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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Wolves, 01.03.20

Last season's game - Spurs 1 Wolves 3, 29.12.18
This season's away game - Wolves 1 Spurs 2, 15.12.19
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Wolverhampton Wanderers

Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          5   2   1   2   10 -  8   7
Away          6   4   1   1   12 -  7  13
Total(Prem)  11   6   2   3   22 - 15  20
Div 1
Home         31  21   6   4   76 - 40  50
Away         31   9   7  15   46 - 60  27
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Div 2
Home          6   5   1   0   18 -  9  11
Away          6   1   0   5    6 - 16   2
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
Total(Prem)  11   6   2   3   22 - 15  20
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
GRAND TOTAL  85  42  16  27  168 -140 110

Last Six Premier League results:- 

Spurs      -    LDWWWL
Spurs      0-1    Liverpool
Watford    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Norwich
Spurs      2-0    Man City
A. Villa   2-3    Spurs
Chelsea    2-1    Spurs

Wolves     -    DWLDDW

Wolves     1-1    Newcastle
S'hampton  2-3    Wolves
Wolves     1-2    Liverpool
Man Utd    0-0    Wolves
Wolves     0-0    Leicester
Wolves     3-0    Norwich

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
6. Spurs   27 11  7  9  44-36   8   40
8. Wolves  27  9 12  6  38-32   6   39

A tough nut to crack

Apparently, chestnuts and almonds are popular (and grown) in Portugal, and not Brazil nuts. They speak Portuguese in Brazil of course and Wolves have acquitted themselves incredibly well since their promotion with their heavy Portuguese influence and some good, well-organised football. Nuno Espirito Santo's side will be a tough nut to crack for a badly weakened Spurs team.

Everton's match at home to Manchester United is Sky's choice for the hors d'oeuvres on Sunday afternoon to precede the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City. Sheffield United were scheduled to play Villa, so Spurs and Wolves could be battling it out for fifth place this weekend, but not in front of the UK's live TV cameras.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888 and have a proud history. They've won the FA Cup four times. Firstly in 1893. Lastly in 1960. Wolves were runners-up to Spurs at Stamford Bridge in 1921, when Jimmy Dimmock scored our winning goal. Wolves' halcyon days were of course the 1950s when they won the league title three times. With England's Billy wright as their captain, Wolves were famous around the world.

Wolves' last major trophies were the 1974 and 1980 League Cup wins against Manchester City and Nottingham Forest respectively. They won the Football League Trophy in 1988 as a Division Four team, during a period of 4 years when they were in the bottom two divisions. The team they beat (2-0) on May 29th 1988 was Burnley! Wolves finished top of the division and won immediate promotion from Division Three the following year. Wolves' goalkeeper in those days was Mark Kendall, once of Tottenham, who sadly died well before his time at the age of 50 in 2008.

It was a travesty really that Wolves spent so long out of England's top flight between 1984 and 2003 when they made the first of their three Premier League stays. The current squad looks like a team that will grace the top flight for a while now.

Wolves have had two very good seasons since their return to the Premier League and did well to qualify for Europe at the end of the first season. They have just qualified for the Round of 16 having beaten Mauricio Pochettino's old team Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate. After a 4-0 home win they were able to rest some of their players last night (Thursday) and lost 3-2 on the night. Nuno's team have to be regarded as contenders for thus season's Europa League trophy.

Diogo Jota (he wears number 18) is just one of Wolves' danger men. He scored his third hat-trick for the club in that 4-0 win against Espanyol and followed that up with the first two goals last week against Norwich. The third goal was scored by top scorer Raul Jimenez, who has been such a power for the Black Country side. Jota was rested completely for last night's game, and Jimenez didn't come off the bench. Neves was rested, and Jonny missed the game with an ankle/foot injury which may keep him out of our game.

The Wolves squad now includes Daniel Podence (Portuguese, of course!).Podence was signed in January from Olympiacos (well done on beating Arsenal!). Podence played against us this season in the Champions League, scoring one of the goals in our 2-2 draw in Piraeus. he is yet to make a Premier League start for his new club.

We have only played Wolves 6 times since 18th September, 2010, but it is an interesting fact that in those 6 meetings the home side has failed to win. In our total of 11 Premier League meetings Spurs have a better away record than at home.

This will be Wolves' first visit to the new stadium and last year's game was a 3-1 "home" defeat at Wembley. Ominously we have the same referee on Sunday as we had for that game - Stuart Attwell. Mr. Attwell also had charge of our away game this season in which "Super" Jan Vertonghen scored an added time winner. Now that was a happy memory!

It's too early for the Spurs team news, but I don't expect any change from that of last week. Wolves' playing style is well known with three at the back and the use of wing-backs. Whether Jose seeks to emulate that (the policy did not succeed at Stamford Bridge last week) or counter it with a strategy to try and get between the Wolves lines remains to be seen. I cannot feel confident about any Spurs game at the moment, and I fear the current trend in these games will continue. That is to say the home side will not win. I predict a 1-1 draw.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On February 28th, 2010, we beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane. My headline was "Magic Modric seals the win!". Those were good days! Stuart Attwell was the fourth official.

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