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Spurs v Aston Villa Head to Head

Posted on 27 April 2001  - 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).

LEONHARDSEN GINOLA
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 1633 1227
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 3 3
Shots on Target 10 11
Shooting Accuracy 42% 52%
PASSING
Goal Assists 4 4
Passing Accuracy 71% 74%
Crossing Accuracy 31% 20%
DRIBBLING
Dribbles & Runs 31 157
Dribble Completion 71% 62%
DISCIPLINE
Yellow Cards 0 6
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 14/1 14/1
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Oyvind Leonhardsen v
David Ginola

David Ginola will no doubt be looking forward to venturing back to White Hart Lane on Saturday and can expect to receive a rapturous reception at the ground where he achieved hero status in his three seasons with the club.

Ginola produced many exceptional performances for Tottenham and his amazing skill and poise often had fans on the edge of their seats. His ability to go past defenders with consummate ease, using either foot, or play an incisive through ball were just some of the many outstanding features of his game.

Many Spurs fans were understandably disappointed at the club's decision to offload Ginola to Aston Villa in the summer and claim the club's lack of playmakers has seen the strikers suffer a lack of service from the flanks.

While Oyvind Leonhardsen may not have the same charismatic flair as Ginola, his crossing this season has been more accurate and 31% of his wide balls have found a white shirt. In contrast just a fifth of Ginola's deliveries have found their intended target.

But both players have set up their team-mates with an equal number of assists this term and four apiece indicates their ability to pick out a better-placed colleague.

Leonhardsen should be in a confident frame of mind after scoring two goals in a minute to give the beleaguered Norwegian national team a welcome 2-1 victory over Bulgaria in midweek. And being in such a goalscoring mood, it might be worth placing a few quid on the ex-Liverpool star grabbing the game's first goal at 14/1 with champion bookmakers www.SpursBet.co.uk.

Meanwhile Ginola has scored for the Villans in two recent games against London opposition - West Ham and Charlton respectively - and would love to prove his worth to the Midlanders after so far failing to make the same impact at Villa Park, that he enjoyed at Spurs.

His dribble completion rate of 62% is inferior to Leonhardsen's own ratio, but then the Frenchman has attempted more than 120 runs into opposing territory and can often be a more frightful sight for defenders when he is running at them than the Tottenham man.

But in terms of temperament the Scandinavian is better at keeping his cool, having not been booked at all at this season, while Ginola has received six cautions. If they keep their heads then both players are sure to play are a key role in Saturday's proceedings and www.SpursBet.co.uk offer 80/1 on Villa repeating last season's 4-2 win.

Benji Romaner