Birmingham City Vs Tottenham Hotspur – Match Preview
Posted on February 29, 2008
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Opposition: Tottenham Hotspur
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St Andrew’s
Stats: Spurs have won 43 games to Blues’ 27 with 19 ending in draws. In the league, Spurs still hold the advantage with 38 wins to 25.
Blues have beaten Spurs just once at home in recent history – a 1-0 win on the opening day of the 03-04 season thanks to a goal from David Dunn.
Last time out: 18/03/2006 – We lost 2-0 thanks to goals from Lennon and Keane.
Current form: Blues are still winless in 2008 and have kept just one clean sheet in 22 games. Our home form is far from impressive with one win at St Andrew’s in over four months. Despite this, people remain confident and many will believe that his is a game that we could get that all too elusive win from. Our points must begin to be fitting of our performances.
Spurs go into the game in good form and good mood having won the Carling Cup against Chelsea last week. They’ve lost just once in their last ten – a 3-1 reverse at Manchester United in the FA Cup) and
Memories: It would be wrong to use this section of the blog to mention any other game than the one at White Hart Lane earlier in the season – Alex McLeish’s first game in charge. After having gone one up through a Gary McSheffrey penalty after 24 minutes, Spurs hit back thanks to a quick fire double from everyone’s favourite striker -Robbie Keane. Spurs pushed for a third when up popped Cameron Jerome out of nowhere to level the game at 2-2 from twenty yards. Keane was controversially red carded just five minutes later and this handed the initiative to Blues. After going close in injury time, Seb Larsson decides to take a pop from 30 yards. It flew spectacularly past Paul Robinson in the Spurs goal to send the Blues fans into raptures… quite a welcome for Big Eck!
Other memorable games against Spurs include the 3-1 League Cup win in 2000 (Adebola 2, Burchill) and the previously mentioned 1-0 home win thanks to David Dunn back in August 2003.
Team news: Martin Taylor is banned for tomorrow and Olivier Kapo is out for a month so expect Radhi Jaidi – who has been the subject of praise from McLeish this week – and Gary McSheffrey to come into the side. Otherwise expect an unchanged line up.
Opposition team news: It looks as though both Woodgate and King will be out so hopefully there’s a back four that we can take advantage of. For more Spurs team news, click here to visit the Spurs site Push & Run.
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What’s going to happen? I haven’t given the game much thought this week. I always feel that the more I think about a game in the week, the more chance we have of winning it… obviously this doesn’t work since I thought about the Sunderland game for a week solid before it, such was the importance. I’m not confident and the stats above should tell you why. We can’t seem to keep a clean sheet and although I think we’ll score tomorrow, I can’t see us outscoring Spurs.
Blues 1-2 Spurs