FootyMAD's Tottenham Hotspur match preview

Last updated : 15 August 2008 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur fixture

A hard opening game for both teams with neither side having the best record when it comes to opening day fixtures.

Jonathan Woodgate returns to his former club and, apart from Alan Hutton who is injured, the Londoners have a full squad to choose from.

Boro are only missing Chris Riggott and Julio Arca and many fans will be keeping a keen eye on who Southgate picks in goal. The decision will be between Ross Turnbull and Brad Jones and there is also another decision to make at right-back with Justin Hoyte looking less likely to be signed in time. Rhys Williams and Tony McMahonw ill be fighting it out for the starting spot.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2007/2008Sat 12 AprTottenham H.1 - 1MiddlesbroughPREM
2007/2008Sat 03 NovMiddlesbrough1-1Tottenham H.PREM
2007/2008Wed 26 SepTottenham H.2 - 0MiddlesbroughLGEC
2006/2007Sat 28 AprMiddlesbrough2 - 3Tottenham H.PREM
2006/2007Tue 05 DecTottenham H.2 - 1MiddlesbroughPREM
2005/2006Sun 18 DecMiddlesbrough3 - 3Tottenham H.PREM
2005/2006Sat 20 AugTottenham H.2 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM

Recent respective form guides

Middlesbrough have only performed averagely at home, winning 3 and losing 2 of their last six. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 13 goals for the Boro, with 6 goals against.

Tottenham H. have an average recent record on the road, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats. The Spurs's have scored 6 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 8.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Tottenham H.6141567

FootyMad's prediction ...

A tough game for both sides with the midfield battle the key area. A 2-1 win to Boro but it will be very tough.

Sequence statistics:
Middlesbrough4 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 4 .
Tottenham H.Undefeated in last 3 away games.