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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Liverpool, 15.09.18

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Full league history - Spurs v Liverpool:-


Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        26  12   7   7   37 -35  43
Away        26   2   8  16   24 -53  14
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Total(Prem) 52  14  15  23   61 -88  57
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
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Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Total(Prem) 52  14  15  23   61 -88  57
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 150 42  39  69  170 -239 143
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWWWWL
           
Spurs      1-0    Newcastle
Spurs      5-4    Leicester
Newcastle  1-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Fulham
Man Utd    0-3    Spurs
Watford    2-1    Spurs

Liverpool   -    LWWWWW

Chelsea    1-0    Liverpool
Liverpool  4-0    Brighton
Liverpool  4-0    West Ham
C. Palace  0-2    Liverpool
Liverpool  1-0    Brighton
Leicester  1-2    Liverpool

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Liverpool  4  4  0  0   9-1    8   12
5. Spurs      4  3  0  1   9-4    5    9 

Looking ahead to Liverpool

"Why am I reading a preview of the Liverpool game 10 days before it will be played?", you may ask. The reason is personal as your webmaster is "out of the office" and will not return until after the game has been played. My good friend and ace statistician Declan Mulcahy has kindly offered to write a match report when the time comes, but that is unlikely to be online before very late on 16th or early on 17th September.

The reason for the change to the usual Spurs Odyssey routine is that my wife and I will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. Luckily for me, this game is being played at lunchtime on Saturday 15th, so I will still be attending the game! 40 years ago on Saturday 16th September, 1978, while I was exchanging treasured marriage vows, Spurs were busy beating the once mighty Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road. Peter Taylor and Colin Lee scored our goals. Colin Lee had made a sensational debut for Spurs in the famous 9-0 thrashing of Bristol Rovers in the previous season when he scored 4. In recent years Taylor has managed Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters, but they are now managed by former England and Liverpool goalkeeper David James. Peter Taylor is currently managing Dagenham & Redbridge, who are bottom of the National League. David James lived around the corner from me at one time, in Welwyn Garden City. Talk about six degrees of separation. It's only one sometimes!

I can also tell you that Julio Mariner won the St Leger on our wedding day, but I cannot tell you who will win the race also being run on Saturday 15th September this year!

Here's a thought for you. If we can repeat the scoreline of last year's game or at least win by the same margin of three goals, then we would go top of the league before the rest of Saturday's games are played! Chelsea will be at home to Cardiff and Man City host Fulham in the 3pm kick-offs, so even if we do beat Liverpool (and why not?) I am sure we will be overtaken. The other TV game on this day will be Watford v Man Utd at 5.30pm.

Last year's game was also played at Wembley of course, and Liverpool were simply over-run by Spurs with Harry Kane scoring two plus Son and Dele adding to the tally. Mo Salah (who else?) had scored mid-way through the first half to make it 2-1, but Dele made it 3-1 in first half added time. Harry added his second and our fourth goal in the second half.

Spurs have had a good number of Premier League home wins against Liverpool (12 in total). One of these was a 2-1 in January, 2004, when a Robbie Keane penalty and Helder Postiga's only Premier League goal for Spurs gave us the points. Postiga only made 12 starts (12 as sub) in his one season with Tottenham before returning to Porto. Postiga therefore missed Porto's Champions League winning season. Helder only finished playing in 2016 when he had a second spell with Atletico Kolkata (in India), who incidentally are currently managed by Steve Coppell. Robbie Keane moved here early this year after his 5 years with LA Galaxy. Robbie did have a brief and not particularly fruitful spell with Liverpool in the first half the 2008/9 season before Harry Redknapp bought him back to Spurs on transfer deadline day early in 2009.

A more famous home win against Liverpool was almost 10 years ago just after Harry Redknapp had taken charge with Spurs in crisis. Our 2-1 win in November 2008 was achieved thanks to a late, late Pavlyuchenko winner. Harry had famously told Pavlyuchenko to just "f***ing run about a bit"! Such were the master strokes of the man from Sandbanks!

There is plenty of running banter these days between Spurs and Liverpool fans. The scousers were sensitive about that Harry Kane goal claim against Stoke, when Eriksen's ball apparently grazed the Spurs front man, being protective of their own man Salah. Salah did beat Harry by two for last season's Golden Boot. Then the "Reds"' fans got upset about Harry being awarded the England captaincy for the World Cup over their man Jordan Henderson. No doubt they will soon find something else to be upset about. Hopefully that can be the result of this match!

An almost inevitable departure from Anfield, although it is a loan deal at present, was that of goalkeeper Loris Karius (nothing like our LLoris!) who had such a disastrous Champions League Final. He was allegedly concussed by Sergio Ramos, who of course also caused Salah's shoulder injury in the same game. Ramos's touch of Salah's shoulder at the recent Champions League draw did not go unnoticed.

Karius has famously been replaced by 67 million man Alisson, who proved his fallibility against Leicester, who scored the only goal Liverpool have conceded so far this season. Alisson also conceded no less than seven goals against Liverpool when playing for Roma in the Champions League semi-final matches last season. Liverpool have actually defended better with Joey Gomez partnering Van Dijk and not the injured Lovren, but Jurgen Klopp will have a dilemma by the time this game is played, as Lovren should have fully recovered from a pelvic injury.

Klopp has been cautious with the use of Jordan Henderson who did not start a game until at Leicester just before the break. Other incoming transfers included Fabinho from Monaco (yet to play) and Shaqiri from Stoke (yet to start), but Liverpool's other signing Naby Keita from Leipzig has impressed with his midfield box to box play. Keita made way for Henderson at Leicester, but did come off the bench.

Liverpool remain a formidable attacking force, of course, with Mane actually leading the early Premier League scorechart with four goals. Liverpool will have a Tuesday night home game in the Champions League to contemplate against PSG, whilst we will have a trip to Italy to play Inter. We will have to wait to see whether those impending fixtures affect team selection for the league game, and I cannot comment on the events of International fixtures next week.

I do think that a very entertaining and attacking game is in prospect. Spurs will be eager to bounce back and make a statement following the Watford defeat. My heart says "home" win, but my head says draw, so I'll predict a 2-2.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - and it really was. On September 15th 1998 we beat Brentford 3-2 away in a League Cup second round game - with goals by Stephen Carr, Jose Dominguez and Ramon Vega.

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