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Posted on 28 December 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).

Ipswich Town

Portman Road

Saturday 30th December, 2000

Tottenham Hotspur
20 Games 20
ATTACKING
29 Goals scored 26
1.45 Ave goals per game 1.30
47% Shooting Accuracy 42%
12% Goals to shots % 12%
PASSING
8455 Passes 7834
74% Pass completion % 70%
DEFENDING
72% Tackle success rate % 70%
22 Goals conceded 29
1.10 Ave goals conceded per game 1.45
DISCIPLINE
233 Fouls 310
17 Yellow cards 31
0 Red cards 1

Ipswich v Tottenham

Ipswich Town host Tottenham in a high-noon showdown on Saturday looking to avenge their 3-1 opening day defeat at White Hart Lane back in August.

Following that defeat most Premiership pundits were tipping the Blues for the drop claiming George Burley's team were out-of-the-depth. But since then the East Anglian outfit have performed remarkably to hoist themselves into contention for a European slot.

And with Tottenham boasting a dreadful away record, Ipswich will go into this match as firm favourites, especially when you consider the Blues have the tighter defence. England keeper Richard Wright has added to his growing reputation with some fine performances and he is largely responsible for his team conceding only 1.11 goals on average per game. A superior record to that of Neil Sullivan who has conceded a mean of 1.42 goals.

But Wright has been helped by some solid displays by his defenders who have attempted more tackles than the Spurs rearguard, and with a 72% tackle success rate, have also won more challenges than George Graham's team. Nevertheless, Sullivan won many plaudits for his recent performance against Arsenal when he pulled off a string of fine saves to deny the Gunners firing squad, until he was finally beaten by a last-minute Patrick Vieira header.

If you think Sullivan can keep a clean sheet in a rare Spurs away win at 2-0 have one of your last flutters of the year at 12/1.

An area where Ipswich can hurt the visitors is from wide areas, as they boast the best crossing accuracy in the Premiership with 30 % of their deliveries successfully completed. Former Spurs apprentice Jamie Clapham will relish the opportunity to supply the wide balls and the chance to push his claim for an England spot in front of a wide televised audience, as the Sky Sports Cameras make their first Premiership visit to Portman Road this season.

However this game will be tight to call and despite the Blues boasting the superior stats to Spurs, this match could end in a draw, with Tottenham travelling back down the A12 with a rare away point.

Matchday Referee: M Messias

Referee Matt Messias came under a great deal of fire for his recent handling of the Derby v Coventry fixture in which Gordon Strachan was none too pleased with his performance. But to be fair to the York-based official that was his first ever Premiership match and he should be in for an easier afternoon between one of the cleanest teams in the Premiership, Ipswich and a Spurs outfit that only concedes a foul on average every six minutes per game.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
M Messias 29 0 4 0 41.00

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Bramble v Campbell

TEAM NEWS
Richard Naylor isn't due back until January 20 because of a broken leg. Wayne Brown (groin) and Jim Magilton (knee) are still a couple of days from returning to training. A groin strain means Stephen Carr misses out for Spurs while Ben Thatcher (knee) and Luke Young (foot) are set to return to training on January 1.
MATCH SPECIALS
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Scowcroft to score
A Armstrong to score
2/1
Holland to score
4/1
Magilton to score
9/2
Wright to score
9/2
Clapham to score
Venus to score
Wilnis to score
7/1
Ferdinand to score
7/4
Rebrov to score
2/1
C Armstrong to score
9/4
Sherwood to score
Anderton to score
7/2
Korsten to score
7/2
Clemence to score
4/1
Carr to score
Stewart hat-trick
Johnson hat-trick
A Armstrong hat-trick
Scowcroft hat-trick
Ferdinand hat-trick
Rebrov hat-trick
Iversen hat-trick
C Armstrong hat-trick
Ipswich to receive first booking
Evs
Tottenham to receive first booking
No Bookings
A penalty scored
9/2
A penalty missed
A sending off
9/2
Wright to be booked
7/4
Scowcroft scores a header
9/2
Holland scores from outside the box
Venus scores a free-kick
Sherwood to be booked
Ferdinand scores a header
9/2
Rebrov scores from outside the box
Anderton scores a free-kick
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Ipswich:
Stewart 5/1
Scowcroft 6/1
Johnson 13/2
Armstrong 13/2
Reuser 12/1
Magilton 16/1
Holland 16/1
Wright 20/1
Clapham 25/1
Hreidarsson 25/1
Bramble 33/1
Wilnis 40/1
Croft 40/1
Venus 50/1
McGreal
No Goalscorer
8/1
Tottenham:
Ferdinand
Rebrov
7/1
Iversen
7/1
Armstrong
Doherty
Sherwood
Korsten
Anderton
Clemence
Carr
Freund
Campbell
King
Thelwell
Young 50/1
Perry 50/1
Thatcher 50/1
No Goalscorer
8/1
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ODDS
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11/10 Ipswich win 11/5 Tottenham win 11/5 Draw
Ipswich Correct
Score
Tottenham
6/1 1-0 8/1
8/1 2-0 12/1
7/1 2-1 11/1
16/1 3-0 33/1
16/1 3-1 25/1
25/1 3-2 28/1
40/1 4-0 100/1
33/1 4-1 80/1
50/1 4-2 100/1
100/1 5-0 100/1
100/1 5-1 -
8/1 0-0 8/1
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time Double Result
5/2 Ipswich Ipswich
15/1 Ipswich Draw
33/1 Ipswich Tottenham
4/1 Draw Ipswich
7/2 Draw Draw
6/1 Draw Tottenham
28/1 Tottenham Ipswich
15/1 Tottenham Draw
9/2 Tottenham Tottenham
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