Sunday, September 24, 2006

Spurs News

Coming Next to White Hart Lane:

Thursday, 28th September - Slavia Prague UEFA Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

Spurs welcome Slavia Prague to White Hart Lane for the first European game in seven years. Spurs hold a one goal lead from the first leg, thanks to Jenas's goal in Prague.

Spurs will be hoping to build on that and have a comfortable passage into the group stages of the UEFA Cup which will guarantee them a further four games in the competition, two at home and two away games.

If Slavia can lift their game from the 1st Leg and happen to score early, the pressure will mount on Tottenham whose confidence is presently at a low ebb. Spurs would need to score or the game would go into extra time and possibly penalties.

In Spurs very first season in European football saw them visit Prague to play Dulka Prague in the 2nd Round (Q/f) of the European Cup. Spurs had lost the first game by a single goal but won the 2nd Leg by 4-1 with Dave Mackay and Bobby Smith both scoring twice.

A similar result on Thursday would greatly boost Spurs sagging spirits.

Next Premiership game for Spurs is Portsmouth at White Hart Lane.

Portsmouth have started the season well and are undefeated without conceding any goals, ahead of tomorrow night's home game against Bolton. A win would take them above Chelsea at the top of the Premiership table.

With Portsmouth's confidence at the moment, Spurs can expect a difficult game and the visitors will be looking to gain revenge for the double defeat last season and especially the game at White Hart Lane when A late controversial penalty set Spurs up for a 3-1 win in Harry Redknapp's first game on his return as Portsmouth manager.

Carling Cup

With their involvement in the UEFA Cup providing Spurs with a bye to the 3rd Round of the Carling Cup they have already had a more successful domestic Cup campaign than last year.

Beaten in their first games in both Cup competitions was a bitter disappointment - Grimsby in the Carling Cup and Leicester in FA Cup, so this year Spurs will be hoping to progress having been drawn to meet MK Dons at their new Milton Keynes home. This is the first time that Spurs have met the former 'Wimbledon' club since rheir controversial move away from London. Spurs last Cup success saw them beat Wimbledon over two legs in the semi-finals of the Worthington Cup in 1999. Steffen Iversen scoring the important goal in the second leg after a scoreless game at White Hart Lane.


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