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Full Record of Spurs -v- Wigan

 
Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home           5  3  2  0   18 - 4  11
Away           5  2  2  1    9 - 6   8
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Total(Prem)   10  5  4  1   27 -10  19
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Grand Total   10  5  4  1   27 -10  19
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs
 
Man Utd    3-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Bolton
Man City   0-1   Spurs
Burnley    4-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Man City
Stoke      1-2   Spurs

Wigan

Wigan      3-2   Arsenal  
West Ham   3-2   Wigan
Wigan      2-2   Hull
Chelsea    8-0   Wigan
Wigan      0-4   Blackpool
Wigan      0-6   Chelsea

Pos       P  W  D  L  F- A  GD  Pts
 8 Spurs  2  1  1  0  2- 1   1   4
20 Wigan  2  0  0  2  0-10 -10   0
Don't forget the day job!

When you are a top four side and play in the Champions League mid-week, it can seem such a long time since your last bread and butter Premier League game! It does seem a long time since Spurs conquered Stoke at The Britannia Stadium last Saturday, and it has been quite a busy time even since we won our way through to the Champions League proper with our 4-0 win over BSC young Boys on Wednesday night.

We've now had the draw for the group stages, and many fans (me included) have been busy beavering away at their computers sorting out travel plans for our three prestigious away games in Europe before Christmas. There are also matching "Glory Nights" at White Hart Lane to savour!

Did you know? If we draw Wigan, Wolves, West Ham or West Brom in the Carling Cup, our next 6 games will be against a team beginning with W?

Wigan, West Brom, Werder Bremen, Wolves, Carling Cup game, West Ham! Not a lot of people know that:)

Wigan's recent league form has been a much publicised disaster. Not only did they lose 4-0 at home to new arrivals Blackpool, but they then shipped 6 goals against a rampant Chelsea, who were also massive victors over Wigan in the last game of last season, when Wigan let in 8 goals. So that's 18 goals in the last three games, with not one goal to their own name. There won't be many people making the trip from Wigan for Saturday's game, that's for sure.

Wigan have only won 4 league games so far in this calendar year, but their last victims were Arsenal. Spurs would do well to remember that Wigan did cause an upset early last season with victory over Chelsea at the DW stadium. Manager Roberto Martinez already has his work cut out to try and ensure Premier League survival. Former manager Steve Bruce has taken Titus Bramble away, and former skipper Mario Melchiot has gone to Umm-Salal in Qatar, probably attracted bya late career pay day and the Dutch manager at his new club. Martinez has bought defender Steven Caldwell from Burnley to try and shore up that badly leaking defence. Wigan's attack looks a little short of personnel too.

One of the better players at the club is Wilson Palacios's compatriot Maynor Figueroa, who scored a last minute winner for Wigan two seasons ago, when Harry Redknapp tried Ledley King in the Spurs midfield. Figueroa's only goal of last season was a rather sensational effort from somewhere near the half way line at Stoke.

Those entering this week's competition will be interested to know that Wigan were one of the five teams over whom we achieved the league "double" last season, and of course the 9-1 win at home remains high on the list of Spurs highlights from last season. Jermain Defoe became just the fourth Spur to score 5 goals in a competitive game, and only the second to do so in the top level of our game.

Roman Pavlyuchenko was the late hero in last season's away win, and it is somewhat ironic to report that the travelling fans wanted him to replace Crouch, and not Defoe. Peter Crouch is of course this week's hero for Spurs.

Whether or not Harry Redknapp wants to make many changes to Wednesday's team remains to be seen. We know that Gomes is out for the next few weeks, and that Ledley King won't be able to take part. There must be several pairs of tired legs after the sustained effort made to put Young Boys to the sword.

The nature of being a top four Champions League side of course is that you have to have a strong enough squad to compete on all levels, and I'll take whoever plays for us to beat Wigan comfortably, although I suspect it will not be as embarrassing as their recent defeats. I'll go for a 3-0.

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