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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).

Tottenham

White Hart Lane

Saturday 28th April, 2001

Aston Villa
35 Games 35
ATTACKING
42 Goals scored 43
1.20 Ave goals per game 1.23
44% Shooting Accuracy 38%
12% Goals to shots % 12%
PASSING
13523 Passes 14912
69% Pass completion % 72%
DEFENDING
72% Tackle success rate % 71%
49 Goals conceded 38
1.40 Ave goals conceded per game 1.09
DISCIPLINE
526 Fouls 525
45 Yellow cards 56
3 Red cards 2

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Aston Villa travel down to London on Saturday looking to boost their chances of securing an automatic place in next season's UEFA Cup place after this season's failed bid via the much-maligned Inter-Toto competition.

Villa are in a great run of form at present, losing only one out of their last 12 games and believe they can grab sixth spot in the league which should see them rewarded with a European place.

But standing in their way on Saturday is a Tottenham side out to impress new boss Glenn Hoddle in a bid to be part of his plans for the revolution at White Hart Lane. Injury problems have highlighted the need for Hoddle to strengthen his playing staff. In the club's recent trip to Liverpool 11 players in his 16-man squad were aged 23 or under and although they gave a good account of themselves, were unable to prevent a second consecutive defeat.

Paul Merson has claimed that Villa need a striker that can guarantee them 20 goals a season if they are to become part of the Premiership elite and be challenging Manchester United for their title. Dion Dublin and record signing Juan Pablo Angel have failed to deliver a regular supply of goals for the club and as the team's 38% shooting accuracy implies - the worst in the Premiership - it's an area that John Gregory will need to improve next season.

Nevertheless, Villa are better defensively than Spurs, conceding an average of 1.09 goals per match compared to the Londoners' mean of 1.40. Neil Sullivan has been under so much pressure this season, that the Scottish number one has been forced into making the most saves in the Premiership (128). Sullivan's counterpart, David James has made 107 stops this term - the third highest tally in the league.

Vila will be looking to claim their fourth Premiership 'double' of the season after defeating Tottenham 2- 0 back in November. Ian Taylor was the hero that day netting a goal in each half and online bookies www.SpursBet.co.uk offer a reasonable 14/1 punt on the former Sheffield Wednesday man scoring the game's first goal.

Tottenham however will be looking for revenge and after turning a two-goal lead into a 4-2 defeat last season, they will not take anything for granted. Saturday's game should be a fairly exciting and open affair between these two highly ambitious and respected clubs.

Benji Romaner

Matchday Referee: C Wilkes

Clive Wilkes is one of three Premiership officials not to issue a red card this season. But on his recent trips to the capital to Charlton and Chelsea, the Gloucester referee has brandished 14 cautions in two matches. And any histrionics from the likes of David Ginola will simply not be tolerated, even if it is on his old stomping ground.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
C Wilkes 190 2 26 0 39.14

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Leonhardsen v Ginola

TEAM NEWS
Steffen Iversen is in line for a recall after missing the last three matches through concussion but Spurs are likely to rely on the youngsters with several first team regulars out. Aston Villa will be without Alpay due to suspension. Striker Juan Pablo Angel returns to the squad after international duty with Colombia, and David Ginola will be on the bench.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Tottenham:
Korsten
6/1
Ferdinand
6/1
Doherty
6/1
Rebrov
6/1
Iversen
6/1
Ferguson
Leonhardsen
Sherwood
Davies
Clemence
Etherington
Piercy
Carr
Young
Gardner
Thelwell
Hillier
No Goalscorer
8/1
Aston Villa:
Dublin 6/1
Vassell 6/1
Joachim 13/2
Angel 7/1
Merson 8/1
Hendrie 12/1
Taylor 14/1
Ginola 14/1
Stone 20/1
Samuel 25/1
Boateng 25/1
Southgate 33/1
Staunton 33/1
Wright 50/1
Barry 50/1
Delaney 50/1
No Goalscorer
8/1
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ODDS
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5/4 Tottenham win
7/4 Aston Villa win
11/5 Draw
Tottenham
Correct
Score
Aston Villa
6/1
1-0
7/1
2-0
2-1
3-0
3-1
3-2
4-0
4-1
4-2
8/1
0-0
8/1
1-1
2-2
3-3
Half-Time/Full Time
3/1
Tottenham
Tottenham
Tottenham
Draw
Tottenham
Aston Villa
4/1
Draw
Tottenham
7/2
Draw
Draw
5/1
Draw
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Tottenham
Aston Villa
Draw
7/2
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
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By Road:

Download directions to White Hart Lane in Microsoft Word format:

- Tottenham.doc
By Rail:
The Railtrack.com website offers travel information and an easy-to-use journey planner: Railtrack Website