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Posted on 5 January 2004  - 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).

OPTA PREVIEW: Tottenham Hotspur v Birmingham City

Birmingham City travel to play their first game in London this season and will have to make club history to return north with three points. The Blues have yet to register a Premiership victory in January and have also yet to win a Premiership game played on a Wednesday.

Tottenham will be well aware that they need to start this game well as during the first halves in the last seven games they have scored just once. Coupled with the fact that whenever Birmingham City have been leading a Premiership game at half time they have gone on to win every time, David Pleat will not be wanting to be behind when giving his half-time team talk.

This fixture also sees a return for Tottenham old boy, Stephen Clemence. The former Tottenham man returns as the only ever present Blues player this season.

The current form of both sides suggests that a draw is unlikely as Tottenham have not finished level for nine games and Birmingham have not drawn for six matches. Tottenham won fewer points (36 from 36 games) than any other side that started and finished 2003 in the Premiership and will be looking to the New Year to regroup and begin an ascent up the Premiership ladder.

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Tottenham HotspurBirmingham City
Games played1918
Goal Attempts
Goals1916
Goals-per-game1.000.89
Shots189140
Shooting accuracy %39%42%
Goals-to-shots %10%11%
Distribution
Short passes4,4083,895
Long passes2,1202,117
Pass completion %74%69%
Crossing
Crosses461391
Cross completion %24%25%
Defending
Goals conceded2920
Goals conceded-per-game1.531.11
Tackles545520
Tackles won %71%70%
Discipline
Fouls318288
Yellow cards4324
Red cards03