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Full Record of Spurs -v- Liverpool

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        16   6   5   5   20 -21  23
Away        16   1   5  10   14 -33   8
Total(Prem) 32   7  10  15   34 -54  31
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Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Total(Prem) 32   7  10  15   34 -54  31
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 130 35  34  61  143 -207 117

Last Six Premiership results:-


Spurs       0-0   Wigan
P'tsmouth   2-0   Spurs
Spurs       0-1   Hull
Stoke       2-1   Spurs
Spurs       2-0   Bolton
Arsenal     4-4   Spurs


Liverpool   0-0   Stoke
Everton     0-2   Liverpool
Man City    2-3   Liverpool
Liverpool   3-2   Wigan
Chelsea     0-1   Liverpool
Liverpool   1-0   P'tsmouth

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
 1 Liverpool 10  8  2  0 15-6   9  26
20 Spurs     10  1  3  6 11-16 -5   6 
For the second time this season, Spurs are involved in a top versus bottom clash. One such encounter is one too many for any Spurs fan, and the sooner we get ourselves out of the mire, the better. It might take a while yet though.

The first of these top v bottom clashes was for the third game of the embryonic season, when we travelled to Chelsea with no points on the board, having lost at Middlesbrough and at home to Sunderland, of all teams. Spurs produced their best performance of the season under Juande Ramos to earn a deserved point in an exciting game at Stamford Bridge, in which we gave our all, and the fans came away with hope. Now new manager Harry Redknapp has renewed those feelings with four points from his first two games in charge.

It is interesting to note that at Stamford Bridge, we played with one man off the striker. It wasn't Luka Modric on that occasion, but Giovani Dos Santos. Gio has yet to make his mark for Harry, but of course Modric has had two outstanding games in that position.

There have been gleeful press references to the Titanic this season, when Spurs surpassed their previous worst start to a season. It used to be like that until March 1985, every year, when Spurs visited Anfield where they had not won a league game since the liner sank in 1912. Garth Crooks' goal ended that reference. Always remember it is because we ARE a big club that we attract media frenzy when things are not going well. It has always been like that for any of the big London sides. Yes, I can remember when Bertie Mee's Arsenal used to take such stick, not least when they lost a League Cup Final to Third Division Swindon. Chelsea have had plenty of such stick down the years of course, being a yo-yo club!

Last time we played this fixture was the last day of last season, when we lost 2-0. Voronin scored Liverpool's first and Torres scored their second. This result was with Berbatov and Keane in the Spurs side. Berbatov's skill for United the other night only highlights the type of footballer we are missing, but we just have to get on with it. We also have to get on without Robbie Keane, who has had his traditional slow start to the season at Anfield. Robbie is likely to play today, having missed the midweek game, in which the Scousers beat Portsmouth with a Gerrard penalty. Robbie has yet to score a league goal this season. What is the betting he'll do it against his old team today? Quite likely, I'd say, but I expect he'd show respect for the team where he spent six years. Unfortunately for him, the home fans will probably give him a mixed reception, but I don't think it will be as bad as that reserved for Berbatov's return on December 13th. Keane did at least always give 100% for Spurs.

Liverpool are top of the league with an unbeaten record, and a win at Stamford Bridge last week under their belts. Today's game is going to be tougher than the midweek drama at The Emirates. Once again, anything we can get from the game will be a bonus, and I have no expectations.

Liverpool are likely to be without Torres again, due to his hamstring injury, but apart from Skrtel, they have no other injury problems. Spurs too are injury free, apart from the ongoing situation with Ledley, who having been rested midweek, may appear today. That could release Corluka to a defensive midfield position, where Huddlestone may have to sit it out. Otherwise, I would expect the Spurs starting line-up to remain the same.

The atmosphere will be hot and expectant. Rafa Benitez asked for respect for Robbie, which he may get. I hope he also gets one in the eye in football terms from a Tottenham team whose morale will be increasing by the minute. I'll predict 1-1.

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