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Posted on 17 December 2004  - 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).

Chris Hughton takes his regular look at our forthcoming opponents - next up, Southampton in the Barclays Premiership on Saturday afternoon...


HARRY REDKNAPP'S normal set-up in his time at Portsmouth was at times a diamond in midfield with occasionally three at the back. It will be interesting to see his philosophy at Southampton because I wouldn't have thought he'd want to change too much. They are a side who have played a 4-4-2 system all season and I'd expect them to be the same.


The only area he might change is where Rory Delap is out through suspension and what he decides to do in that area but I'd expect four in midfield. When Paul Sturrock was there they tried to get the ball forward a little earlier with Delap going and joining in but the way Harry likes to play is a passing game. As a manager, he'll pick the appropriate tactics for each game and take into consideration the players he's got.


Up front they've got quality players. Kevin Phillips was often linked with a move here and two or three years ago, he was as good as anyone around. As an out and out finisher, he's fantastic. The combination has been good with him and James Beattie but if Peter Crouch plays, Phillips will look to get onto the knockdowns.


Crouchy's improved over the years. There was always a train of thought when he was younger, especially when he was here, that for his size he didn't really punch his weight in the air. That is often the case for players so tall because in their early years they don't have to jump too high to win headers.


But he was always good on the floor and people have started to appreciate him more as he's made progress. He did very well at QPR, then Portsmouth and perhaps not so well at Villa but he's a player capable of scoring goals.


Beattie's a very good player in the type of an old-fashioned British number nine. I imagine he's a player who must be a pleasure to play alongside and he's certainly done well against us in recent years.