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Five trends of the 2014-15 Premier League

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Tottenham held by Orlando Pirates

A strong Tottenham side, captained by want-away midfielder Luka Modric, drew their pre-season friendly against Orlando Pirates 1-1 in South Africa on Tuesday.

Tottenham took the lead in the 16th minute when Rafael van der Vaart scored a fantastic free-kick which he powered past Senzo Meyiwa in the Pirates' goal.

Wales international Gareth Bale almost replicated Van der Vaart's effort later into the half but Meyiwa managed to tip his set-piece over the bar.

Defender Happy Jele then equalised for the Pirates when his shot from a narrow angle was too strong for Brad Friedel who flapped at it with one hand.

Daine Klate thought he had put the hosts ahead on half-time but his effort was ruled out for offside.

The second half was a much more disjointed affair with both sides making several substitutions and the game eventually petered out into a 1-1 draw.

Wolves picked up a hard-fought 3-2 win away at League One side Walsall.

Michael Kightly opened the scoring for Wolves before Jon Macken equalised and Leigh Griffiths' 40th minute strike was soon cancelled out by Walsall's Will Grigg before Christophe Berra scored the decider for Mick McCarthy's side.

A young West Brom XI won 3-2 at Kidderminster with Kemar Roofe scoring a hat-trick for the Baggies. Jamille Matt had put the hosts ahead and veteran Steve Guinan pulled one back late on.

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