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Everton v Tottenham Head-to-Head

Posted on 20 August 2001  - 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).

WEIR DOHERTY
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 90 90
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 1 0
DEFENDING
Blocks 2 0
Headed clearances 15 11
Other clearances 2 3
Interceptions 1 0
Tackles won 1 6
PASSING
Passing accuracy 64% 82%
DISCIPLINE
Fouls 3 1
Yellow Cards 0 1
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 33/1 25/1
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David Weir
Gary Doherty

Two of the Premiership's unsung heroes come face to face on Monday evening, looking to demonstrate their ample talents - in both defence and attack - in front of the Sky cameras for the first time this season. David Weir of Everton has been a highly underrated player for some time, while Gary Doherty of Tottenham is likely to be one of the top flight's most talked-about defenders during the coming campaign.

Weir's contribution to Everton's last campaign was immense, providing not only some much-needed consistency at the back thanks to his high level of fitness, but also a degree of skill and composure that often kept the Toffeemen in the hunt during close matches in the 2000-01 season. His tally of 363 clearances last season helped prove how vital Weir has become to the Merseysiders' cause, and a similar input this term will ensure his place as a fans' favourite.

Doherty is already well on his way to becoming something of a hero at White Hart Lane. Often employed as a front man when selection headaches occur, Irish international Doherty is one of Tottenham's most versatile players, although his primary position is at centre half, where last season his total of clearances - 124 in all - was the third-highest of any Spurs player.

Although his 6' 2" frame often provides a useful weapon in attack, it took Weir until Everton's 32nd league game of the season to open his account. Manchester City were the recipients of the Scot's single strike of the campaign, from his 20 attempts on goal. However, this season Weir will be hoping for more than a single effort - he has already netted his first with the Toffeemen's winner over Charlton on the opening day.

Doherty could not quite match the feat in his side's match with Aston Villa, although an extraordinary drive from just outside the area towards the end of the game did beat Peter Schmeichel, if not the crossbar. Doherty weighed in with three league goals last season, from just 13 attempts, proving that when caught short up front, the Irishman may well be the man to call upon for manager Glenn Hoddle.

Both men will be hoping that their defending does the talking on Monday night, although of course each would snap up the opportunity to get on the scoresheet if it presented itself. It seems likely to be a close match, and a repeat of last season's goalless draw seems a distinctly possible outcome - available at odds of 8/1 with SpursBet.

Chris Green.