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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Blackburn - 23.11.08

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Blackburn Rovers


Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         14   6   3   5   17- 19  21
Away         14   5   4   5   15- 12  19
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Total(Prem)  28  11   7  10   32- 31  40
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  24  16   4   4   63- 30  36
Away(Div 1)  24   5   5  14   23- 50  15
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Total(Div 1) 48  21   9  18   86- 80  51
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   6   5   0   1   22-  8  10
Away(Div 2)   6   2   2   2    9-  7   6
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Total(Div 2) 12   7   2   3   31- 15  16
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Total(Prem)  28  11   7  10   32- 31  40
Total(Div 1) 48  21   9  18   86- 80  51
Total(Div 2) 12   7   2   3   31- 15  16
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Grand Total  88  39  18  31  149-126  107
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Stoke       2-1   Spurs
Spurs       2-0   Bolton
Arsenal     4-4   Spurs
Spurs       2-1   Liverpool
Man City    1-2   Spurs
Fulham      2-1   Spurs

Blackburn

Bolton      0-0   Blackburn
Blackburn   1-1   M'borough
A. Villa    3-2   Blackburn
West Brom   2-2   Blackburn
Blackburn   0-2   Chelsea
Blackburn   1-2   S'derland

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
18 Blackburn 13  3  4  6  14-24 -10  13
19 Spurs     13  3  3  7  16-20  -4  12 

The focus will be on the goalkeepers in this Sunday's bottom of the table clash between Paul Ince's Blackburn and Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur.Two names and two teams with long and honourable histories in English League Football will meet and battle for three more crucial points in this season's exciting Premier League scramble for survival and another season in the money pot of World Football.

Despite the fact that number three goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has been recalled from his loan at Carlisle, Hary Redknapp is expected to keep faith in Gomes, who has suffered microscopic scrutiny for the best part of the season so far, accentuated by last week's match-losing error at Craven Cottage. Former Spur Paul Robinson, who was part of the Carling Cup winning Spurs side, is bound to get a great reception, despite his loss of form and confidence for his last two years. Robinson was recalled to the England side this week, but had to sit out the game in Berlin on the bench, while David James started and Scott Carson got the nod for the second half. Both keepers will have points to prove, and all eyes will be on the guardians.

Paul Ince's team are on a seven match roll without a win, and will be desperate to bring that run to an end, with another away trip to Portsmouth next week, and a game at home to Liverpool to follow that. Rovers' team is not so radically different from that which finished seventh last season, under the guidance of Mark Hughes. Paul Robinson has replaced Brad Friedel between the posts, but perhaps there has been no direct replacement for our own David Bentley, signed in the summer.

League goals have been hard to come by for Blackburn, with 4 players on two goals each, including strikers Benni McCarthy, Roque Santa Cruz and Jason Roberts. Ince did sign 33 year old Robbie Fowler from Cardiff, who has made 1 start and 2 substitute appearances, but he has yet to hit the net.

Ince has midfielders Brett Emerton (also a full back), Vince Grella, David Dunn, and Steven Reid on the injured list, and perhaps that is his problem area with Tugay not getting too much of a look-in this season. Morten Ganst Pedersen will provide a few problems though.

As for Spurs, only Luka Modric and Giovani Dos Santos will be the significant absentees from Sunday's game, which no doubt means we will get a 4-4-2 set up. I would hope to see Aaron Lennon start and no doubt David Bentley will be given the chance to show his former team-mates how much they should miss him. Bent and Pavlyuchenko will probably start this one.

Last season's game went the way of Rovers, and Spurs were then left in the bottom three. Robbie Keane had put us in the lead, but McCarthy equalised on the hour, and defender Samba scored probably the goal of his career in the last minute to steal the points for Rovers. Clive Allen took charge of this game, but Ramos was watching before his got off to a good start to his Spurs career.

Harry Redknapp's good start hit a glitch last week, and a win for Spurs is imperative this Sunday. I reckon we'll do it too, and I'll go for a 3-1 scoreline!

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