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Spurs 2 Liverpool 1 (28th November, 2010)
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Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        19   9   5   5   26 -24  32
Away        19   2   5  12   17 -38  11
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Total(Prem) 38  11  10  17   43 -62  43
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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) 38  11  10  17   43 -62  43
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 136 39  34  63  152 -215 129
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs

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

Liverpool

Liverpool  0-2   Spurs
A. Villa   1-0   Liverpool
Liverpool  1-1   S'derland
Arsenal    0-2   Liverpool
Liverpool  3-1   Bolton
Stoke      1-0   Liverpool

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
 6 Liverpool  4  2  1  1  6-3   3   7
17 Spurs      3  1  0  2  3-8  -5   3
An early six-pointer?

Following today's league programme and wins for all three bottom clubs, Spurs slipped down to 17th place, and a morale-boosting win is highly desirable. A win would send us up to 11th, above sad Arsenal, still with a game in hand, and on our way to the right end of the league. This game is surely an early "six-pointer".

Spurs completed the League "Double" over Liverpool last season for the first time since the 1986-7 season, when they won both games 1-0. Clive Allen scored at Anfield, and Chris Waddle scored in our home win. On that day, the Liverpool team include future pundits such as Mark Lawrenson and Alan Hansen. Paul Walsh, Barry Venison and Jan Molby have also been known to do occasional TV work. The Spurs side included Glenn Hoddle, also a regular in the TV studios.

We have only ever won six league games at Anfield, and apart from the 1993 Premier League win, each incident has formed part of a "Double". Remember though, we waited from 1912 (the year the Titanic sunk) until 1985 for an away win. Well not us personally, you understand!

Beating Liverpool has always been hard then, but in recent years we have won our last four home games, one of which was in the Carling Cup in November 2008. That win came 11 days after Harry Redknapp's famous bit of coaching to substitute Pavlyuchenko to "f***ing run about a bit", when "Super Pav" scored a late, late winner to set us on our climb up the league table after Juande Ramos's departure. (Spurs 2 Liverpool 1 - 11th October, 2008)

Jamie Carragher (one of the top scorers in this fixture in the last 12 years!) scored an own goal three years ago, and in last year's 2-1 win, Martin Skrtel scored an own goal equaliser for Spurs, having scored in the first half for his own team after a free kick into the Spurs area. Aaron Lennon scored a late, late winner to give Spurs all three points. (Spurs 2 Liverpool 1 - 28th November, 2010)

Liverpool's decline in recent seasons is partly demonstrated by the fact that Spurs have now finished above them in the league for two successive seasons, an event which had not occurred for nearly 60 years in years when the clubs were in the same Division. Spurs are in Europe this season. Liverpool are not.

Kenny Dalglish was appointed to arrest the club's decline, and he has done that, lifting them from the bottom half to sixth place, although they didn't quite make it to Europe. Our win at Anfield in May almost secured that league qualification.

New ownership and generous player acquisition funds (which started with the 35 million purchase of Andy Carroll, together with Luis Suarez) allowed Dalglish to splash the cash in thee summer for Sunderland's Jordan Henderson, Villa's Stewart Downing, Blackpool's Charlie Adam, and Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique. They've also signed 20 year old Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates (not pronounced Coats!), and Craig Bellamy has returned.

If one accepts that the two Manchester teams and Chelsea will be battling it out for the Premier League title, and that Arsenal really are in decline, Liverpool could be our main contenders for a return to the top four, which adds spice to this game. Kenny's team is looking more potent of course, but it is still not the finished article. Last week's defeat at The Britannia Stadium and the failure to put Sunderland away on Day One of this season gives rise to plenty of hope for Spurs.

We'll find out tomorrow, if Harry Redknapp's plan works out. He played a weak side against PAOK, which achieved a great result. Tomorrow, Liverpool will be missing Glenn Johnson and Steven Gerrard is also unlikely to make his return. Spurs will definitely be without Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Sandro, Danny Rose, Steven Pienaar and Tom Huddlestone. Rafa van der Vaart might make a return, and we will be hoping that Ledley King passes a fitness test. Aaron Lennon is also doubtful.

We could be looking at a starting line-up of Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King (or Corluka), Ekotto; Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale; Defoe, Adebayor. Liverpool have plenty of resources and will be keen to make up for their defeat at Stoke. The game should entertain, but I'm not over-confident that Spurs fans will go away smiling. I've predicted a 2-1 win though!

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