 12   7   2   3   31- 15  16
Grand Total  89  40  18  31  150-126  110

Last Six Premiership results:-


Man Utd    2-1   Blackburn
Hull       1-2   Blackburn
Blackburn  0-0   Everton
Fulham     1-2   Blackburn
Arsenal    4-0   Blackburn
Blackburn  1-1   West Ham


Spurs      0-0   Arsenal
Hull       1-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   M'brough
S'derland  1-1   Spurs
A. Villa   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Chelsea

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
11 Spurs     30 10  8 12  36-34   2  38
17 Blackburn 30  7 10 13  33-49 -16  31
Records in sight for Robbie Keane

It is almost a year to the day since Spurs last played at Ewood Park. Then, under the leadership of Mark Hughes, Rovers were chasing a possible place in the UEFA Cup, whilst Spurs were looking for lost form after a shocking home defeat by Newcastle. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after Pedersen's 30th minute goal equalised that scored by Berbatov in the 7th minute. Blackburn held their seventh place till the end of the season, but failed to qualify for Europe.

How Sam Allardyce would cherish such a position now! A few weeks ago, when this game was selected for Sky TV coverage, it was expected to be a relegation six-pointer, but Spurs' astounding recent form has virtually carried them out of that scene, whilst Rovers remain just two points clear of the bottom three.

When the two clubs met at The Lane in November, both were in the relegation zone, with Spurs one point behind Paul Ince's charges. Harry Redknapp was working the oracle for Spurs though, and a Pavlyuchenko goal was enough to lift us out of the bottom three. Although I hoped we would be saying goodbye to that zone, we did slip back in January after a poor defeat at Wigan. Blackburn's defeat at White Hart Lane was one of 8 out of 11 games without a win that led to Ince's departure and Allardyce's arrival.

At the time of Sam Allardyce's appointment, Blackburn were favourites for relegation, but hope has been restored especially after recent wins at Hull and Fulham. A 3-0 win at home to Newcastle would have given Sam plenty of pleasure in January.

Robbie Keane scored his first goal for Spurs at Ewood Park in October 2002. Robbie also scored the last time we won at Blackburn in December 2004 Robbie's two goals since his return to the club have taken his total for Spurs in all competitions to 109, and he needs one more goal to draw level with Glenn Hoddle in the all-time Spurs goalscorers' list. Robbie has the top ten within his sights now, as tenth placed Jimmy Dimmock is only three goals away. Robbie still needs 18 more goals to become the ninth Spurs man to score 100 league goals for the club. He also needs 16 Premier League goals to beat Teddy Sheringham's record of 97 in our colours. All these records are within Keane's reach, assuming he does not succumb to another boyhood dream in the summer! Robbie has been in great form recently, and scored a late equaliser for his country on Wednesday night against Italy.

The International break has led to a hiatus in the League season, and now as players return from all parts of the globe, some fit and others not so fit, the teams have to get their act together in short time. This game is an early kick-off on Saturday, which gives us even less preparation time.

Didier Zokora has had to deal with the disaster which led to tragic loss of life before his country's game against Malawi last week, whilst Wilson Palacios played in Honduras' 3-1 win over Mexico on Wednesday night, and will have had a long flight back to London. One or other of these players will surely be required to play next to Jermaine Jenas. Aaron Lennon was used quite sparingly by Fabio Capello, so should be raring to go, whilst Ledley King will have been able to enjoy his usual pre-match preparation - some of which takes place in Daniel Levy's swimming pool apparently!

Darren Bent returned with a knee injury after his England call-up, but Roman Pavlyuchenko took part in both Russia's games so should be available. Luka Modric took no part in Croatia's win against Andorra and may be a worry. The presence of Modric, Lennon and Keane have been key to our recent successes.

Rovers have doubts over Benni McCarthy (hamstring), Roque Santa Cruz (knee) and Vince Grella (groin) while Brett Emerton (cruciate knee) and Steven Reid (knee) have been ruled out for the season.

Spurs fans will once again be re-united with their former keeper, Paul Robinson, but despite the love-in, will be eager to see Redknapp's boys continue their recent league form with a decent win. The achievement of that result will be depemdent on the team being fired up to the same degree as they were for the wins at Villa Park, and at home to Chelsea. I suspect an element of fatigue might creep into the Spurs camp, and that there will be some battling performances from Rovers. I'll predict a 1-1 draw.

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