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Posted on 8 December 2000  - 12:00

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Bradford City

Valley Parade

Saturday 9th December, 2000

Tottenham Hotspur
16 Games 16
ATTACKING
9 Goals scored 22
0.56 Ave goals per game 1.38
45% Shooting Accuracy 42%
7% Goals to shots % 12%
PASSING
5653 Passes 6310
67% Pass completion % 71%
DEFENDING
70% Tackle success rate % 70%
25 Goals conceded 23
1.56 Ave goals conceded per game 1.44
DISCIPLINE
230 Fouls 238
24 Yellow cards 24
1 Red cards 1

Bradford City v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham travel to West Yorkshire on Saturday hoping to improve on the worst away record in the Premiership that has seen George Graham's team take only one point from their eight trips this term.

Meanwhile Bantams' boss Jim Jefferies has rejuvenated the club since replacing Chris Hutchings in the manager's chair last month. Taking four points from his first two games, the Scottish firebrand has moved into the transfer market bringing Dutchman Robert Molenaar and fellow Scot Billy McKinlay to Bradford in the club's bid to avoid relegation.

The pair have been signed to improve on Bradford's poor tackle success rate of 70% where only West Ham have a poorer record. Nevertheless individually in Stuart McCall the Bantams can boast, one of the best tacklers in the division. The inspirational McCall has won 44 challenges this term - only six players have won more.

In comparison to Bradford, Spurs have a similarly low tackle success rate. Perhaps the two and a half month absence of captain Sol Campbell has contributed to their meagre total of 70% from 368 challenges.

It's been a confusing time for Spurs fans. Dis-heartened by a Worthington Cup walloping by Birmingham City, they were ready to increase the pressure on Graham and chairman Alan Sugar at the club's lack of progress. But successive home wins over high-flying Liverpool and Leicester and the emergence of Alton Thelwell and Ledley King has renewed optimism in the blue and white half of north London.

Last Saturday's match at Old Trafford did not daunt the youngsters, but despite competent displays' both will hope for a better outcome at Valley Parade. Spurs have not won at Bradford in over 65 years, but SpursBET reckon at 150/1 they can change that with King scoring the first goal in a 2-1 win for the Londoners.

Spurs will be without the services of Darren Anderton through suspension, so the Bantams' midfield trio of McCall, McKinlay and Dean Windass might enjoy the greater spells of possession although they could do with improving their passing accuracy of 67%. Only Coventry have completed fewer passes than the Bantams, while Spurs have the seventh-best completion rate in the Premiership with 71%.

If Bradford are to win their second successive match, then they need Stan Collymore to make a quick recovery after being attacked in a Birmingham nightspot, the former Aston Villa hit-man enjoys a good record against Spurs scoring five goals against them in his last six Premiership duels with the Londoners. This will also be Collymore's last match before serving a three-match suspension following an FA charge.

But Opta predict that the most 'Stan the Man' will help to deliver for Bradford on Saturday is a solitary point as George Graham's team earn a hard-fought draw (11/5 with SpursBET) in a tight encounter.

Benji Romaner

Matchday Referee: N Barry

Stuart McCall will not have fond memories of Neale Barry after the referee sent him off for two bookable offences at Charlton last month. The Lincolnshire official is fairly lenient though, only awarding an average of 2.5 yellow cards per game compared to Graham Poll's average of 3.7 cautions.


Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
N Barry 231 0 20 2 37.88

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Clarke v Sullivan

TEAM NEWS
Gareth Whalley has joined David Wetherall on the long-term injury list as he requires a hernia operation, while Stan Collymore is serving a three-match ban. Spurs will check on Sergei Rebrov's thigh problem before naming their line-up.
MATCH SPECIALS
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Collymore to score at anytime 13/8
Windass to score at anytime 15/8
Beagrie to score at anytime 4/1
Ferdinand to score at anytime 11/8
Armstrong to score at anytime 13/8
Sherwood to score at anytime 9/2
Collymore hat-trick 25/1
Windass hat-trick 40/1
Ferdinand hat-trick 25/1
Molenaar to score a header 16/1
Petrescu to score outside the area 20/1
Carr to score outside the area 14/1
Campbell to score a header 16/1
Vega to be sent off 16/1
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Bradford:
Collymore 6/1
Carbone 6/1
Windass 7/1
Blake 11/1
Beagrie 12/1
Ward 12/1
Lawrence 12/1
McCall 25/1
McKinlay 25/1
Molenaar 25/1
Petrescu 25/1
Atherton 33/1
O'Brien 33/1
Nolan 33/1
Myers 33/1
No Goalscorer
Tottenham:
Ferdinand 5/1
Rebrov 6/1
Armstrong 6/1
Korsten 12/1
Sherwood 14/1
Clemence 25/1
Carr 25/1
King 33/1
Campbell 33/1
Thelwell 33/1
Freund 33/1
Perry 40/1
Vega 40/1
Davies 40/1
Young 40/1
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ODDS
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13/8 Bradford win 7/5 Tottenham win 11/5 Draw
Bradford Correct
Score
Tottenham
13/2 1-0 6/1
11/1 2-0 10/1
9/1 2-1 9/1
25/1 3-0 22/1
20/1 3-1 18/1
28/1 3-2 25/1
80/1 4-0 66/1
66/1 4-1 50/1
66/1 4-2 66/1
13/2 0-0 13/2
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time Double Result
7/2 Bradford Bradford
15/1 Bradford Draw
28/1 Bradford Tottenham
5/1 Draw Bradford
7/2 Draw Draw
4/1 Draw Tottenham
28/1 Tottenham Bradford
15/1 Tottenham Draw
10/3 Tottenham Tottenham
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