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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Man Utd v Spurs, 08.08.15

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Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          23   3   8  12   25 -38  17
Away          23   2   3  18   13 -48   9
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Total (Prem)  46   5  11  30   38 -86  26
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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)  46   5  11  30   38 -86  26
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   156 37  42  77  195 -257 126
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Man Utd   -    LLLWDD

Chelsea    1-0   Man Utd
Everton    3-0   Man Utd
Man Utd    0-1   West Brom
C. Palace  1-2   Man Utd
Man Utd    1-1   Arsenal
Hull       0-0   Man Utd

Spurs     -    WDLLWW

Newcastle  1-3   Spurs
S'hampton  2-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Man City
Stoke      3-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Hull
Everton    0-1   Spurs

2014-15 Final Positions:-

Pos           P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
4. Man Utd   38  20 10  8  62-37  25  70 
5. Spurs     38  19  7 12  58-53   5  64

Tough start for Spurs

It's here at last! Despite the late finish last season, and an early start this week, the summer still seems to have dragged by with no major football tournament to keep we football fans contented.

This will be the last season of Barclays' sponsorship, and it seems that with all the extra TV income coming next year (there's plenty already!), The Premier League will be happy not to have a sponsor. We'll see.

It really couldn't be a tougher start for Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs with an away match at an expectant Old Trafford. The last time we started the Premier League season with this fixture was on 22nd August, 2011 when we lost 3-0. We were meant to have started that season with a home game against Everton, but that had to be postponed due to riots in the Tottenham area.

Losing by three goals at Old Trafford is a nasty habit as that was the score in last season's game, played in March this year, when Louis van Gaal radically out-thought Pochettino with a strategy that exposed Spurs' weaknesses down their flanks.

Kyle walker had a poor game that day, and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod at right back on Saturday. New signing Kieran Trippier was not bought simply as a back-up for Walker, but as a genuine challenger on the right side of the defence. Another new signing, Toby Alderweireld will surely partner Jan Vertonghen, with Danny Rose on the left. Rose must be puffing his chest out a bit more following the rumoured interest in him from Champions Chelsea.

Another summer Spurs signing, Kevin Wimmer, will probably have to wait his turn for a chance to start a Premier League game.

Spurs will do well to remind themselves that they have won two of their last three games at Old Trafford. This game literally kicks off this season's Premier League programme in the 12.45 Saturday kick-off on BT Sport, who have upped their game this year by scooping up all UEFA Champions League and Europa League rights too. The last time Spurs shared the responsibility for kicking off the Premier League was on August 14th 2010 at home to Man City when the match finished 0-0. The game was of particular interest, as it was a re-match of the game when Spurs beat City to gain their one and only entrance to The Champions League.

Van Gaal has famously been very busy in the transfer market, and has made some very astute acquisitions in Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, and Sergeo Romero. They've off-loaded Van Persie, and Di Maria, so Rooney will be given the primary attacking role again.

United played four pre-season games in the USA, winning three (one against Barcelona), but losing to PSG 2-0 in the last game on 29th July. PSG have signed Di Maria, and United have had to take a loss of about 15 million on the fee they paid last year.

31 year old Schweinsteiger was described as having fitness problems in America. He has spent his entire professional career to date with Bayern Munich, but has missed a fair number of games through injury in recent seasons. Memphis Depay was a goal-scoring machine for PSV last season and will be a big danger to Spurs. One factor in our favour may be that Van Gaal might need more time for his new boys to bed in. Mind you, last season's team did alright against us, didn't they?

Spurs, of course, have attracted negative publicity and worries from their fans because they played two high profile friendlies in mid-week. The club had asked for a Sunday start to their programme, but failed in that bid. It looks as if it will be too late for any new attacking recruit to join in time to play this game.

Harry Kane was rested for the Wednesday game against AC Milan, in which Nacer Chadli scored an excellent goal. Hugo Lloris was fit enough to play some second-half minutes, so we'll just have to play the will he? - won't he? start guessing game there.

Of course, I am hoping for a good result to start our season, but I have to own up to predicting a 2-0 win for United. There is an interesting page on the BBC site - My Premier League Life - which sadly indicates that United are the team Spurs have lost most to, not only in my lifetime, but since they were established in 1882.

I'll be at the game, which is only just across The Pennines for me these days. You can catch my match report and the usual post-match survey tomorrow evening!

Tomorrow's referee will be Jonathan Moss, who refereed our last game of last season at Goodison Park, which we won! Mr. Moss was also last season's FA Cup Final referee.

10 years ago our shortest ever season started with a victory at Portsmouth!

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