Can Spurs keep things rolling?

November, 5, 2010

•  11th-place Bolton and American Stuart Holden host 5th-place Tottenham on Saturday (8:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and Bolton is undefeated (6-0-4) in its last 10 league home games against Spurs, and it hasn't been shut out by Tottenham in a home league match in their last 33 meetings, since a 2-0 Division 1 loss in 1923. Tottenham, meanwhile, has never won a league game at Reebok Stadium, with its last road win over Bolton coming in March 1996 at Burnden Park.

•  Manchester United welcomes Wolverhampton to Old Trafford on Saturday. The Red Devils are the only undefeated team in the league, and the 10-game unbeaten streak is United's longest to start a season since a 12-game stretch in 1991-1992. While United is a heavy favorite in this match, the result certainly won't be as lopsided as the very first meeting between these clubs. In 1892, Manchester United (then known as Newton Heath) crushed Wolves 10-1 at North Road. One hundred and eight years later, that remains United's largest ever league win, matched three times since, most recently against Ipswich Town in 1995.

•  Which club has played the most league games since losing by more than one goal? The surprising answer is Everton, which hasn't lost by multiple goals in its last 34 league contests. Tim Howard and company travel to Blackpool Saturday to play the Seasiders for the first time in 30 years. A tight, low-scoring affair seems likely. Blackpool hasn't scored more than two goals since its season opener against Wigan, and Everton has only allowed multiple goals once this season, in a 3-3 draw versus Manchester United.

•  Clint Dempsey is set to make his 150th appearance for Fulham when the Cottagers host Aston Villa on Saturday. Dempsey tallied a brace in Fulham's 2-0 win over Wigan last week, and he has a team-leading five goals in all competitions this season. His 25 career Premier League goals are the second-most ever by an American, trailing only Brian McBride's 36 goals, 32 of which were scored with Fulham from 2003-2008.

•  Liverpool hosts Chelsea on Sunday in the weekend's marquee game. The Reds have won two straight league games to leap from the relegation zone to 13th place, while table leader Chelsea tops the league in goals scored (27) and fewest goals allowed (3). The Blues have won eight straight games against the rest of the traditional Big Four clubs (Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool), but their last loss was at Anfield in February 2009, when Fernando Torres provided both goals in a 2-0 Liverpool victory.



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