OPTA PREVIEW: Bolton v Tottenham Hotspur
Twelfth meets thirteenth as Bolton Wanderers meet Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs knowing a victory would take them above their hosts in the league table.
A win for Bolton would take their points total to 44 and equal their best ever Premiership haul, matching last season’s total with four games to spare. Sam Alladyce’s team has not been shy in front of goal this season, with only Liverpool (454) having more attempts on goal than the Trotters (424). However, Bolton have the lowest chance conversion rate in the Premiership finding the net with just 8% of their attempts. Most notably Jay-Jay Okocha has hit 77 shots without scoring a goal, the highest total of any goal-less Premiership player. In comparison, Robbie Keane has had the highest number of shots for Spurs and scored with 12 of his 56 attempts.
Bolton play a very direct style and no side in the Premiership has hit a higher percentage of their passes over 25 yards. The majority of the 36% of Bolton’s passes that exceeded 25 yards have been aimed at striker Kevin Daves. The summer Bosman signing has made more flick-ons (255) than any other Premiership striker and has rewarded his manager’s faith in him with eight goals and eight assists.
Such directness should ensure that Tottenham’s centre halves continue their busy season. Only Manchester City (1248) have made more clearances than Spurs (1242) this season, with Anthony Gardner making more than any of his team-mates with 252. Dean Richards is just behind on 248, who has someway to go to match last season’s total of 333.
Kevin Davies is one of three Bolton players that have played in every Premeirship match this season, which is more than any other team. Jussi Jaaskelainen and Ivan Campo complete the trio that have played in all 33 league games this term. Kasey Keller is the solitary ever present for Tottenham.
So far this season 15 different players have scored goals for Tottenham in the Premeirship. Only Blackburn Rovers (18) have had more than Spurs. This contrasts with the Trotters who have only had nine different goalscorers this season, which is the lowest number in this season’s competition.
The last two meeting between these sides finished in 1-0 wins for Bolton. Tottenham will be desperate to break that trend, thus ending their run of five games without an away win. If Bolton’s wayward shooting continues then David Pleat’s men have a great chance to leave the Reebok Stadium with three points this Saturday.
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|Team||Bolton Wanderers||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Ave Goals per game||1.15||1.27|
|Shots (excl blocked shots)||424||352|
|% Shots on Target||40%||44%|
|% Goals to Shots||8%||12%|
|Overall Pass Completion %||69%||73%|
|Ave goals conceded per game||1.55||1.58|
|Tackles Won %||72%||70%|
|Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions||1403||1635|