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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Wolves - 12.12.09

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Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          1   1   0   0    5 -  2   3
Away          1   1   0   0    2 -  0   3
Total(Prem)   2   2   0   0    7 -  2   6
Div 1
Home         31  21   6   4   76 - 40  50
Away         31   9   7  15   46 - 60  27
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Div 2
Home          6   5   1   0   18 -  9  11
Away          6   1   0   5    6 - 16   2
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
Total(Prem)   2   2   0   0    7 -  2   6
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
GRAND TOTAL  76  38  14  24  153 -127  96

Last Six Premiership results:-

P'tsmouth  1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Stoke
Arsenal    3-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   S'derland
Spurs      9-1   Wigan
A. Villa   1-1   Spurs
Everton    2-2   Spurs


Wolves     1-1   A. Villa
Stoke      2-2   Wolves
Wolves     1-4   Arsenal
Chelsea    4-0   Wolves
Wolves     0-1   B'mingham
Wolves     2-1   Bolton

Pos        P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
 4 Spurs  15  8  3  4  35-21  14  27
18 Wolves 15  3  4  8  14-28 -14  13
Another goal-fest in sight?

It's five and a half years since we last played Wolves who had just one previous season in the Premier League in 2003-04. They finished bottom of the table with 33 points, considerably more than their manager collected as manager of Sunderland, when they were relegated in 2006. McCarthy was appointed as the Wolves manager in July 2006, and whilst always in the mix for the Championship promotion race had to wait till topping that league last season before success.

Perhaps predictably, Wolves find themselves embroiled in another race for survival at the top level they used to grace way back in the fities and sixties. They were still winning trophies in 1974 and 1980 (League Cup), and can count themselves alongside Burnley as a former successful club finally gracing the top flight again. I use the term perhaps predictably, because in the last season or two there have been surprisingly successful teams that have won promotion and maintained Premier League status, giving the league a changing shape. I refer to the success of Wigan, and latterly Stoke, who have been more than "one-season wonders".

It's still early stages in this season's campaign, but Wolves have won just three games, at Wigan, and at home to Fulham and Bolton. It is the games against fellow strugglers that will count most for McCarthy, whose team has conceded four goals to both Arsenal and Chelsea in recent matches. They also conceded five at Sunderland, and after the trip to The Lane, they face the daunting prospect of Old Trafford, with Anfield on Boxing Day. Once again Wolves will have a long struggle ahead.

Robbie Keane scored in both our games in 2003-04, but will still be received fondly (if selected) by the Wolves fans. Keane's long career started at Wolves in 1997-98, and in 73 league games he scored 24 goals, coming to the attention of many top flight teams. It was Gordon Strachan at Coventry who first took the plunge to pay a big fee for Keane, whose arrival at Tottenham came after a short stay in Italy, before a couple of seasons at Leeds. Robbie got a hat-trick in our home game in December 2003, when we won 5-2 against a Wolves team captained by Paul Ince, who scored one of Wolves' goals.

Keane had opened the scoring in the 29th minute, receiving a chipped ball by Darren Anderton before firing low past Oakes in goal. Unfortunately, Spurs lost their concentration and conceded an immediate equaliser, before going on to overwhelm the opposition in the second half. Kanoute and Dalmat were also on the score-sheet for Spurs, for whom the team-sheet read:- Keller; Carr (Capt.), Richards, Gardner, Taricco; Anderton, King, Poyet (sub Dalmat, 75), Ricketts (sub Konchesky, 66); Kanoute, Keane. It's amazing how much a team changes in five years these days, isn't it?

Ledley King, who played in midfield that day, suffered a set-back in training this week, and it doesn't look as if we will see much of him in the Spurs team this side of Christmas. On a brighter note though, Luka Modric has come through some stiffer training sessions, and had some match practice, so perhaps we will see him on the bench this week.

Dean Richards, who Spurs signed from Southampton, had also played at Wolves, and acccording to Wikipedia is now a Youth team coach at Bradford, where his career started. Richards suffered an unfortunate head injury problem that brought his career to an early close.

Rohan Ricketts, who was also in our 2003 team against Wolves, subsequently played for the Black Country boys, but his career did not progress in the way it was hoped, and for two years he has been playing his football in Canada for Toronto FC.

Since that magnificent 9-1 win over Wigan, Spurs have gained two away points against opposition we would previously have been only too happy to level with. The fact that we feel disappointed only to have drawn those two games, does show the prgress we have made under Harry Redknapp, who this time last year was hailed at the club's AGM as the potential saviour, and in just one year has taken us to the threshold of our Premier League dreams - i.e Champions League football.

The 2-2 at Everton was particularly disappointing because a two-goal lead was thrown away. The home crowd might be baying for another big win, but I'd take any win, although I do think we will score three or four goals. It's a big ask for Wolves,who do include former Reading stars Hahnemann and Doyle in their squad along with Chelsea loanee Michael Mancienne, who is an England under-21 International. I'll go for a 4-1 to Spurs.

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