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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).

Arsenal

Highbury

Saturday 31th March, 2001

Tottenham
30 Games 30
ATTACKING
47 Goals scored 36
1.57 Ave goals per game 1.20
50% Shooting Accuracy 41%
11% Goals to shots % 11%
PASSING
13521 Passes 11796
76% Pass completion % 69%
DEFENDING
73% Tackle success rate % 71%
29 Goals conceded 38
0.97 Ave goals conceded per game 1.27
DISCIPLINE
440 Fouls 457
35 Yellow cards 39
3 Red cards 2

Arsenal v Tottenham

The two north London giants meet at Highbury this Saturday in a dress rehearsal ahead of next weekend's FA Cup Semi-Final showdown at Old Trafford.

Both teams will be looking to gain a psychological advantage before their cup clash and with the Gunners hosting Valencia in a Champions League Quarter-final tie on Wednesday, this week is make-or-break for the boys from N5.

Arsenal boast a considerably more deadly shooting accuracy than their old foes with half of their efforts hitting the target. In contrast only 41% of Spurs' shots have troubled the opposition goalkeeper.

Tottenham shot-stopper Neil Sullivan is sure to be in for another busy afternoon against the team who have fired in the most shots on target (209) in the Premiership. The former Wimbledon custodian was in superb form when these two sides met last December, pulling off a string of fine saves to deny Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp amongst others. His overall total of nine stops was Sullivan's highest tally in a single game in a season so far this season.

And if it was not for a last-gasp header by substitute Patrick Vieira, Sullivan would have come away from his first-ever north London derby with all three points for his side. Nevertheless even the most stubborn of Spurs fans would have to admit that their deadly rivals were full value for a draw.

However if you think Tottenham can upset the form book on Saturday and become the first team to win at Highbury in the Premiership this season and record their first win at their near neighbours in over seven years, online bookies www.SpursBet.co.uk offer 4/1 on the Lilywhites providing a shock result.

Realistically Arsene Wenger's team should have nothing to fear from a side that has won only one match away from White Hart Lane all season and whose supposed exciting brand of 'push and run' football is not evident in Opta's passing statistics for the two clubs.

The Gunners are much more adept at retaining possession, with 76% of their distribution finding a team-mate, seven percentage points greater than Tottenham's ratio.

The Spurs players will probably be forced into a great deal of tracking back and hassling Arsenal's more superior-skilled performers on Saturday, but the spirit of George Graham may still linger over the team and the likes of Steffen Freund in the centre of the park will like nothing better than a good old scrap and the chance to show who's boss ahead of next week's showdown.

With Graham not involved in a north London derby for the first time in the last six meetings, expect this game to be a lot more open than previous encounters in recent years. The Gunners' extra firing power however should give the bragging rights to those fans on the south side of the Seven Sisters Road, and give them the psychological edge ahead of the semi-final clash next weekend.

Benji Romaner

Matchday Referee: Paul Durkin

Dorset official Paul Durkin is one of the most lenient referees in the top-flight. The flame-haired whistle-blower has only brandished 2.18 cards on average per match in the Premiership this term and will know how to handle this type of clash.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
P. Durkin 509 3 33 2 37.00
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Seaman v Sullivan
TEAM NEWS
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping that French quartet Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord and Patrick Vieira return from international duty unscathed. The Gunners are still without Martin Keown who is likely to make his comeback in the FA Cup semi-final next week and Gilles Grimandi is suspended. Spurs will be without skipper Sol Campbell who limped out of England's win over Albania with an ankle injury.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Arsenal:
Henry 4/1
Wiltord 9/2
Kanu 6/1
Bergkamp 6/1
Pires 9/1
Ljungberg 9/1
Parlour 14/1
Vieira 16/1
Lauren 16/1
Silvinho 20/1
Edu 20/1
Cole 25/1
Adams 25/1
Grimandi 33/1
Keown 33/1
Vivas
Stepanovs 50/1
Dixon 50/1
Luzhny 66/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
Tottenham:
Iversen 7/1
Rebrov 7/1
Doherty 14/1
Clemence 25/1
Etherington 25/1
Davies 25/1
Campbell 33/1
Freund 40/1
Gardiner 50/1
King 50/1
Perry 50/1
Thelwell 50/1
Young 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
For all these bets + goalcasts go now to www.SpursBet.co.uk
ODDS
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4/6 Arsenal win
4/1 Tottenham win
11/5 Draw
Arsenal
Correct
Score
Tottenham
6/1
1-0
9/1
2-0
7/1
2-1
3-0
3-1
3-2
4-0
4-1
4-2
5-0
-
5-1
-
6-0
-
6-1
-
8/1
0-0
8/1
1-1
2-2
3-3
Half-Time/Full Time
Arsenal
Arsenal
Arsenal
Draw
Arsenal
Tottenham
7/2
Draw
Arsenal
7/2
Draw
Draw
9/1
Draw
Tottenham
Tottenham
Arsenal
Tottenham
Draw
9/1
Tottenham
Tottenham
For all these bets + much more go now to www.SpursBet.co.uk

By Road:

Download directions to Highbury in Microsoft Word format:

- Arsenal.doc
By Rail:
The Railtrack.com website offers travel information and an easy-to-use journey planner: Railtrack Website