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Coventry v Spurs Head to Head

Posted on 13 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).

Minutes on pitch 642 566
Goals 3 0
Goals/shots ratio 27% 0%
Shots on target 8 8
Shooting accuracy 73% 38%
Goal Assists 0 1
Passing Accuracy 76% 72%
Fouls 9 7
Offside 9 2
Yellow Cards 2 2
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 6/1 13/2
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Craig Bellamy
Steffen Iversen

Highfield Road has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Tottenham in recent seasons, with Spurs having won four times in their last six attempts. However, their Norwegian striker Steffen Iversen has never scored at Coventry and, in addition, is yet to get off the mark at all this term. Not exactly the most inspiring news for fans of the London team.

The Sky Blues' Craig Bellamy, on the other hand, has found the transition from Nationwide football to the Premiership relatively smooth. Three goals - albeit two from the penalty spot - have underlined the 21-year-old's massive potential, while the furore over various sponsors demanding their investments back from his former club Norwich highlight how much he is missed by the Norfolk side.

The so-called 'new Robbie Keane' has started as notably as the real one did, impressing the Highfield Road crowd with his excellent ball control and eye for goal. Indeed, further to his three-goal tally, Bellamy has tested the 'keeper with a stunning 73% of his shots in 2000-01 and the fact that Tottenham have already conceded 11 goals this season should imbue the Welsh wizard with the conviction that he can improve on those figures.

Paradoxically, Iversen's record in 2000-01 makes extremely frustrating reading for the Tottenham support. Most thought that the introduction of Ukrainian star Sergei Rebrov alongside the Norwegian international would finally give Spurs a potent strike-force for the first time since the Teddy Sheringham/Jurgen Klinsman combination in 1994-95. But with Iversen yet to open his goal account, nothing seems further from the truth.

Indeed, the former Rosenborg forward has only fired eight of his 21 efforts on target, resulting in cricked necks for quite a few Premiership 'keepers and irritation for Iversen. Last season he netted 14 league goals, but the odds on the Scandinavian breaking his duck at Coventry are 13/2.

In addition to Bellamy's goal-tally, the Cardiff-born star has rattled the woodwork on one occasion - a feat Iversen has been unable to mirror - and also won a penalty, which he duly converted against Southampton. It's been a great start to his Premiership career, especially considering that Bellamy was injured for all but four games last season.

However, unlike Bellamy, Iversen is a proven Premiership striker and despite a poor opening to the 2000-01 campaign has at least supplied a goal assist for his team-mates. George Graham will be hoping he can provide a lot more at Highfield Road as Spurs look to bounce back from a three-match winless run.

Phill Othen