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Full Record of Spurs -v- Southampton

Prem         Pl    W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home         13    9   2   2   33 - 13  29
Away         14    3   3   8   10 - 16  12
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Total(Prem)  27   12   5  10   43 - 29  41
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  22   13   4   5   52 - 28  38
Away(Div 1)  22    6   8   8   25 - 35  24
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Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)  14    9   3   2   41 - 12  21
Away(Div 2)  14    2   5   7   12 - 17   9
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Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
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Total(Prem)  27   12   5  10   43 - 29  41
Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
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Grand Total  99   42  25  32  173 -121 133
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs

Liverpool  3-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Fulham
Swansea    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   Everton
Spurs      3-1   Man City
Wigan      2-2   Spurs

Southampton

S'hampton  3-1   Liverpool
S'hampton  2-1   Chelsea
Reading    0-2   S'hampton
S'hampton  1-1   West Ham
Swansea    0-0   S'hampton
S'hampton  0-3   West Brom

Pos            P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     34  18  8  8  60-43  17   62
13. S'hampton 35   9 12 14  47-57 -10   39

May each day be a good day!

... and so we come to the merry month of May, in which we play four crucial games, which could secure for us a second season of Champions League football. May each of those match days be a good day!

First up are Southampton, who are mathematically still in need of a point or two, but who probably secured another season of Premier League football with three recent consecutive wins over Liverpool, Chelsea and Reading, now managed by their former manager Nigel Adkins. The replacement of Adkins with Mauricio Pochettino in January has been more than justified by that (virtually) assured survival in their first season back in the top flight.

This will be the 100th league meeting between the two clubs and the first in May since May 10th, 1998. This was the last game of the 97-98 season. Spurs had secured their Premier League status the previous week with that dramatic 6-2 win at Selhurst Park over Wimbledon. The "Saints" were above us in mid-table, so neither team was involved in the last day drama when Arsenal (sorry) secured the title, and Bolton (on goal difference) were relegated along with Barnsley and Crystal Palace.

On that day, Gary Mabbutt made a late substitute appearance. It was an emotional occasion, because it was his very last appearance for Tottenham, and indeed, his last playing appearance. Mabbutt received a rapturous reception, and had before the game been presented with a silver salver by Chairman Alan Sugar, along with David Howells, who was also leaving Tottenham.

Mabbsy had only managed 12 appearances for Spurs in his last season, and this was his first appearance since December. Howells did not play that day, and atually moved to Southampton the following season, but he only made 10 starts for them, and 8 while on loan to Bristol City.

10th May 1998 was also Jurgen Klinsmann's very last competitive playing appearance for Tottenham, and he too was given a fine ovation by way of farewell. I say competitive appearance, because of course, he did re-appear, along with several other Spurs legends in the Tottenham Tribute Trust match in October 2002 against DC United.

Spurs and Southampton drew that May match, with Matthew Le Tissier scoring low past Ian Walker from a free kick. Klinsmann scored a fantastic equaliser after a head-down by Ferdinand, hitting a powerful right foot shot over goalkeeper Paul Jones.

Mousa Dembele faces a late fitness test today (Friday), but Emmanuel Adebayor is available for selection, after recovering from a knee strain. It seems that Aaron Lennon is now fully fit, after having to start on the bench last week at Wigan.

"Saints" have no new injury problems, and the danger man of course will be Rickie Lambert who has had an impressive season, scoring 14 goals, all of which have been in the Premier League. He hasn't scored since Southampton's win over Chelsea though, and Southampton haven't scored in their last two games. Another attacking player Jay Rodriguez (born in Burnley) has been on the mark three times (once in each of Southampton's last three wins) recently, and will also be one to watch.

There will be a strong contingent of away supporters, and Southampton will be keen to regain some pride after a somewhat surprising 3-0 home defeat last week against West Brom. Their other remaining fixtures, in which to gain that extra point or two, are at Sunderland next week, and at home to Stoke on the last day. The "Saints" have given a good account of themselves this season, often against the very best of opponents, so they are to be respected by Spurs, and will possibly feel able to play the more relaxed football.

I'm taking Spurs to assert themselves, as they need to tomorrow, and to win 3-1. Hopefully that will be a better result than both Arsenal (at QPR) and Chelsea (at Old Trafford) this week-end, and we'll be teed up for a real humdinger next Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge!

Tomorrow's referee was scheduled to be Phil Dowd, who we've had for three home games, each of which we won 2-1 (QPR, Liverpool, Newcastle). I'd be happy for that trend to continue! However, at late notice our referee will be Mark Clattenburg, but he also has officiated three Spurs wins this season, including the 3rd March win over Arsenal, so that's alright too!

May the fourth (force) be with us!

10 years ago this week-end, Spurs lost 5-1 at Middlesbrough. It was NOT a good day!

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