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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premiership Season
for 2009-2010 - Match 37
Why we love playing Manchester City!

Statistically, Spurs could not have asked for a better team to play against than Manchester City for last night's crucial "play-off" for fourth place.

Our record against them in the Premier League now reads:-


Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          13 10  2  1   21 -10  32
Away          13  9  2  2   19 -12  29
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Total(Prem)   26 19  4  3   40 -22  61
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That's a healthy 2.34 points per game, and even better than Harry Redknapp's overall record as Spurs manager. We've managed more Premier League points only against Everton, but that is partly because Everton, like us, are ever presents in the Premier League from which City were absent for several years.

The last time Spurs finished in the top four was in 1989-90 before the advent of the Premier League. Spurs have not won 21 league games in a season since 1986-87, when we finished third. That season is also memorable for a disappointing Cup Final defeat, which we may equate to our semi-final elimination by Portsmouth this year.

Spurs could of course get their 22nd win at Burnley on Sunday (to be televised on ESPN), and you have to go back to 1984-85 for a better win record (23), when we also finished third. Mind you, that was a 42 match season too!

Spurs have not drawn a league game for 12 games, during which time we have won 9 and lost 3 games.

Peter Crouch is the only Spurs player to have played in every one of our Premier League games this season. he has made 20 starts and appeared as substitute on the other 17 occasions. he has scored 8 league goals, but created many more either directly, or by his presence and threat to defences. Crouch and Defoe have scored 28 goals in the 30 matches they have started together this season.

The last time Spurs finished above Liverpool in the league was 39 years ago in 1970-71. When we were third and Liverpool fifth.

Have you noticed the number of times I have mentioned third place in this item? Did you know that Spurs COULD finish third on Sunday? Come on Fulham!


Results 01-05.05.10

B'mingham  2-1   Burnley
Man City   3-1   A. Villa
P'tsmouth  3-1   Wolves
Stoke      0-0   Everton
Spurs      1-0   Bolton
Fulham     3-2   West Ham
Liverpool  0-2   Chelsea
S'derland  0-1   Man Utd
Blackburn  2-1   Arsenal
Wigan      2-2   Hull
Fulham     0-1   Stoke
Man City   0-1   Spurs

       Barclays Premier League
 
Pos Team      P  W  D  L   F  A  GD  Pts

1  Chelsea   37 26  5  6  95 32  63  83
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2  Man Utd   37 26  4  7  82 28  54  82
3  Arsenal   37 22  6  9  78 40  38  72
4  Spurs     37 21  7  9  65 37  28  70
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5  Man City  37 18 12  7  72 45  28  66
6  A. Villa  37 17 13  7  52 38  14  64
7  Liverpool 37 18  8 11  61 35  26  62
8  Everton   37 15 13  9  59 49  10  58
9  B'mingham 37 13 11 13  37 45  -8  50
10 Stoke     37 11 14 12  34 44 -10  47
11 Blackburn 37 12 11 14  40 55 -15  47
12 Fulham    37 12 10 15  39 42  -3  46
13 S'derland 37 11 11 15  47 54  -7  44
14 Bolton    37  9  9 19  40 67 -27  36
15 Wigan     37  9  9 19  37 71 -34  36
16 Wolves    37  8 11 18  30 55 -25  35
17 West Ham  37  8 10 19  46 65 -19  34
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18 Hull      37  6 11 20  34 75 -41  29(R)
19 Burnley   37  7  6 24  38 80 -42  27(R)
20 P'tsmouth 37  7  7 23  34 65 -31  18(R)

*Portsmouth deducted 9 points on 17.03.10.

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