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Posted on 27 October 2000  - 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).


Stamford Bridge

Saturday 28th October, 2000

Tottenham Hotspur
10 Games 10
19 Goals scored 15
1.90 Ave goals per game 1.50
49% Shooting Accuracy 40%
15% Goals to shots % 11%
4283 Passes 4101
78% Pass completion % 72%
76% Tackle success rate % 73%
14 Goals conceded 14
1.40 Ave goals conceded per game 1.40
170 Fouls 143
15 Yellow cards 15
1 Red cards 0

Chelsea v Tottenham

Tottenham make the short trip to Chelsea on Saturday searching for their first win over the Blues in 10 years.

George Graham's team have been extremely poor travellers earning only one point from their last five games. Therefore are offering generous odds of 4/1 on a Spurs success.

In contrast Chelsea have been in commanding form at home this month, defeating Liverpool 3-0 and last week Claudio Ranieri's team trounced Coventry City 6-1 in a swashbuckling display of lightning one-touch football.

One player who shone during the goal blitz was £15 million striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who recorded the highest ever Opta score for an individual performance. The flying Dutchman notched 3,502 points for his seven shots on target including four goals and he had another two efforts just off target.

Hasselbaink's four-goal haul not only lifted him into peak position as the Premiership's most deadly finisher with a 56% shooting accuracy but also boosted his team's overall goals to shots ratio of 15%, one of the best ratios in the division.

In contrast Spurs' shooting accuracy of 40% was the fourth-worst in the Premiership and Graham will find his options limited up-front. Steffen Iversen and Chris Armstrong will be unavailable and last week's two-goal hero Oyvind Leonhardsen was carried off on a stretcher during the 3-1 win over Derby. The Norwegian midfielder is expected to be out for a least a month with a hamstring injury.

Despite last weeks victory some sections of the White Hart Lane crowd were baying for the head of George Graham and the tough Scot is showing signs of frustration at the constant abuse hurled in his direction. Graham admitted: The abuse is probably 75 per cent down to me, and I don't mind that. But the crowd should try and lift the players not boo them".

One of the main causes for the fans' complaints is the style of football currently being served up by Graham's teams, a far cry from the free-flowing push and run brand of play which originated from the club during the last century.

Envious glances are often focused towards a more exciting unit at Chelsea, whose passing accuracy puts Spurs to shame. Seventy-eight per cent of their passes have found Chelsea's intended target, and expect the Blues to dominate possession in Saturday's contest at Stamford Bridge.

Claudio Rainieri has been described by some sources as an Italian George Graham, a man from the school of hard knocks who wants his team to display a fighting spirit as well as playing high-quality football.

This resolve has already seemed to have rubbed off on the Blues, who boast a 76% tackle success rate and although they may not dish out another six-of-the-best expect Chelsea to secure another three points at the expense of their London rivals.

Benji Romaner

Matchday Referee: S Dunn

Steve Dunn will have to be on guard as only Derby have conceded more fouls than Chelsea this term. The Bristol-based official awards on average four cautions every match and he controversially sent-off Arsenal's Patrick Vieira on the opening day of the season at Sunderland.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
S Dunn 116 0 14 1 41.00

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Desailly v Perry

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Jokanovic to score 4/1
Leboeuf to score 5/1
Carr to score 15/2
Anderton to score 4/1
Hasselbaink hat-trick 14/1
Rebrov hat-trick 33/1
Chelsea clean sheet 5/6
Tottenham clean sheet 10/3
A penalty is scored 4/1
A penalty is missed 10/1
A sending off 4/1
Wise to be booked 11/8
Sherwood to be booked 5/4
Poyet to score header 7/2

Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri is set to be without the injured Graeme Le Saux and Mario Stanic. Slavisa Jokanovic is pushing for a place after playing in the reserves in midweek. Spurs boss George Graham will be without Mauricio Taricco and Steffen Iversen who are both set to have operations.
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Hasselbaink 7/2
Zola 9/2
Flo 5/1
Gudjohnsen 13/2
Poyet 9/1
Jokanovic 16/1
Dalla-Bona 16/1
Wise 20/1
Morris 20/1
Leboeuf 20/1
Melchiot 25/1
Babayaro 33/1
Desailly 40/1
Bogarde 66/1
Ferrer 66/1
No Goalscorer 7/1
Rebrov 13/2
Ferdinand 15/2
Doherty 9/1
Leonhardsen 14/1
Sherwood 16/1
Anderton 16/1
Clemence 20/1
Carr 33/1
Thatcher 40/1
Freund 40/1
Perry 50/1
Young 50/1
Taricco 66/1
No Goalscorer 7/1
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4/6 Chelsea win 4/1 Tottenham win 9/4 Draw
Chelsea Correct
6/1 1-0 9/1
13/2 2-0 22/1
15/2 2-1 16/1
11/1 3-0 66/1
11/1 3-1 50/1
28/1 3-2 40/1
28/1 4-0 -
25/1 4-1 -
50/1 4-2 -
66/1 5-0 -
66/1 5-1 -
7/1 0-0 7/1
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time
13/8 Chelsea Chelsea
16/1 Chelsea Draw
45/1 Chelsea Tottenham
7/2 Draw Chelsea
7/2 Draw Draw
9/1 Draw Tottenham
25/1 Tottenham Tottenham
16/1 Tottenham Draw
9/1 Tottenham Chelsea
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