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Posted on 29 November 2002  - 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).

BIRMINGHAM V TOTTENHAM


Birmingham City

Tottenham Hotspur

St Andrews

15
Games Played
18
15
Goals Scored
19
1.00
Goals per game
1.06
41%
Shooting Accuracy %
38%
10%
Goals/Shots %
12%
5375
Passes
5469
72%
Pass Completion %
73%
72%
Tackles Won %
70%
18
Goals Conceded
21
1.20
Goals Conceded per game
1.17
223
Fouls
214
31
Yellow Cards
27
1
Red Cards

This weekend's trip to the Midlands poses a real test of Tottenham's resolve. Having beaten Leeds at White Hart Lane last Sunday, Glenn Hoddle's side must now attempt to achieve back-to-back home and away wins for only the second time this season.

Spurs' previous three home victories were followed swiftly by defeats at Fulham, Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. It could be argued that the north Londoners deserved to get a point from the latter fixtures after two spirited performances, however, they have suffered further bouts of travel sickness in recent weeks.

Midfielder Gus Poyet admitted that the team's form on the road has been a talking point, stating: "We spoke about that and we want to change the way we have played in the last two or three games away from home. We want to do it as soon as possible and we have a great chance on Saturday." Indeed they do.

Although the two teams are fairly evenly matched, Spurs have proven more prolific in front of goal and have completed a greater percentage of their passes over the halfway line. With creativity seemingly rife throughout the side, it's no surprise to see that five different players have been credited with at least two goal assists.

What lets the visitors down is their ball-winning ability. Tottenham's tackle success rate is currently below the divisional average and that may account for the fact that they have leaked an average of 1.5 goals per game.

Birmingham have also experienced problems with keeping their opponents at bay and have managed to maintain just three shut outs in the Premiership - only Bolton have kept fewer. However, two of those clean sheets were achieved at St Andrew's and following a 1-0 victory at Sunderland last week, it has now been almost four hours since Steve Bruce's side shipped a league goal. Could stability be creeping in?

The two sides have only met twice since 1986 so there's little in the way of recent history to swing a prediction one way or another. Just four points separate the duo in the table and that may still be the case at 5.00pm on Saturday.

Match Betting : Birmingham 6/4 Draw 11/5 Tottenham 6/4
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