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Saints v Spurs Head to Head

Posted on 26 December 2000  - 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).

Minutes on pitch 895 1285
Goals 8 6
Goals/shots ratio 24% 19%
Shots on target 12 14
Shooting accuracy 36% 45%
Goal Assists 2 2
Passing Accuracy 55% 70%
Fouls 29 20
Offside 10 11
Yellow Cards 2 1
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 6/1 11/2
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James Beattie
Sergei Rebrov

Southampton striker James Beattie has been in great form as of late, and potentially represents Southampton's main threat in front of goal when they welcome Tottenham to the Dell.

Beattie has never been known as a prolific goalscorer and, indeed, failed to register a single goal last season. In fact, the 22-year-old only managed to fire seven shots on target during his 18 appearances for the Saints in 1999-2000.

But this time around Beattie has more than made amends for his poor form last term, and such is his confidence that he is currently Southampton's leading marksman.

His opposite number on Boxing Day is Tottenham's £11 million man Sergei Rebrov. The diminutive Ukrainian arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer and Spurs fans knew little about the former Dynamo Kiev man.

But just five months into the Premiership season, Rebrov has become Ukrainian's third best-known export after AC Milan star Andrei Shevchenko and a certain potato-based alcoholic drink.

Rebrov may not have shown the consistency recently displayed by Beattie, but a shooting accuracy of 45% - nine percentage points more than his Saints' counterpart - shows that the Ukrainian international is still a threat.

Tottenham's 5'9" front man has also demonstrated more composure on the ball than Beattie, having passed with far more accuracy than Southampton's in-form striker over the course of the season.

But Beattie has been successful at the Dell and has scored in each of the Saints' last four home games, while Rebrov has only racked up three goals on the road. This fact, combined with Tottenham's appalling away record in 2000-01, may well tip the balance in favour of Southampton and their hitman Beattie.