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Full Record of Spurs -v- Arsenal
 
Prem          Pl  W   D   L  For-Ag  Pts
Home          19  5  10   4  26 -27  25
Away          19  2   7  10  18 -33  13
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Total(Prem)   38  7  17  14  44 -60  38
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   55 24  12  19  93 -83  63
Away(Div 1)   55 16  12  27  65 -85  46
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Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Total(Prem)   38  7  17  14  44 -60  38
Total(Div 1) 110 40  24  46 158 -168 109
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Grand Total  148 47  41  60 202 -228 147
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

Spurs      2-1   B'mingham
Man Utd    3-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-5   Man City
Wolves     0-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Liverpool
Wigan      1-2   Spurs

Arsenal

Newcastle  0-0   Arsenal
Arsenal    0-2   Liverpool
Man Utd    8-2   Arsenal
Arsenal    1-0   Swansea
Blackburn  4-3   Arsenal
Arsenal    3-0   Bolton

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
 6 Spurs    5  3  0  2  9-9   0   9
13 Arsenal  6  2  1  3  9-14 -5   7
Hotter than hot!

It could be a hotter than hot atmosphere at White Hart Lane tomorrow afternoon!

Firstly, England (not necessarily the whole of the UK) is experiencing record temperatures for this time of year, with temperatures over 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) having been recorded over the last few days, and still likely to be around tomorrow.

Secondly, there have been rumours that a certain former centre half of both clubs might be present in the Sky Box, acting as a pundit for this game. He was in their studios last week for "Goals on Sunday", which made that a must miss programme for me for a change, and the rumours have persisted that we might be "graced" with his presence tomorrow. Sky would be well advised to keep this man away from White Hart Lane as the vilification of him will never cease by Spurs fans who hate him so much because they used to love him so much. His departure happened ten years ago now, but he knew then and should know now that a good portion of North London and beyond will never forgive him for not just leaving us for then, but the manner of his leaving. Enough of him!

Thirdly, and most importantly, Spurs fans will justifiably fancy their chances against an Arsenal team that has been in very poor league form this season, until they managed to beat the ten men of Bolton 3-0 at The Emirates last Saturday. On the same day as we were losing 5-1 at home to Manchester City, Arsenal were decimated at Old Trafford by a scoreline so rarely suffered by any team, let alone our local rivals. Unfortunately, our gloating rights were somewhat dissipated by our own result. It helped to ease our wounds though!

Arsenal made their worst start to a season since 1958, and come to White Hart Lane in the bottom half of the table. It is rare for us to be in the top half, and them so far below us for any Derby match. Long may it reign!

In April this year, we had hopes of a rare league double against the enemy. Having beaten them at their place ( Arsenal 2 Spurs 3 - 20.11.10) in anger for the first time in years we faced them at The Lane with high hopes. Unfortunately the win was not to be, although, as is so often the case, we did witness an exciting game (Spurs 3 Arsenal 3 - 20th April 2011)

Then we faced an Arsenal team that included Clichy, Fabregas and Nasri, since snapped up by Manchester City (Clichy and Nasri) and Barcelona. Mr Wenger took out his late transfer window shopping trolley and signed up Yossi Benayoun (on loan) from Chelsea, Mikel Arteta from Everton, and Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen. Mertesacker missed Bremen's home Champions League game last season, but did play when we beat them 3-0 at home last November. Rumour has it that because of an ongoing injury crisis for Arsenal (Djourou, Koscielny, Squillaci and Vermaelen could all be absent), Mertesacker could be partnered by Song at the back.

Because of his injury problems, Wenger was unable to rest many of his team for their mid-week Champions League win against Olympiakos, whereas manager of the month Harry Redknapp was able to make 10 changes for the Europa League game, and can bring back his first team selection for this game. Hopefully, Ledley King will make it for a fourth consecutive league game. Spurs could line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with a line-up of Friedel; Walker, King, Kaboul, Ekotto; Sandro, Parker; Van der Vaart, Modric, Bale; Adebayor. Jermain Defoe would feel aggrieved to miss thre start but is sure to be involved at some point.

Despite their poor start, and injuries, Arsenal are of course not to be under-estimated. Despite the multi-national players these days, they are all quickly educated regarding the importance of these games, and we can as always expect a fast-moving game, which will surely involve goals. I felt optimistic about our chances in April, and do so again, but this time with even more justification. I really think that if Spurs start quickly and put our opponents under the cosh, we can win by two clear goals. I'll go for a 3-1!

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