OPTA PREVIEW: Blackburn v Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham travel to Ewood Park on Saturday to meet Graeme Souness’ Blackburn in a repeat of the 2002 Worthington Cup final.
Both sides have identical records against each other in the Premiership having met on 18 previous occasions. Each side has won four times at home and away and there has been a draw at each ground. As well as this, there is nothing to split the sides goalscoring wise with each team having scored 23 times in the 18 Premiership meetings.
Ewood Park ranks as one of Tottenham’s most favourite grounds in the Premiership and should they win there again on Saturday, it would mean that they have had more successes at Blackburn than at any other ground.
Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa was a welcome boost after three games without a win in the Premiership and perhaps the most promising news is the return to goalscoring form of Robbie Keane. The Irishman has struggled to be as prolific as he was last season, but after a brace for his country in the week he added to his Premiership account with Sunday’s winner.
Blackburn meanwhile are suffering from a dreadful run of form, which has seen them win just once in their last seven games. That win came in their last home game against Everton and after a battling performance at Old Trafford last Saturday, confidence should be returning to Souness’ side.
STATS: Blackburn v Spurs
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|Blackburn Rovers||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Shooting accuracy %||45%||34%|
|Pass completion %||73%||74%|
|Cross completion %||24%||24%|
|Tackles won %||72%||70%|