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Pre-match: Arsenal

Posted on 7 November 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).

David Pleat believes that the pressure of expectation will be tilted more in Arsenal's direction in Saturday's derby.

Arsenal remain top of the Premiership, unbeaten in 11 matches having won four of five at home and go into the game as favourites.

Caretaker boss David said: "It's not a disadvantage to go into any game as apparent underdogs and if you look at any derby over a period of years whether it's Hearts v Hibs, Wednesday v United they haven't always gone massively in favour of home teams.

"The pressure is on the home team, the expectation of the home supporters is to win against the other local team and that can cause some anxiety.

"I'm not saying for one moment Arsenal should be anxious though, they should be confident. They haven't lost this season and have a wonderful record. But we are determined to test them."

We haven't had the best of luck at Highbury in recent seasons - a late penalty consigned us to a 2-1 defeat in 2001-02 while Simon Davies' early red card last season ended it as a contest.

"We've just had a run of six unbeaten games and now we've had a bad defeat. We've now got to go to Arsenal who play in a free-spirited way. It's difficult - do you try and contain the game, try to keep it tight and solid and hope for a break or just try and play? Either way, if you get the wrong result, you won't get any credit."