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Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        21  11   5   5   32 -25  38
Away        21   2   6  13   19 -41  12
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Total(Prem) 42  13  11  18   51 -66  50
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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) 42  13  11  18   51 -66  50
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 140 41  35  64  160 -219 136
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs - DLLDWW

Everton    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Newcastle
Man City   6-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   Man Utd
Fulham     1-2   Spurs
S'derland  1-2   Spurs

Liverpool - LWDLWW

Arsenal    2-0   Liverpool
Liverpool  4-0   Fulham
Everton    3-3   Liverpool
Hull       3-1   Liverpool
Liverpool  5-1   Norwich
Liverpool  4-1   West Ham

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Liverpool 15  9  3  3  34-18  16   30
6. Spurs     15  8  3  4  15-16  -1   27

It's all about Suarez, isn't it?

Luis Suarez is making the headlines for all the right reasons these days. After missing the first 5 Premier League matches of the season to complete his 10 match ban imposed for biting towards the end of last season, Suarez tops the Premier League score chart with 15 goals from just 10 games. Any club, and especially Spurs at the moment, would give a lot for such a rate of scoring.

It's not just his rate of scoring either. He has scored 6 goals in the last two home wins by Liverpool (5-1 v Norwich and 4-1 v West Ham), and every one of his goals against Norwich had a special quality about them.

Suarez was not exactly his own fans' favourite in the summer when a possible transfer to Arsenal was mooted. The former "despicable one" and the "despicable ones" would have been well suited, but we Spurs fans don't need any more reasons to hate Arsenal, following their imposed restriction on our away allocation for the forthcoming FA Cup tie (Chelsea had the full 9,000 for their League Cup encounter), together with top whack ticket prices of 62.

Back to Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers is said to even be considering making Suarez captain for tomorrow's game if vice-captain Daniel Agger doesn't manage a return from injury. Liverpool will definitely be without Steven Gerrard, with a hamstring injury. Gerrard joins Sturridge and Enrique on the missing list, as well as Coates, who has been out since sustaining a cruciate knee injury on pre-season International duty, and who will be out for another 6 months yet.

For the first time in four meetings, Liverpool will be above Spurs going into their league encounter. That was an early season game in September, 2011, which we won by a magnificent 4-0 (Spurs 4 Liverpool 0 - 18.09.11) with goals by Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor (2). Liverpool had Charlie Adam, and Skrtel sent off, both for two yellow cards issued by referee Mike Jones.

It wasn't long before Spurs overtook Liverpool, and you have to go back to the 2008-09 season to find Liverpool finishing above us in the league, after so many years of superiority, and in days when they were part of the Champions League furniture. Liverpool desperately want those days back, and a Premier League title, but they will have to improve their away form if they are to succeed this season. Liverpool have the advantage over us in the sense they are unencumbered by European competition this year.

Yes, they are above us in second place going into this week-end's fixtures, but Spurs can draw level (on points at least) with a win here. The omens are good, bearing in mind the fact we have won our last five home league games against Liverpool. Last year's game was a tighter 2-1 affair, but I knew we weren't going to lose when Aaron lennon scored in the seventh minute. Gareth Bale scored another two goals (one at the wrong end) to make it 2-1.

Liverpool's two away wins so far have been at Villa Park, and at The Stadium of Light, where Suarez made his first league appearance of the season. That was back in September, and Brendan Rodgers will want to get back that form, especially after the 3-1 set-back at Hull two weeks ago.

Spurs will be in good spirits and they have showed some good tempo, skill and form in their recent wins, and in the last home league game against Manchester United. Like United, Liverpool are a team we love to play, because they will be comingg at us, and not playing negative football.

So, it's not all about Suarez, but surely, if Spurs can keep him shackled, then a positive result is on the cards. Team news is still awaited as I write, but a lot could depend on whether Vlad Chiriches is fit to play this game. Chiriches has the speed and ability to turn quickly enough to keep tabs on a danger man such as the Uruguayan. Otherwise, it will mean another game at centre-back for Etienne Capoue, next to Michael Dawson, who has been rested for this game. Capoue has done a good job there in any case.

We can look forward to seeing Paulinho and Sandro in tandem, and hope to see Danny Rose start at left back, after playing just the first 45 minutes on Thursday night. AVB has a pleasant dilemma this week with both Soldado and Defoe in good form. I feel we could see Soldado start after his excellent hat-trick against Anzhi.

So, despite definitely missing Vertonghen, Spurs will be strong, and I am going for a 2-1 win, and a tilt at returning to the top four.

The referee will be Jon Moss, who presided over both our League Cup wins this season over Villa and Hull. I suppose this means we can't have him on Wednesday night when West Ham come to White Hart Lane next Wednesday!

15 years ago this week, Sol Campbell scored a dramatic last minute equaliser against Manchester United

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