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Chelsea v Spurs - Head-to-Head

Posted on 13 March 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).

Eidur Gudjohnsen Teddy Sheringham
Minutes on pitch 1596 2211
Goals 12 5
Goals/Shots ratio 24% 8%
Shots On Target 28 27
Shooting Accuracy 55% 42%
Goal Assists 5 3
Passing Accuracy 69% 77%
Fouls 22 28
Offsides 17 20
Yellow Cards 2 3
Red Cards 0 1
First Goalscorer Odds 9/2 13/2
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Eidur Gudjohnsen was the scourge of Tottenham last Sunday after his two-goal second half blast destroyed Spurs' hopes of qualifying for European competition next season.

The Iceman was coolness personified as he slotted past Neil Sullivan in two one-on- one situations with the goalkeeper. First the former Bolton star, sprung a weak Spurs offside trap for the team's second just after half-time and he then sealed the win with the fourth on the counter-attack. The Blues worked the ball to Gudjohnsen and he advanced unchallenged from the halfway line to send the home fans heading for the exit gates.

He was also unfortunate not to win a penalty as he was upended in the box by a rash challenge by Anthony Gardner, however it mattered little as Chelsea got their revenge for their humiliating 5-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in the Worthington Cup in January.

Meanwhile Spurs skipper Teddy Sheringham had another disappointing afternoon in front of goal following hard on the heels of his team's defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the Worthington Cup Final. Sheringham was well marshalled by William Gallas and the rest of the Blues defence in the 4-0 drubbing and he will hope to be more of a threat at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The England striker has come under fire for his rather sluggish performances in recent games and Opta can reveal that his goals-to-shots ratio of 8% is far below the Premiership average for a centre forward and his shooting accuracy is considerably lower than his Chelsea rival.

After such a promising start to the season, when Sheringham was at the hub of all things that were good about Spurs, he was deemed a certainty for Sven-Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad - especially after he helped the Three Lions on their way with a goal against Greece in their final qualifying game at Old Trafford.

But his below-par performances for Spurs in recent weeks - he is without a Premiership goal since early December - have also coincided with the team produce some disappointing displays as they have been thrashed both by Manchester United and the Blues in recent games. It may be argued that when Sheringham is off-colour the whole team is affected such is their reliance on the former United talisman.

In contrast Gudjohnsen, has scored on his last seven Premiership games at the Bridge, is 9/2 to net the first goal of the match on Wednesday. The Icelandic star has claimed more assists than the Spurs captain and his partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is sure to pose a few more problems for the visitors defence who could well be sick of the sight of him by the end of the fifth meeting between the two teams this season.

Benji Romaner