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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Portsmouth v Spurs - 28.09.08

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Portsmouth

Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          5   5   0   0   14 - 6  15
Away          5   2   1   2    4 - 4   7
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Total (Prem) 10   7   1   2   18 -10  22
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1) 13   4   6   3   27 -22  14
Away (Div 1) 13   3   5   5   14 -22  11
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Total(Div 1) 26   7  11   8   41 -44  25
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Total (Prem) 10   7   1   2   18 -10  22
Total(Div 1) 26   7  11   8   41 -44  25
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Grand Total  36  14  12  10   58 -54  47
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Portsmouth

P'tsmouth  0-1   Fulham
Chelsea    4-0   P'tsmouth
P'tsmouth  0-1   Man Utd
Everton    0-3   P'tsmouth
P'tsmouth  2-1   M'brough
Man City   6-0   P'tsmouth

Spurs

Spurs      0-2   Liverpool
M'brough   2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   S'derland
Chelsea    1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   A. Villa
Spurs      0-0   Wigan

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
13 P'tsmouth  5  2  0  3  5-11 -6   6
20 Spurs      5  0  2  3  4- 7 -3   2  
Portsmouth are one of the few teams that Spurs have beaten in a League game since the Carling Cup Final in February. We last played them at White Hart Lane in March when we won thanks to late goals by Darren Bent, and Jamie O'Hara. In fact, Darren Bent was hero for the day, as he scored the 100th goal seen at White Hart Lane last season, and then teed up O'Hara for his first league goal. Pompey came without Jermain Defoe, who has yet to play against us since his January transfer, and will be received fondly by the travelling fans. If he plays, I'd bet on him scoring too!

After Pompey's two big defeats of the last week (6-0 at Man City, and 4-0 at home to Chelsea in the Carling Cup), many Spurs fans fancy us to add to their disastrous goal difference, but this Sunday's game will be as tough as they come. For a start, the Pompey League Cup team featured a weakened side, and although they still have Sean Davis, Sahar, Jerome Thomas and Kranjcar on the injured list, I think we can expect to see a certain centre-half and Jermain Defoe. One will look forward to the reception of Spurs fans, whilst the other will no doubt run to the press about his treatment after the game. Seven years on, and we will never forgive his betrayal.

Spurs got a rare league "double" over Portsmouth last season, and the away win in December was our first of the season. Jamie O'Hara made a significant contribution in this game too, as he played down the left as substitute, and laid on the final pass for the winner by "The Incredible Sulk".

Spurs are now without a win in 6 Premier League games, and of course desperately need three points to get off the bottom of the table. After losing their first game of the season 4-0 at Chelsea (they have now lost twice by the same score already this term), Pompey then put up a better show and lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United, before beating Everton and Middlesbrough. Then came last week's disaster at Middle Eastlands, and some comedy defending followed on Wednesday night.

The latest team news is not so good for Spurs, with Alan Hutton still absent (possibly for at least another month), and now Gareth bale is doubtful with a foot injury. Michael Dawson is back in training, so may play, but maybe Corluka can slip inside (Ledley will now surely be saved for next Thursday) and Chris Gunter can get a game at right back. It looks like Luka Modric will be back, and perhaps both pace-men (Lennon and Giovani) can be found a place in a five-man midfield to supply Darren Bent or Roman Pavlyuchenko.

I think we have to be prepared for any result here, but once again, I'm going to let my heart rule and go for a 2-1 win.

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