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Duo aware of double trouble

Posted on 1 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).

Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege have pinpointed Sunderland's deadly duo of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips as the men to watch on Saturday.

When they click, it's as good a partnership as you'll find in the Premiership and Quinn, in-particularly, has saved some of his best displays for us in recent seasons.

However, we handled them superbly back in September when we ran out 2-1 winners at the Stadium of Light and despite the pair's threat, we've only lost once to the Black Cats in the Premiership. And Quinn might be ousted by newcomer Patrick Mboma anyway.

Nevertheless wing-back Christian, on target in September's win, said: "Sunderland are always strong. I don't know the reasons, but they seem to have had problems this season.

"They have a threat up front where Phillips, from my point of view, is one of the best strikers and Quinn is always dangerous because of his height and strength in the air. We will have to be careful there. They are still dangerous."

Les is a big fan of his fellow striker Quinn. He added: "They are probably at their best when he's playing and linking up with Kevin Phillips and we'll have to be on our guard for that.

"They've proved themselves over the years.

"They were a potent strikeforce in the Premiership last season, linked up well together and have scored plenty of goals.

"The fact that he used to play for Arsenal might inspire Niall a bit more but let's hope he doesn't have one of those games on Saturday."