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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Man Utd, 28.12.14

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Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          22   3   7  12   25 -38  16
Away          22   2   3  17   13 -45   9
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Total (Prem)  44   5  10  29   38 -83  25
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  51  20  19  12   89 -64  63
Away (Div 1)  51   9   9  33   55 -101 28
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Total(Div 1) 102  29  28  45  144 -165 91
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   2   1   1   10 - 3   5
Away (Div 2)   4   1   2   1    3 - 3   4
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Total(Div 2)   8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
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Total (Prem)  44   5  10  29   38 -83  25
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
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Grand Total   154 37  41  76  195 -254 125
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs     -    WLDWWW

Spurs      2-1   Everton
Chelsea    3-0   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   C. Palace
Swansea    1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Burnley
Leicester  1-2   Spurs

Man Utd   -    WWWWDW

Man Utd    3-0   Hull
Man Utd    2-1   Stoke
S'hampton  1-2   Man Utd
Man Utd    3-0   Liverpool
A. Villa   1-1   Man Utd
Man Utd    3-1   Newcastle

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Man Utd  18 10  5  3  33-19  14   35
 7. Spurs    18  9  3  6  24-24   0   30

A meeting of two teams in form

Even when we rarely managed any return out of a United game, it has always been a game that both sides have relished. It has been almost a full year since we last met, at Old Trafford on New Year's Day, when Spurs won their second consecutive away match against "The Red Devils". That was a 2-1 win, and Christian Eriksen scored the winner with a stooping header. I spot a trend here!

We haven't beaten United at home though since May 2001. The last two home games have been drawn, but we took pride from the fact that we were the onlt team to take four points of Sir Alex Ferguson's men in his last season, when United last won the Premier League. We also took four points last season.

Last season's home game was played on 1st December, and finished 2-2. Kyle Walker scored from a free kick, and Sandro scored his last Tottenham goal, but that man Rooney scored twice, once from the penalty spot, when Lloris was adjudged by Mike Dean to have brought down Welbeck.

Rooney is a man in form again for United, and seems to be relishing his role as England Captain. Indeed, Rooney has scored 8 goals in his last 8 games for club and country. Three have been for England, and yesterday, he scored twice against Newcastle.

The team we played yesterday (Leicester) were the 5-3 victors over Louis van Gaal's men in September, since when United have lost only once, 1-0 against their arch rivals at The Etihad. United had a difficult start to the season, but they have now won 7 of their last 8 games, all of which have been in the Premier League. United had to enter the Capital One cup in the second round this year and got roundly beaten by MK Dons, so they have only had Premier League football to play.

United are a team in genuine winning form at the moment. Van Gaal still favours his 3-5-2, with Valencia and Young filling those wing-back berths. Ominously Robin van Persie has also hit form, and Falcao, who has had some fitness problems, seems to be getting back in the swing.

Statistically, Spurs are also one of the form sides in the league at present, with three consecutive wins, and five wins in their last seven league games. We all know though that those wins have not always been merited. Yesterday's win at Leicester was a prime example. We've lost games we should have won at home, and won games away that we could easily have lost.

Spurs will have to be at ther best tomorrow, and I suspect that most of the team which won at Leicester, in debilitating conditions, will be required. Ben Davies might replace Rose at left back. Kyle Walker might get a rest, with Naughton ready to step in. Ryan Mason looks set to start this one.

This game will complete the cycle of matches against all other teams in the league, and it will mark the half-way stage. We have accumulated 30 points, which is just one less than at the same stage last season. A win would be fantastic, but I think we will have to be happy with a point at best. I am prepared for the worst, and I suspect United will take the honours by the odd goal.

Tomorrow's match referee is Jon Moss, who was last in charge of us in our 4-1 defeat at The Etihad, when he awarded no less than four penalties in the game, one of which was to us, but Soldado couldn't put it away.

10 years ago on December 28th, we drew 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

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