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Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          16  7  6  3   25 -19  27
Away          16  1  6  9   11 -22   9
Total(Prem)   32  8 12 12   36 -41  36
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  47 25  6 16   99 -77  62
Away (Div 1)  47 17 11 19   72 -75  48
Total(Div 1)  94 42 17 35  171 -152 110 
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   2  1  1  0    4 - 3   3
Away (Div 2)   2  0  1  1    1 - 3   1
Total(Div 2)   4  1  2  1    5 - 6   4
Total(Prem)   32  8 12 12   36 -41  36
Total(Div 1)  94 42 17 35  171-152 110
Total(Div 2)   4  1  2  1    5 - 6   4
Grand Total  130 51 31 48  212-197 150

Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs      1-1   Bolton
Reading    0-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-2   Liverpool
M'brough   2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   S'derland
Chelsea    1-1   Spurs

Aston Villa  

Everton    2-2   A. Villa
A. Villa   0-2   Wigan
West Ham   2-2   A. Villa
A. Villa   4-2   Man City
Stoke      3-2   A. Villa
A. Villa   0-0   Liverpool

Pos          P  W  D  L  F-A GD  Pts
12 A. Villa  3  1  1  1  6-5  1   4
20 Spurs     3  0  1  2  3-5 -2   1
Who can forget last year's dramatic 4-4 draw at home to Aston Villa? Played on Monday 1st October, in front of a flag-waving home crowd, celebrating the 125 year history of our club, Villa so nearly ruined the celebrations by taking a 4-1 lead. Then, as now, Spurs went into the game in the bottom three of the Premier League, and would have stayed there had it not been for Younes Kaboul's last ditch equaliser which led to touch-line celebrations with the management team of Martin Jol and Chris Hughton.

Significantly, none of Spurs' four goal-scorers remain on our books now. Berbatov had scored the 20th minute opener with a header from a corner, but Villa took a 3-1 interval lead thanks to Laursen (2) and Abgonlahor. Craig Gardner made it 4-1 for Villa, and many fans made their way home, only to miss the most fantastic of come-backs by Spurs, wearing their 125th anniversary quartered shirts for the only time in a competitive game. Chimbonda and Keane (penalty) got it back to 4-3, before Kaboul drove the ball high into the net after Gareth Bale's long throw. Bale is one of only four Spurs players in the starting line-up that night who could possibly play tomorrow. (The others were Dawson, Lennon and Huddlestone)

In January's away game another former Spurs striker scored our only goal as we went down by 2-1. That was Jermain Defoe, who has been on fire for Portsmouth since his move, with 12 league goals in 16 games. Of course, if only they knew the events that would transpire in the summer, Spurs would surely have retained the little dynamo.

Now we must look to Juande Ramos's new boys, and of course Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedrun Corluka are likely to make their club debuts in this game. Whether Darren Bent is relegated to the bench or will play up front with the Russian remains to be seen, but Ramos needs to spring a tactical surprise upon the "Villans" in the same fashion as did Capello last week against Croatia. Our two Croatians will remember the events of Wednesday night sorely.

Martin O'Neill has also been ringing the changes in the transfer market, with two new full backs (Luke Young and Nicky Shorey), Carlos Cuellar and Steve Sidwell (both still waiting for their club debuts), Brad Friedel in goal and James Milner signed from Newcastle. Perhaps the departure of Milner was the last straw for Kevin Keegan, although at the time his public comments seemed supportive of the move. Milner has played before for Villa, when on loan from The Toon in the 2005-06 season.

Villa have also got the exciting Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gareth Barry and a fit John Carew to pick from.

It's going to be a very tough game, but perhaps as open as last year's thriller. I think there will be less goals, and of course I hope for a win. Indeed, Spurs need a win to get off the bottom of the table and to get out of te bottom three. However, I think that will only come if Spurs get an early strike, and I think we might have to settle for a draw. I'll predict 2-2.

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