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Liverpool v Tottenham Opta Preview

Posted on 21 September 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).

Liverpool
Anfield
Saturday 22nd September, 2001
Tottenham Hotspur
4 Games 6
ATTACKING
7 Goals scored 8
1.75 Ave goals per game 1.33
49% Shooting Accuracy 32%
14% Goals to shots % 10%
PASSING
2012 Passes 2464
80% Pass completion % 75%
DEFENDING
76% Tackle success rate % 73%
7 Goals conceded 7
1.75 Ave goals conceded per game 1.17
DISCIPLINE
64 Fouls 86
7 Yellow cards 10
1 Red cards 2
10,907 Opta Index Score 10,059

Liverpool v Tottenham

Fresh from their second foray into Champions League territory, Liverpool turn their focus to domestic duty once more and a run-in with Tottenham.

The Reds will be hoping that their impressive derby demolition of Everton last weekend provides the perfect springboard from which to launch their so far stuttering season.

Spurs have been equally sporadic this term and the omens are not good as they venture to a ground where they have not recorded a league victory for eight years. But then after recently failing to beat London rivals Chelsea for an astonishing 25th time in a row, the Lilywhites know this is no time to live in the past!.

But at least they are starting to show more menace in attack. Spurs may have scored an average of 1.33 goals per game, however they are currently the least accurate marksmen in the division. Just 32% of their efforts have troubled the 'keeper this term - 18 percentage points lower than Liverpool - and the only person to benefit from this could be Sergei Rebrov.

The Ukraine international has had limited opportunities to shine this season and he is becoming increasingly disgruntled with life on the subs bench according to his agent: "Things are not good and Sergei is not very happy because he is not playing", said Sandor Varga.

If his English is any good then at least the former Dynamo Kiev striker can hold a conversation with fellow hitman Robbie Fowler, who is in a similar position at Liverpool. But then he cannot complain about the form of the men keeping him out of the Anfield spotlight.

Michael Owen and Emile Heskey have both landed at least 60% of their shots on target this season and are beginning to forge a deadly partnership. But then the pair have a reliable midfield pulling the strings behind them and making things happen.

The ageing Gary McAllister has already weighed in with three goal assists this term, while in comparison Spurs' chief creator is Simon Davies who has set up one strike for his colleagues. The mere fact that attack-minded Darren Anderton has attempted more tackles than any of his team-mates is a clear indication that the visitors are in need of more steel.

Gus Poyet launched back into first-team action during midweek, but he may not prove enough to fully turn the tide in this encounter. The odds on Liverpool achieving a 3-2 win are 28/1.

Mark Willis

Match referee: P Jones

Peter Jones may have experienced a low key affair in his opening game of the new season that required just a solitary yellow card, however he will need to be eagle-eyed at Anfield. The two sides have already had three players dismissed between them this year and committed a joint tally of 150 fouls.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
P Jones 34 0 1 0 37.00
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Riise v Poyet
TEAM NEWS

All eyes are again on Darren Anderton’s powers of recovery as we prepare to step into the Anfield cauldron on Saturday.

Midfielder Darren is still treating his inflamed Achilles with care and boss Glenn Hoddle admitted he was a doubt after his efforts at Sunderland on Wednesday.

Les Ferdinand is also a ‘slight doubt’ with a knock sustained at the Stadium of Light.

Big defender Anthony Gardner is back in the squad for the first time since damaging ligaments last May. He’s had a couple of behind-closed-doors friendlies but is not expected to feature.

As long as Les and Darren make it, expect few changes from midweek.

“There is certainly nothing out of the treatment room at the moment,” Glenn pointed out yesterday. “Anthony Gardner will travel with us but realistically, he’ll play a reserve team game first.

“Darren and Les are the slight doubts and I won’t be naming the team until tomorrow."

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard starts a three-game ban received for his red card against Aston Villa two weeks ago.

And with a midweek Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev looming, Gerard Houllier may opt to make more than the one enforced change, with Jari Litmanen, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler all set to figure.

Markus Babbel and Patrik Berger are still out with illness and injury.

MATCH BETTING
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Match Result
Liverpool 8/15
Draw 12/5
Tottenham 5/1
Correct Score
Liverpool 1-0 6/1
Liverpool 2-0 11/2
Liverpool 2-1 7/1
Liverpool 3-0 9/1
Liverpool 3-1 9/1
Liverpool 3-2 28/1
Liverpool 4-0 22/1
Liverpool 4-1 20/1
Liverpool 4-2 40/1
Liverpool 5-0 40/1
Liverpool 5-1 40/1
Liverpool 6-0 100/1
Liverpool 6-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 17/2
Draw 1-1 6/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Tottenham 1-0 11/1
Tottenham 2-0 28/1
Tottenham 2-1 20/1
Tottenham 3-0 80/1
Tottenham 3-1 66/1
Tottenham 3-2 66/1
Tottenham 4-0 100/1
Tottenham 4-1 100/1
Tottenham 4-2 100/1
Double Result
Liverpool/Liverpool 5/4
Liverpool/Draw 16/1
Liverpool/Tottenham 45/1
Draw/Liverpool 7/2
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Tottenham 11/1
Tottenham/Liverpool 28/1
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 11/1
First Goalscorer
M Owen 10/3
E Heskey 4/1
R Fowler 5/1
J Litmanen 6/1
N Barmby 9/1
V Smicer 12/1
D Murphy 12/1
S Gerrard 12/1
G Mcallister 12/1
J A Riise 16/1
D Hamann 16/1
I Biscan 20/1
S Hyypia 33/1
S Wright 50/1
J Carragher 66/1
S Henchoz 66/1
No Goalscorer 17/2
T Sheringham 8/1
L Ferdinand 9/1
S Rebrov 10/1
G Poyet 12/1
O Leonhardsen 16/1
D Anderton 16/1
T Sherwood 20/1
C Ziege 25/1
S Davies 25/1
C Perry 50/1
L King 50/1
S Freund 50/1
M Taricco 66/1
A Thelwell 66/1
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