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Fulham v Spurs - OPTA Preview

Posted on 22 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).

Fulham
Craven Cottage
Sunday 24th March
Tottenham Hotspur
30 Games 30
ATTACKING
30 Goals scored 39
1.00 Ave goals per game 1.30
41% Shooting Accuracy 37%
9% Goals to shots % 11%
PASSING
13,606 Passes 13,244
77% Pass completion % 75%
DEFENDING
74% Tackle success rate % 73%
36 Goals conceded 45
1.20 Ave goals conceded per game 1.50
DISCIPLINE
438 Fouls 408
44 Yellow cards 44
2 Red cards 5
9,760 Opta Index Score 9,471

Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur

With mid-table looking like the final resting places for these two teams at the end of the season you would be forgiven for thinking that this game is of low importance in the great scheme of things. Wrong - both sides have a lot to do between now and the end of the campaign.

Tottenham have lost their last four games with an aggregate scored of 13-0 and will be looking to get back on track against Fulham. The Cottagers themselves have impressed this season without really threatening the top end of the table and the work that is done between now and the end of the season will be the foundation of next year.

It is clear that Fulham have the playing and financial power to remain in the top flight for some time and only Liverpool have attempted more than the 910 tackles that Fulham have got stuck into this season. Manager Jean Tigana clearly believes in hard work as the basis of their style of play and that could mean a few problems for Tottenham.

Once in possession, the Cottagers have completed 77% of their passes which makes them the third-most accurate passing team in the top flight and means that they have found a team-mate with two percentage points more of their passes than Spurs.

If Tottenham are going to avoid yet another defeat, they are going to have to fire off shots with a greater degree of accuracy. Under the management of Glenn Hoddle this season they have tried to play like Holland but have been shooting like they are wearing clogs. Just 37% of their efforts have hit the target making Spurs the most inaccurate side in that respect in the Premiership.

One player who might be able to help them in front of goal is Daren Anderton. Fully fit, Anderton is a superb player and this season he has swung in 65 accurate crosses - the fifth most in the Premiership. On the other side, one player that Tottenham will have to mark closely is Steed Malbranque. The Frenchman has put in just one accurate cross fewer than Anderton and one of these two stars could well have the final say in this match.

Matt Pomroy

Match referee: P. Durkin

Paul Durkin has averaged three cards-per-game this season in the Premiership making him one of the more lenient referees about. Although it should be noted that he is not afraid to show cards when needed - he booked eight and sent one player off in the Switzerland v Slovenia World Cup qualifier last October.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
P. Durkin 436 5 39 3 39.07
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Match Result
Fulham 5/4
Draw 12/5
Tottenham 13/8

Correct Score
Fulham 1-0 6/1
Fulham 2-0 10/1
Fulham 2-1 15/2
Fulham 3-0 18/1
Fulham 3-1 18/1
Fulham 3-2 25/1
Fulham 4-0 50/1
Fulham 4-1 40/1
Fulham 4-2 66/1
Fulham 5-0 100/1
Fulham 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 6/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Tottenham 1-0 13/2
Tottenham 2-0 11/1
Tottenham 2-1 9/1
Tottenham 3-0 25/1
Tottenham 3-1 20/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 80/1
Tottenham 4-1 66/1
Tottenham 4-2 66/1
Tottenham 5-0 100/1
Tottenham 5-1 100/1

Double Result
Fulham/Fulham 3/1
Fulham/Draw 16/1
Fulham/Tottenham 28/1
Draw/Fulham 4/1
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Tottenham 5/1
Tottenham/Fulham 28/1
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 7/2

First Goalscorer
S Marlet 5/1
L Saha 11/2
B Hayles 6/1
A Stolcers 10/1
L Boa-Morte 10/1
S Malbranque 11/1
J Collins 16/1
S Davis 20/1
B Goldbaek 20/1
S Legwinski 20/1
S Finnan 33/1
Z Knight 33/1
J Harley 33/1
A Goma 40/1
A Ouadou 40/1
R Brevett 40/1
A Melville 66/1
No Scorer 8/1
T Sheringham 6/1
L Ferdinand 6/1
S Iversen 7/1
S Rebrov 15/2
G Poyet 9/1
D Anderton 16/1
C Ziege 16/1
M Etherington 20/1
T Sherwood 20/1
O Leonhardsen 20/1
S Davies 20/1
S Clemence 25/1
D Richards 33/1
C Perry 40/1
L King 40/1
B Thatcher 40/1
A Thelwell 50/1
A Gardner 50/1

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