Tottenham Hotspur's Recent Form Against Newly Promoted Premier League Teams

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Tottenham Hotspur's Recent Form Against Newly Promoted Premier League Teams
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Gareth Bale in action against Norwich City last season. Tottenham won 3-1 at Carrow Road but come unstuck when the Canaries visited White Hart Lane later on.

Last season's Championship winners Reading welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Madejski Stadium on Sunday as the London club face their first newly promoted side of the season.

The easy assumption to make ahead of such fixtures would be that it is three automatic points for the team who have been flirting with Champions League football and the top four for the best part of five years.

Tottenham supporters know better, and recent history backs this up.

These games have been among Spurs' trickiest, and while no club can claim to be perfect against promoted sides, the White Hart Lane side have enough negative experiences to point to be nothing less than cautious against these teams.

It hasn't all been negative though, and among the slip-ups and upsets, Spurs have demoralised a few plucky young upstarts with a comprehensive lesson in the realities of Premier League football.

Andre Villas-Boas and his team will be hoping for the latter this weekend as they look to kick-start their stuttering campaign.

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