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Arsenal v Spurs - Head-to-Head

Posted on 5 April 2002  - 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).

Dennis Bergkamp Steffen Iversen
Minutes on pitch 1481 895
Goals 8 2
Goals/Shots ratio 16% 7%
Shots On Target 26 11
Shooting Accuracy 53% 41%
Goal Assists 6 1
Passing Accuracy 72% 74%
Fouls 43 5
Offsides 20 6
Yellow Cards 1 0
Red Cards 0 0
1st Goalscorer Odds 13/2 7/1
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Steffen Iversen

Saturday's north London derby at Highbury is likely to be a bitter affair with personal battles and duels being fought all over the pitch. But two men likely to keep their cool while others around them are getting all irate are strikers Dennis Bergkamp and Steffen Iversen.

The Dutchman is arguably in his most productive form for Arsenal at the moment playing a superb supporting role for Thierry Henry. Bergkamp's sublime talent has blossomed at Highbury since quitting the Dutch national team and he is likely to be a key figure as the Gunners chase their second league and cup double in the last four years.

Bergkamp's awareness of his team-mates' position is immaculate -setting up seven strikes for his colleagues in the Premiership - and was evident when he set-up Freddie Ljungberg for the second goal at Charlton on Easter Monday. Latching onto Henry's through ball, Bergkamp took the ball around the Addicks goalkeeper Dean Kiely and squared the ball without looking into the path of Ljungberg to tap the ball into the empty net.

The Tottenham defence will need to be on their guard to cope with such vision, especially when Bergkamp drops deep, which could pose a problem for the likes of Dean Richards when the Dutch ace aims to play a speedy frontrunner in on goal.

At the other end of the field, Steffen Iversen has been in good form of late netting in both of Spurs' matches over Easter and the Norwegian was actually on the scoresheet the last time the visitors beat their north London rivals - the 2-1 win at White Hart Lane in November 1999.

The 25-year-old forward has struggled with injuries this term that ruled him out for large chunks of the campaign, but with no World Cup in the summer, Iversen can hopefully concentrate on getting himself ready for a full season in 2002/03.

Obviously one of Spurs' more mobile players in attack, Iversen represents good value at 7/1 to open the scoring on Saturday.

Ben Romaner