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Posted on 29 August 2003  - 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).

Following the international break, Tottenham travel to their Premiership bogey ground this weekend in search of their first Premiership victory on Chelsea soil.

Spurs have enjoyed a miserable recent history against the west Londoners, with the 5-1 Worthington Cup victory at White Hart Lane in 2002 proving to be their only success in the past 31 meetings between the teams.

Tottenham’s last win at Stamford Bridge came with a 2-1 success back in February 1990 and since then they have lost nine and drawn four of their league games in SW6. A win for Chelsea on Saturday will mean they have taken more points off Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in the Premiership than against any other side. Overall, the Pensioners have taken 48 points off Spurs in the Premiership compared to just nine heading in the other direction.

If Spurs are to reverse this trend they will have to be the first side to beat Chelsea since this summer’s Russian revolution and also become only the second side to win a Premiership game at Stamford Bridge in 2003.

Glenn Hoddle’s men only have two wins themselves on their travels in 2003 - at West Brom and Aston Villa — and after the shock 3-0 home defeat to Fulham in their last Premiership outing, they will be keen to cause an upset of their own over Chelsea’s newly acquired star-studded squad.

HEAD TO HEAD

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ChelseaTottenham Hotspur
Games played34
Goal Attempts
Goals62
Goals-per-game2.000.50
Shots4255
Shooting accuracy %43%25%
Goals-to-shots %12%4%
Distribution
Short passes968880
Long passes363481
Pass completion %79%76%
Crossing
Crosses5993
Cross completion %31%25%
Defending
Goals conceded45
Goals conceded-per-game1.331.25
Tackles65128
Tackles won %75%73%
Discipline
Fouls4187
Yellow cards211
Red cards10

JOHNSON v CARR

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PlayerGlen JohnsonStephen Carr
Minutes On Pitch163360
Goal Attempts
Goals00
Shots On Target00
Shots Off Target14
Passing
Total Passes75142
Pass Completion %71%75%
Crossing
Total Crosses141
Cross Completion %100%37%
Defending
Tackles Made39
Tackles Won %100%56%
Blocks01
Clearances53
Interceptions12
Discipline
Fouls28
Yellow Cards02
Red Cards00