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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Man Utd - 16.01.11

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Full League Record of Man Utd v Spurs

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          18   3   4  11   21 -32  13
Away          19   0   3  16    8 -39   3
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Total (Prem)  37   3   7  27   29 -71  16
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  51  20  19  12   89 -64  63
Away (Div 1)  51   9   9  33   55 -101 28
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Total(Div 1) 102  29  28  45  144 -165 91
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   2   1   1   10 - 3   5
Away (Div 2)   4   1   2   1    3 - 3   4
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Total(Div 2)   8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
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Total (Prem)  37   3   7  27   29 -71  16
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
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Grand Total   147 35  38  74  186 -242 116
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs
 
B'mingham  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Chelsea
A. Villa   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Newcastle
Spurs      1-0   Fulham
Everton    2-1   Spurs

Man Utd

Man Utd    7-1   Blackburn
Man Utd    1-0   Arsenal
Man Utd    2-0   S'derland
B'mingham  1-1   Man Utd
West Brom  1-2   Man Utd
Man Utd    2-1   Stoke

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1 Man Utd  20 12  8  0  43-19  24  44
4 Spurs    21 10  6  5  31-25   6  36
The last big challenge

Spurs and Manchester United play their 38th Premier League fixture this Sunday, in front of Sky's 3D cameras. If the 38 games represented a Premier League season, then Spurs would clearly have demonstrated relegation form. Their record against the "Red Devils" is clearly abysmal, and they have only ever won three of those 37 Premier League games - all at home. Spurs have managed to beat the other "Top Four" sides (old and new) in the last couple of years and this last big challenge is to beat the Premier League leaders, who are unbeaten in their 20 games this season.

It is sad that those three victories can be recalled in a flash, and that Spurs fans have never truly been able to chant "Can we play you every week!" It's almost 10 full years and 24 games since we have beaten United in any competition. That was in the last game of the 2000-01 season, when United had already been crowned Premier League Champions (for the seventh time), and Spurs were in no-man's land, not for the first time in their Premier League history. This game was Willem Korsten's swansong for Spurs and in professional football, as he had to retire due to injury at the start of the following season. Korsten scored two spectacular goals in Spurs 3-1 victory, with Les Ferdinand adding a third. Paul Scholes was the United scorer. Scholes is 36 years old now, but is one of United's "one-club men", and has made 456 Premier league appearances. Scholes had a terrific start to this season, but has been out with injury since November, although he could squeeze into the reckoning this week-end. Ryan Giggs also played in that May 2001 game, and he could make his 600th League appearance (all for United of course) in Sunday's game, although Sir Alex uses Giggs sparingly these days. Teddy Sheringham played for United in that game, as did Phil Neville who has been linked with Spurs this week.

Perhaps our most creditable win over United in Premier League days came in October 1999, when in the pouring rain, Stephen Carr scored his famous "wonder goal" to seal the 3-1 win in the 70th minute. Steffen Iversen had scored Spurs' first goal, and he is back in Britain again, playing for Crystal Palace. Iversen scored on his Palace debut on Monday 3rd January. In October '99, Ryan Giggs had given the Treble Winners the lead, before Iversen equalised and a Paul Scholes own goal put Spurs in the lead. The game had been very much in the balance until Carr's goal, and then I remember worrying so much about the rain, thinking the game might be abandoned. Some might refer to the New Years' Day 1996 4-1 victory over United as Spurs' greatest Premier League win, when Sheringham, Campbell and Chris Armstrong (2) scored the Spurs goals, with Andrew (mustn't call him Andy any more) Cole getting United's only goal. United did field a strong side, although it included a loanee French central defender - William Prunier - who only played in one other league game for the Reds. On a day when three red blooded Derby matches (Birmingham v Aston Villa, Sunderland v Newcastle and Liverpool v Everton) are also being played, Sky have chosen this game as their main feature. Why? Because it is a fixture that guarantees open flowing football, and because, although it is a big challenge, Spurs CAN bring an end to United's unbeaten run.

Both teams are going to be strong. United may miss Rooney who is only just coming back to fitness from his ankle injury, but most of their biggest names will be available, including of course former Spur Dimitar Berbatov, assured of a hostile welcome from the home fans. Whilst Spurs have their long standing absentees, such as Ledley King and Tom Huddlestone, Younes Kaboul has now served his suspension and will be ready to compete with Gallas, and Bassong for the job of partnering skipper Michael Dawson. There might even be a place for Kaboul beside Modric in the midfield. Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart will be ready after their break last week, so we are promised a real humdinger of a game.

The result of this last big challenge for Spurs will decide whether we can be contenders in this year's open title race. Victory for United would surely put an end to any Spurs hopes of a title, and would also dent our challenge for a top four place. Can we win this game? Yes we can! Will we? Hmmmmmmm. Let's hope so!

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