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Lane classic arguably the most memorable match in history; VIEW FROM THE SOFA Tottenham v Manchester United Setanta Sports 1, 5.30pm.

Byline: Steve Palmer

GOALS, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals.

When I first saw this game on the fixture list, my immediate reaction was to shout: "Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals!"

Good job I wasn't in a library at the time, eh?

I was, in fact, alone in my room. I'm allowed to shout anything in there. I shouted five swear words in succession at the top of my voice the other day and got away with it. Five!

God, I love the freedom Great Britain affords me.

The reason I was shouting (about goals, not profanity) is because Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United is always a match which I instinctively associate with lots of onion-bag bulging.

Maybe it's just me, but don't you get memories of that epic 2001 clash between the sides at White Hart Lane come flooding into your mind when you see these teams paired together?

Spurs were 3-0 up at half-time through Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege, but then Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Veron and David Beckham all notched in the second half for United in a stunning 5-3 victory.

It's possibly the most memorable game in Premier League history.

But just because I can't get images of this classic out of my head, it doesn't necessarily mean goals will be on the menu at the Lane again today. There are some pretty decent defenders likely to play (Woodgate, King, Vidic, Ferdinand, etc).

Oh, who am I trying to kid?

It's Spurs v United - a chunk on over-2.5 goals can't fail, can it?

And after the Lane action, there is another game which usually comes with a guarantee of goals - Barcelona v Real Madrid.

Do you know what my first reaction was when I saw this game on the fixture list?

I shouted: "Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals goals, goals!"

I was at a nativity play. The kids were singing Silent Night. I was forcibly ejected by the Three Wise Men. My reputation is in tatters.

The 3-3 correct-score double should be odds-on. Get on now or forever regret it.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2008
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