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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Wolves v Spurs, 03.11.18

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Prem         Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          4   2   1   1    9 -  5   7
Away          4   2   1   1    7 -  4   7
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Total(Prem)   8   4   2   2   16 -  9  14
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Div 1
Home         31  21   6   4   76 - 40  50
Away         31   9   7  15   46 - 60  27
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Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
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Div 2
Home          6   5   1   0   18 -  9  11
Away          6   1   0   5    6 - 16   2
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Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
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Total(Prem)   8   4   2   2   16 -  9  14
Total(Div 1) 62  30  13  19  122 -100  77
Total(Div 2) 12   6   1   5   24 - 25  13
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GRAND TOTAL  82  40  16  26  162 -134 104
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Wolves     -    WDWWLL

Wolves     1-0    Burnley
Man Utd    1-1    Wolves
Wolves     2-0    S'hampton
C. Palace  0-1    Wolves
Wolves     0-2    Watford
Brighton   1-0    Wolves

Spurs      -    LWWWWL
           
Spurs      1-2    Liverpool
Brighton   1-2    Spurs
H'dsfield  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Cardiff
West Ham   0-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man City

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs   10  7  0  3  16-8    8   21
10. Wolves  10  4  3  3   9-9    0   15 

How about another famous win at Molineux?

Wolves' third promotion to the Premier League was achieved with a very convincing win of last season's Championship with 99 points. Managed by Nuno Espirito Santo, who was a Porto goalkeeper back in Jose Mourinho's time with the club (although he did not start often), it is well known that under his leadership there has been a heavy (and successful) Portuguese influence at Molineux.

Premier League ever-presents this season include goalkeeper Rui Patricio, midfielders Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, and Helder Costa and Diogo Jota (who can play anywhere across the front three). Mexico's Raul Jiminez is on loan from Benfica this season and is also ever-present, but one of Wolves' problems has been there lack of scoring prowess, despite plenty of entertaining and enterprising approach play. Jiminez has two league goals to his name, but has had so many more chances. Lets hope the profligacy continues against Spurs!

Until Fulham exceeded them in the summer, Wolves had been the highest spenders this year of any promoted team over the last five seasons. Wolves have more Portuguese players on their books than do Porto! Wolves were cleared in an EFL investigation over their relationship with "super-agent" Jorge Mendes, who has a long-standing relationship with Wolves' owners Fosun International. The enquiry was sparked by the grievances of some of Wolves' competitors for promotion.

Early in June, Wolves made two of their on loan players permanent signings - defender Willy Boly, who played 36 Championship games last season, and striker Benik Afobe, who was signed on loan from Bournemouth in January. Afobe was sold on to Stoke just 11 days later - at a profit - for 12.5 million. Wolves had paid 9.5 million. Boly is another of their Premier League ever-presents so far. In fact no less than 10 players have started every game, with Jota coming off the bench in the one game he didn't start. The one other start so far for Wolves (last week) has been Adama Traore, the pacy winger they signed from Middlesbrough for a club record 18 million. Traore is renowned for his pace, but in the past he has not offered enough end product. May that trend continue too!

Jiminez's two goals do make him the club's top league scorer, but seven other team members have also got on the scoresheet. Wolves do not even feature on this week's Premier League injury list. It must be something in the water! Unfortunately, we have to do without not only Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose, but now Eric Dier (thigh) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are missing and unlikely to feature before the International break.

No matter - we can play Harry Winks beside Mousa Dembele in a 4-2-3-1, or should Mauricio choose to play 4-3-3, Moussa Sissoko could be alongside those two. 18 year old Oliver Skipp, who made his senior debut for the club on Wednesday, has been called into the squad just in case. I suspect we will be 4-2-3-1, but there is plenty of competition for the three places behind Harry Kane who will return after his midweek rest. Lamela or Lucas Moura beside Eriksen and Dele. What about Son? We'll find out tonight at 6.45pm, one hour before this Saturday night kick-off. We've got another of those late night Saturday games next month at Leicester.

Molineux has been the scene of some famous Spurs wins over the years. I'll start with the 4-0 win on October 1st 1960, which gave us our record eleventh successive win in our first 11 games of the Double season. That record was finally beaten last night by PSG who beat second placed Lille 2-1 to win their 12th successive League game. Then there was the 1972 UEFA Cup Final first leg win when Martin Chivers scored both our goals in a 2-1. Later that year we played and beat Wolves in the first leg of a League Cup semi-final on our way to the 1973 trophy. Funnily enough, in both those Cup competitions the first leg was played (and won) at Molineux, and the home legs were drawn.

Ricky Villa's famous FA Cup semi-final goal against Wolves (it was a 30 yard cracker!) was scored in a replay at Highbury in 1981, of course, but we also beat Wolves (2-0) at Molineux in a 1996 FA Cup Fourth Round replay when Ronnie Rosenthal and Teddy Sheringham both scored in the first 10 minutes. How about another famous win tonight? I'll be bold and go for a 2-0 win. If Arsenal don't beat Liverpool, a win would take us back into the top four! COME ON YOU SPURS!

Our referee tonight is Mike Dean, who was Fourth official at Stratford on Wednesday. Mr. Dean is a Premier league veteran, and last had charge of Spurs when we beat one of the other promoted sides this season - Cardiff - on 6th October.

Did you know? (1) Spurs' very first league game was against Wolves on September 1st 1908. A crowd of some 20,000 watched Spurs win 3-0, with Vivian Woodward becoming the first player to score a league goal for Spurs. He added another too, with Tom Morris also getting his name on that historic score-sheet.

Did you know? (2) Glenn Hoddle's last managerial job was with Wolves between 2004 (after their first relegation from the Premier League) and 2006. Glenn did not succeed, but his successor Mick McCarthy did achieve promotion in 2009. The club then spent three successive seasons in the Premier League.

Did you know? (3) - Real Madrid's recently sacked manager - former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui - was in negotiations to take over as Wolves manager in July 2016 before he took the Spain job. Lopetegui's only previous major managerial job had been with Porto. Lopetegui was sacked as head coach of Spain two days before they played their first World Cup game against Portugal!

Recommended reading - Brian Judson's preview of our first Premier League game against Wolves in 2003.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On November 2nd 1998, Spurs drew 2-2 at home to Charlton. Report & preview by the late Brian Judson.

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