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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Liverpool v Spurs - 15.05.11

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Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        19   9   5   5   26 -24  32
Away        18   1   5  12   15 -38   8
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Total(Prem) 37  10  10  17   41 -62  40
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
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Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Total(Prem) 37  10  10  17   41 -62  40
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 135 38  34  63  150 -215 126
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Liverpool

West Brom  2-1   Liverpool
Liverpool  3-0   Man City
Arsenal    1-1   Liverpool
Liverpool  5-0   B'mingham
Liverpool  3-0   Newcastle
Fulham     2-5   Liverpool


Spurs
 
Spurs      3-2   Stoke
Spurs      3-3   Arsenal
Spurs      2-2   West Brom
Chelsea    2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Blackpool
Man City   1-0   Spurs

Pos          P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
5 Liverpool 36 17  7 12 59-41 18  58
6 Spurs     36 14 14  8 51-45  6  56

No hope for Spurs at Anfield

Until recently, we all thought that Tuesday night's game at Eastlands would be Spurs' showdown game of the season, for the right to play in next year's Champions League. Not many of us went to Manchester this week with any real hope of a victory that would have at least kept us mathematically in that race. That dream is over, and on Sunday, all hope of European football could be gone.

We can't even say that this game is all or nothing for Spurs, who are two points behind Liverpool, with an inferior goal difference. We need to win at Anfield, for only the second time in Premier League history, and realistically we'll then need to win at home to Birmingham in our final game of a season which now cannot end soon enough for most Spurs fans. If Liverpool win on Sunday, and they have to be very strong favourites, then they, not us, will secure fifth place and a slot in next season's Europa League. When Kenny Dalglish led Liverpool for the first time in Europe this season, he made very clear how important European football is to Liverpool and their fans. That's how it should be for Spurs, but so many Spurs fans do not seem to want to play in the Europa League, having fed at the top table for just one season.

The spirit and leadership of Dalglish has certainly fired Liverpool since he took over from Roy Hodgson on January 8th this year. Indeed in the Premier League form table since that date, Liverpool lay second, behind only Chelsea, whilst Spurs languish in 10th place. In 16 games, Dalglish's Liverpool have scored 35 goals, and conceded 14. Spurs have scored 20 and conceded the same number. Liverpool have won 10. Spurs have won just 4 of 15 games played since Dalglish's appointment.

Dalglish lost his first game at Blackpool in this spell as leader. Since then he has lost at West Ham and West Brom. Spurs are not the only team to have dropped points to the so-called lesser teams this season. However, it is a fact that under Kenny, Liverpool are flying, and look as if they will be a force again next season. he has certainly earnt his newly signed three year contract. In 8 home games under Dalglish, Liverpool have conceded only 4 goals, with 5 clean sheets. Three of those clean sheets have been in the last three home games, when Liverpool have beaten Man City (3-0), Birmingham (5-0), and Newcastle (3-0). They've had three clean sheets away too, and one of their victims were Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

There is not much hope for Spurs on Sunday surely? Especially after Liverpool's 5-2 devastation of Fulham on Monday night at Craven Cottage. Dalglish has taken Liverpool out of the bottom half, into the top five in such a short space of time. He has stopped his team being a laughing stock that they were with Roy Hodgson in charge. To be honest, I think that Liverpool on current form have to be the most feared team in the league.

Spurs have to go to Anfield without key players, such as Bale and Ekotto; without even one in-form striker; and to be honest, without too much idea of how to take any game by the throat these days. We've won there only once before in the Premier League, and that was back in August 1993 (2-1), when Teddy Sheringham scored both goals. We've only won three league games there since The Titanic sunk, having famously gone some 70 years without a win until Garth Crooks broke the duck back in the eighties.

Dear Reader, you might have guessed by now that I have no hope of Spurs getting a result on Sunday, and unusually for me, I'll even predict defeat, with Liverpool two goals better than Spurs.

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