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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).

Saturday 6th April
Tottenham Hotspur
32 Games 33
66 Goals scored 44
2.06 Ave goals per game 1.33
50% Shooting Accuracy 38%
15% Goals to shots % 11%
13,997 Passes 14,312
78% Pass completion % 74%
74% Tackle success rate % 73%
32 Goals conceded 47
1.00 Ave goals conceded per game 1.42
545 Fouls 455
65 Yellow cards 51
6 Red cards 5
10,148 Opta Index Score 9,481

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

In what has been the closest title race since the 1980s the Gunners have taken advantage of Manchester United's lapses and it looks like they have developed a system that works for them. United might still be the top passers and the most prolific goalscorers but Arsenal have the points and that's what really counts.

Against Tottenham, the odds are greatly in the home side's favour and when it comes to shooting, the Gunners' aim has been true. With 50% of their shots hitting the target, there is no side in the top flight that are more accurate with their efforts than Arsene Wenger's side. Conversely, the crowd at White Hart Lane have had to deal with more of Tottenham's shots than the opposing goalkeepers have. With just 38% of Spurs' efforts hitting the target they are the most inaccurate side in the Premiership.

The visitors might also struggle to keep the ball for significant periods of time as only Manchester United can better Arsenal's 78% pass completion rate. Tottenham - who pride themselves on their passing - have completed 74% of their distribution.

If Tottenham are going to get something from this game then their 5-3-2 formation could well be the answer. The wing-back system allows them to push on up the flanks and only one side can better their 28% cross completion rate.

The one player who been centring the ball especially well is Darren Anderton. He has whipped in 73 accurate crosses this season and only David Beckham, Nolberto Solano and Laurent Robert can better that.

This game could see Arsenal move a step nearer to the title, but north-London derbies are not the most predictable of games - for Tottenham and their fans, a famous win at the home of their local rivals could be a smug end-of-season-reward.

Matt Pomroy

Match referee: M. Halsey

It's something of a myth that Arsenal versus Spurs games are dirty with very few cards - compared to other derbies - but Mr Halsey is neither too strict nor too lenient. Like the third bowl of porridge, he is just right.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
M. Halsey 528 3 57 4 40.67
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Spurs will give fitness tests to four players as they aim to put a spoke in the wheel of their bitter rivals' Premiership title challenge.

Ledley King, Christian Ziege and goalkeeper Neil Sullivan all sat out the Easter Monday success against Leeds, but all could return at Highbury.

Ben Thatcher played in that game, but he has been suffering from a high temperature this week and Glenn Hoddle will assess him on Saturday. Kasey Keller and Matthew Etherington again stand by.

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Match Result
Arsenal 4/9
Draw 11/4
Tottenham 11/2

Correct Score
Arsenal 1-0 13/2
Arsenal 2-0 11/2
Arsenal 2-1 7/1
Arsenal 3-0 9/1
Arsenal 3-1 9/1
Arsenal 3-2 28/1
Arsenal 4-0 18/1
Arsenal 4-1 16/1
Arsenal 4-2 40/1
Arsenal 5-0 40/1
Arsenal 5-1 40/1
Arsenal 6-0 80/1
Arsenal 6-1 66/1
Arsenal 7-0 100/1
Arsenal 7-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 9/1
Draw 1-1 13/2
Draw 2-2 18/1
Draw 3-3 66/1
Tottenham 1-0 11/1
Tottenham 2-0 28/1
Tottenham 2-1 20/1
Tottenham 3-0 80/1
Tottenham 3-1 80/1
Tottenham 3-2 66/1
Tottenham 4-0 100/1
Tottenham 4-1 100/1
Tottenham 4-2 100/1

Double Result
Arsenal/Arsenal evens
Arsenal/Draw 16/1
Arsenal/Tottenham 50/1
Draw/Arsenal 7/2
Draw/Draw 5/1
Draw/Tottenham 12/1
Tottenham/Arsenal 28/1
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 12/1

First Goalscorer
T Henry 10/3
F Jeffers 5/1
S Wiltord 11/2
N Kanu 6/1
D Bergkamp 13/2
J Aliadiere 8/1
F Ljungberg 8/1
Edu 14/1
P Vieira 16/1
R Parlour 16/1
Lauren 20/1
T Adams 25/1
S Campbell 28/1
G Grimandi 40/1
L Dixon 40/1
M Keown 50/1
O Luzhny 50/1
I Stepanovs 50/1
No Goalscorer 9/1
S Iversen 7/1
T Sheringham 7/1
S Rebrov 10/1
G Poyet 10/1
C Ziege 16/1
M Etherington 20/1
G Doherty 20/1
O Leonhardsen 20/1
D Anderton 20/1
S Davies 25/1
T Sherwood 25/1
S Clemence 33/1
D Richards 40/1
L King 40/1
A Thelwell 50/1
A Gardner 50/1
B Thatcher 66/1
C Perry 66/1

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