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Posted on 20 April 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).



Sunday 22nd April, 2001

Tottenham Hotspur
32 Games 34
55 Goals scored 41
1.72 Ave goals per game 1.21
44% Shooting Accuracy 43%
13% Goals to shots % 11%
12712 Passes 13167
71% Pass completion % 69%
74% Tackle success rate % 71%
36 Goals conceded 46
1.13 Ave goals conceded per game 1.35
464 Fouls 510
43 Yellow cards 44
5 Red cards 3

Liverpool v Spurs

Liverpool, have much to play for in the closing weeks of the 2000-01 campaign. On the domestic front alone, they are challenging for the last Champions League berth and have the small matter of an FA Cup final to look forward to as well. The priority however, must be reaching third place in the Premiership, in which case a win over the Lilywhites is a must for Gerard Houllier's side.

In direct contrast to the Reds, Spurs' season is now effectively over, a fact that Glenn Hoddle freely admitted after his side's humbling midweek defeat to Chelsea. Tottenham have been knocked out of the FA Cup, are well out of contention for a UEFA Cup place and have an extensive injury list, which will make Sunday's clash at Liverpool an extremely difficult task.

Chris Perry and Sergei Rebrov both picked up knocks against Chelsea, and they are added to a long list of casualties at White Hart Lane including Sol Campbell, Les Ferdinand, Chris Armstrong, Ben Thatcher, Steffen Freund and Darren Anderton.

This means youngsters such as Alton Thelwell, Gary Doherty and Simon Davies will all be in the starting XI. And an even more inexperienced group, including striker John Piercy and winger Matthew Etherington, may well join them.

However, this is not necessarily bad news for Tottenham fans. King has been fantastic since coming into the side earlier in the season, ironically enough in the 2-1 win over Liverpool. And Davies has also shown why he was chased by some of the country's biggest clubs earlier in his fledgling career. The former Peterborough midfielder has won 83% of his challenges this term - the best ratio at Spurs - and will need to show some more of that steel if Hoddle's men are to get anything from their trip to Anfield.

Although Hoddle may feel that this is a good opportunity for him to blood some young players, there can be no doubt that he would rather be in Houllier's position. The former France boss has a plethora of options in midfield and three England internationals who can play up front.

Of the trio of Emile Heskey, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, it is Owen who has been the most deadly this season, scoring with 20% of his shots - the best proportion at the club. Indeed, the diminutive striker appears well capable of grabbing the opening goal in this game and should be backed at 9/2

No healthy Spurs player can come close to matching Owen in terms of finishing ability. In fact, Tottenham's best goal hope is probably Norwegian international Steffen Iversen - who has found the back of the net with just 7% of his shots - and Hoddle can only hope that the former Rosenborg forward can recover from his recent concussion in time to lead the line against the Reds.

But no matter who Hoddle picks, Liverpool should win this clash. They have home advantage, the lure of Champions League football to motivate them and a much stronger squad available for selection. Tottenham will hope that their youngster's give a performance to point to a brighter future at the Lane, but will be lucky to come away with so much as a point on Sunday.

Rupert Webster

Matchday Referee: B Knight

Barry Knight is no stranger to the Tottenham players, after working as the fourth official in their midweek defeat by Chelsea, this Sunday he plays a more active role in the Glenn Hoddle revolution by reffing their trip to Anfield. Not afraid to brandish a card or two, Knight has awarded a free-kick every 2.82 minutes in his 13 Premiership matches this season

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
B Knight 414 3 49 3 44.77
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McAllister v Sherwood
Les Ferdinand is the only player in the Spurs treatment room with a chance of playing. Steffen Iversen (concussion), Ledley King (possible fractured cheekbone), Chris Perry (gashed knee), Steffen Freund (knee ligament), Sol Campbell (ankle), Darren Anderton (Achilles), Ben Thatcher (hip), Mauricio Taricco (groin) and Chris Armstrong (groin) are missing.
click odds to place bet
Heskey 4/1
Fowler 4/1
Owen 9/2
Smicer 10/1
Biscan 12/1
Murphy 12/1
McAllister 14/1
Gerrard 14/1
Hamann 20/1
Ziege 20/1
Hyypia 25/1
Babbel 33/1
Carragher 50/1
Wright 66/1
Traore 66/1
Vignal 66/1
Henchoz 66/1
No Goalscorer 11/1
Rebrov 8/1
Iversen 8/1
Korsten 12/1
Doherty 12/1
Davies 20/1
Sherwood 20/1
Leonhardsen 20/1
Clemence 25/1
Piercy 25/1
Etherington 25/1
Carr 33/1
Young 50/1
Thelwell 50/1
Perry 50/1
King 66/1
Gardner 66/1
No Goalscorer 11/1
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click odds to place bet
2/5 Liverpool win 11/2 Tottenham win 3/1 Draw
7/1 1-0 11/1
11/2 2-0 28/1
7/1 2-1 20/1
8/1 3-0 80/1
9/1 3-1 80/1
33/1 3-2 66/1
16/1 4-0 100/1
16/1 4-1 100/1
40/1 4-2 100/1
33/1 5-0 -
33/1 5-1 -
66/1 6-0 -
66/1 6-1 -
100/1 7-0 -
100/1 7-1 -
11/1 0-0 11/1
7/1 1-1 7/1
20/1 2-2 20/1
66/1 3-3 66/1
Half-Time/Full Time
10/11 Liverpool Liverpool
16/1 Liverpool Draw
50/1 Liverpool Tottenham
7/2 Draw Liverpool
11/2 Draw Draw
12/1 Draw Tottenham
28/1 Tottenham Liverpool
16/1 Tottenham Draw
12/1 Tottenham Tottenham
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