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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).

Coventry City

Highfield Road

Saturday 14 October, 2000

Tottenham Hotspur
8 Games 8
ATTACKING
8 Goals scored 11
1.00 Ave goals per game 1.38
43% Shooting Accuracy 38%
11% Goals to shots % 10%
PASSING
2645 Passes 3346
66% Pass completion % 72%
DEFENDING
81% Tackle success rate % 75%
14 Goals conceded 11
1.75 Ave goals conceded per game 1.38
DISCIPLINE
118 Fouls 115
17 Yellow cards 7
1 Red cards 0

Coventry v Tottenham Hotspur

Three games ago, George Graham was stating that he was pleased with the progress he had made during his spell in charge of Tottenham. But league defeats by Charlton and Leeds, interspersed with a draw against newly promoted Manchester City, have put a different complexion on Spurs 2000-01 season to date. They will try to turn things around again at Highfield Road, when they visit Coventry City.

Things have not gone entirely to plan at Coventry either. The Sky Blues incredibly went the entire 1999-2000 season without recording an away win. But while they have already won twice on their travels this term, they are still languishing in 17th place, mainly because they have conceded an average of two goals per game at home and picked up just one point during their opening four league fixtures at Highfield Road.

Tottenham triumphed 1-0 in last year's corresponding fixture. The odds on Gordon Strachan's team crashing to another 1-0 defeat on Saturday are 6/1.

Since the start of the season (or for the last 10 years to be precise), Spurs fans have complained bitterly about the quality of football on offer at White Hart Lane. However, their side have been far more competent in keeping possession than the Sky Blues. So far this term Graham's team have completed 72% of their passes, six percentage points better than Coventry, who have recorded the lowest pass completion rate in the Premiership.

And if Spurs' Ukrainian international Sergei Rebrov can continue in the same vein of form that he has showed of late, they will certainly stand a chance against Strachan's team. The former Dynamo Kiev forward has fired in 21 efforts this season - the fifth-highest total in the Premiership - and is the Lilywhites' top scorer this year with four goals.

Rebrov is rated at 10/11 to add another to his tally at Highfield Road, which could prove a good bet if Coventry's woeful home record continues.

However, if Strachan's side can utilise their enviable combative skills, they may prove sterner opposition than Spurs would expect. Coventry have come out on top in 81% of their challenges this term - the best rating in the division - and should hold the edge in any physical tussle with Graham's players, who have won 75% of their tackles.

Tottenham clearly need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, and with Coventry looking vulnerable at home, this seems as good a time to start as any. But the Sky Blues also have something to prove, indicating a close match may be in store.

Rupert Webster

Matchday Referee: P Jones.

Only two other referees have given out more yellow cards than Mr Jones, although he is yet to send any player off. On average, this official hands out a card for every 8.55 fouls so his level of tolerance is quite high - the sign of a referee who uses sensible discretion before senseless discipline



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
P. Jones 132 0 17 0 45.75
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Bellamy v Iversen

MATCH SPECIALS
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Iversen to score 11/8
Rebrov to score 10/11
Rebrov hat-trick 20/1
Aloisi hat-trick 25/1
Hadji to score 5/2
Palmer to be booked 7/4
A penalty is scored 4/1
A penalty is missed 12/1
A sending off 4/1
Coventry clean sheet 15/8
Tottenham clean sheet 13/8

TEAM NEWS
Coventry will make one change to their side for the visit of Tottenham as Paul Williams is suspended following his sending off at Preston in the Worthington Cup tie, so Gary Breen will take his place. Ramon Vega is likely to start for Spurs with skipper Sol Campbell out for six weeks and Luke Young having aggravated a foot injury.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Coventry:
Bellamy 6/1
Aloisi 13/2
Roussel 13/2
Zuniga 8/1
Hadji 12/1
Chippo 14/1
Thompson 16/1
Eustace 16/1
Palmer 20/1
Telfer 25/1
Hall 33/1
Breen 40/1
Shaw 40/1
Hendry 40/1
Edworthy 50/1
Williams 66/1
No Goalscorer 13/2
Tottenham:
Rebrov 11/2
Ferdinand 6/1
Iversen 13/2
Leonhardsen 10/1
Anderton 12/1
Sherwood 16/1
Etherington 16/1
Clemence 16/1
Carr 25/1
Davies 33/1
Vega 33/1
Freund 33/1
Thatcher 40/1
Young 40/1
Perry 50/1
No Goalscorer 13/2
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ODDS
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7/4 Coventry win 7/5 Tottenham win 11/5 Draw
Coventry Correct
Score
Tottenham
7/1 1-0 6/1
12/1 2-0 10/1
10/1 2-1 9/1
28/1 3-0 22/1
22/1 3-1 18/1
28/1 3-2 25/1
80/1 4-0 66/1
80/1 4-1 50/1
80/1 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
7/2 Coventry Coventry
15/1 Coventry Draw
28/1 Coventry Tottenham
5/1 Draw Coventry
7/2 Draw Draw
4/1 Draw Tottenham
33/1 Tottenham Coventry
15/1 Tottenham Draw
10/3 Tottenham Tottenham
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By Road:

Download directions to Highfield Road in Microsoft Word format:

- Coventry doc
By Rail:
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