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Newcastle v Spurs - Head to Head

Posted on 25 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Minutes on pitch 2874 3060
Goals 0 3
Passing 1711 1468
Passing Accuracy 71% 69%
Crossing 80 84
Crossing Accuracy 36% 24%
Tackles 88 90
Tackles Won 50% 49%
Fouls 33 32
Yellow Cards 5 5
Red Cards 1 1
First Goalscorer Odds 50/1 16/1
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Warren Barton v
Stephen Carr

Two of the most consistent right-backs in the top flight come head to head on Saturday when Warren Barton's Newcastle United play host to Tottenham Hotspur and Stephen Carr.

Despite occupying defensive roles for their clubs, both players will undoubtedly contribute to their respective side's attacking play at St James' Park. Last season, Barton made 1711 passes - more than any other Premiership defender - and set up three goals for his team-mates. Clearly, if the Magpies are to defeat Spurs, the former Wimbledon player will have to play a key role.

Over the past few seasons, Carr has developed into one of Spurs' prize assets. He has missed just three Premiership matches in three years and has become a real crowd favourite with his trademark surges down the right flank.

Although the Republic of Ireland international attempted just 1468 passes during the 1999-2000 campaign - 243 fewer than Barton - he still contributed three assists and also scored three goals himself. Carr continued to display his attacking instincts in the new season's opener against Ipswich, earning a penalty and scoring once.

Carr may be worth a flutter at 16/1 to continue his excellent form and open the scoring against the Magpies.

If there is one weakness to the Tottenham right-back's game, it is undoubtedly his tackling. Last term, Carr won just 49% of his tackles and with his tendency to drift forward, he may leave Spurs outnumbered at the back against the Magpies.

By comparison Barton was relatively successful with his challenges, winning 50%. And the former England international is quoted at 5/6 to help his side keep a clean sheet against the Lilywhites.

After their dreadful start to last season, Newcastle will be desperate to win all three points against George Graham's team and start climbing up the Premiership table as early as possible. And as Tottenham have not won any of the last eight meetings between the sides at St James' Park, the omens look good for Barton and Co.

Rupert Webster