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Arsenal v Spurs - Head to Head

Posted on 30 March 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Minutes on pitch 1530 2388
Goals Conceded 17 35
Clean Sheets 8 8
Saves 40 101
Saves/Shots 70% 74%
Distribution 496 1035
Distribution % 58% 51%
Crosses Caught 29 67
Crosses Dropped 0 0
Yellow Cards 0 1
Red Cards 0 0
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David Seaman v
Neil Sullivan

Both England and Scotland's goalkeepers return to Premiership action after a busy week of international duty for their respective countries.

David Seaman received many plaudits for his performance against Finland last weekend, when he pulled off a spectacular last-gasp save to deny Jari Litmanen. And his seven saves at Anfield re-established himself as England's number one under Sven Goran Eriksson.

Meanwhile Neil Sullivan, fresh from Group Eight action with the Tartan Army, participates in his first-ever north London derby at Highbury, this Saturday. Sullivan will be eager to impress new boss Glenn Hoddle who will be watching from the stands.

The ex-Wimbledon shot-stopper, whose 101 saves is the joint-highest tally in the Premiership tied with Mart Poom of Derby County, may face a tug-of-war with Ian Walker for the goalkeeping jersey. Walker made his only England start under the stewardship of Hoddle in a World Cup qualifying encounter with Italy in 1997.

But if Sullivan can reproduce his display from the two rivals first meeting this season, then Walker would find it a struggle to get back into the side. The Scotland shot-stopper made nine saves - his highest tally in a single match - to deny stinging efforts from Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

Nevertheless he was powerless to prevent Patrick Vieira's last-gasp header that earned the Gunners a deserved draw in December and ruin an otherwise perfect performance from Sullivan.

Seaman will be relishing the opportunity of being part of an Arsenal team to defeat the old foes from down the Seven Sisters Road - a feat he has not managed at Highbury in over nine years - and his minutes-per- conceded goals ratio is also the more impressive of the two goalkeepers.

The England custodian only lets in one goal per 90 minutes on average in the Premiership this season, while his opposite number Sullivan has conceded every 68 minutes during his maiden season with Spurs.

But the Spurs man does boast the better saves-to-saves ratio, denying the opposition with a 74% tally, four percentage points greater than Seaman.

With these two men forming the last line of defence, Saturday's match is not likely to be a high scoring affair and on-line bookies offer 8/1 on the pair both keeping clean sheets in a tense stalemate.

Benji Romaner