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Premier      Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          8  5  1  2   15 - 9  16
Away          9  1  3  5    7 -14   6
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Total(Prem)  17  6  4  7   22 -23  22
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Football Lge
Home (Div 1) 29 17  5  7   57 - 31 39
Away (Div 1) 29  9  3 17   38 - 52 21
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Total(Div 1) 58 26  8 24   95 - 83 60
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Football Lge
Home (Div 2)  2  2  0  0    3 - 1   4
Away (Div 2)  2  1  0  1    1 - 1   2
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Total(Div 2)  4  3  0  1    4 - 2   6
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Total(Prem)  17  6  4  7   22 -23  22
Total(Div 1) 58 26  8 24   95 -83  60
Total(Div 2)  4  3  0  1    4 - 2   6
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Grand Total  79 35 12 32  121 -108 88
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Last six Premier League games

Spurs

Spurs      4-4   Chelsea
Spurs      2-0   P'tsmouth
Spurs      1-4   Newcastle
Blackburn  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   M'brough
Wigan      1-1   Spurs

Bolton

Man Utd    0-2   Bolton
Bolton     0-0   Man City
Bolton     2-3   Ar5ena1
A. Villa   4-0   Bolton
Bolton     1-0   West Ham
M'brough   0-1   Bolton

Pos        P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
11 Spurs  35 10 12 13 64-58   6  42 
16 Bolton 35  8  8 19 32-52 -20  32
Spurs celebrate one of Robbie Keane's two goals before he was sent off after 36 minutes in last season's home game When Bolton came to White Hart Lane in February last year, they were managed by Sam Allardyce and sat fifth in the Premier League on target to qualify for Europe for the second successive season. Unfortunately for the Trotters on that day, Spurs were in the second week of their purple patch, having beaten Fulham in the FA Cup by 4-0 the previous week. Spurs scored 4 again and were already three goals to the good when Robbie Keane was sent off for handball on the line, which lead to Bolton scoring from the spot. We saw that day one of the most sublime centre forward performances of recent years by a Spurs player, when Dimitar Berbatov held the line superbly, enabling Spurs not just to hold on to their lead, but to increase it by the end of the game.

After this season's away game, despite getting a 1-1 draw, I recorded the fact that Spurs would be in the bottom three for the 125th Birthday. Another thriller was to follow on October 1st, when Spurs clawed their way back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 against Aston Villa.

Robbie Keane scored two goals in the 4-1 victory, and also got our goal in this season's 1-1 draw. Keane is certainly due a goal, as he has not scored in the last 5 games. Robbie will be eager to at least emulate, if not beat his striker partner's tally for the season, which now exceeds his by one goal (23 to 22).

Spurs are now officially one of three teams in the Premier League with nothing to play for. The others are West Ham and Newcastle, neither of whom can qualify for Europe, or get relegated.

Despite their decent run in this season's UEFA Cup (They were knocked out in Round 4, like Spurs), Bolton do have everything to worry about, having lifted themselves out of the bottom three only last week, thanks to a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough. That was their second successive win, having beaten West Ham by the same score the previous week, and the first time they have managed such a feat in league games all season. With Chelsea away on the last day of the season, and every point desperately required to try and ensure another season in the top flight, Gary Megson's side will be hoping to take all three points tomorrow. They might need them too, with Roy Keane's Sunderland their visitors next week.

With such need in mind, Bolton have once again paid for free travel for their fans, who turned out in numbers at The Riverside, and will therefore turn out in more strength than usual for this game. The fact is though that Nicolas Anelka remains Bolton's top scorer, and that Kevin Nolan is the nearest of the current playing squad with five league goals. One of Bolton's problems over the course of the season is that even Nolan has at times been unsettled by the management and not guaranteed his place.

Bolton's win last week was achieved without star goalkeeper Jaaskelainen, who is out with a back injury for the rest of the season. Striker Kevin Davies was also absent with a wrist injury, and right back Nicky Hunt is also out for two months. Al Habsi took the place of Jaaskelainen, and former Spur Grzegorz Rasiak started up front but was replaced by "gobber" Diouf. Rasiak was signed on loan from Southampton in January, has played 239 minutes in 6 games so far, without scoring. Bet he scores against us if he plays!

For Spurs, we are told that both Paul Robinson and Pascal Chimbonda are back in full training, along with Jonathan Woodgate. Whether all three play remains to be seen.

It is difficult to predict a result. Despite Bolton's recent results, the one at The Riverside was somewhat fortuitous, with Boro missing numerous chances, and also being denied a handball decision.It is about time Spurs won a game. Season ticket prices have yet to be announced, and we haven't won at home since 22nd March against Portsmouth.

Once again, I'll let my heart rule my head and go for 3-1 to Spurs.

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