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Spurs v Bolton - Opta Preview

Posted on 3 December 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 Hotspur
White Hart Lane
Monday 3rd December
Bolton Wanderers
14 Games 14
21 Goals scored 18
1.50 Ave goals per game 1.29
33% Shooting Accuracy 43%
12% Goals to shots % 12%
6,178 Passes 4,121
75% Pass completion % 68%
72% Tackle success rate % 71%
18 Goals conceded 17
1.29 Ave goals conceded per game 1.21
199 Fouls 207
22 Yellow cards 27
2 Red cards 3
9,809 Opta Index Score 7,798

Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers can leapfrog Tottenham in the Premiership table on Monday night with three points against the north Londoners at White Hart Lane.

It may be a tall order for Sam Allardyce’s team when you consider that the Trotters have not won at Spurs for over 42 years. But then Bolton have astounded many critics this season with their football and already have been to Leeds and Arsenal and come away with a share of the spoils as well beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.

And the Sky cameras focusing on this clash have been a good omen for Bolton this season, with their supporters already witnessing wins over Liverpool and Ipswich on the box.

But Tottenham should expect to have the majority of the possession during the contest, with the home side’s 4634 successful passes bettered only by champions Manchester United this season. In contrast, Bolton’s distribution rate of 68% is the worst in the Premiership.

The hard-to-please Spurs supporters are currently delighted with the brand of football their team is playing and would expect their side to take all three points from tonight’s encounter.

Skipper Teddy Sheringham has been in excellent form on his return to White Hart Lane. The 35-year-old England international is a great foil for powerful striker Les Ferdinand and the pair have notched eight goals between them in the Premiership this season. Bookmakers’ surreySPORTS offer 9/2 on Sheringham opening the scoring on Monday night.

But they will have to try and beat one of Bolton’s most impressive players this season, goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. In his first season of top-flight football the Finn has kept four clean sheets and caught an impressive 27 high balls in his 12 appearances. Jaaskelainen was also his side’s penalty shoot-out hero as his save from Chris Marsden’s spot-kick helped the Trotters progress into the last eight of the Worthington Cup.

Also in form against Southampton in the cup was star striker Michael Ricketts who with nine league goals is the highest scoring Englishman in the Premiership. The Spurs defence will need to keep a watchful eye on him if they want to keep their first clean sheet at home since early September.

But Hoddle’s team will settle for the win that would keep them in contention towards the top of the table and in the running for a UEFA Cup spot.

Benji Romaner

Match referee: P. Durkin

Paul Durkin is one of the few Premiership referees this season not to have sent off a single player, although he was criticised for not dismissing Chelsea’s Graeme Le Saux for a reckless challenge on Danny Mills in October.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
P. Durkin 240 2 18 0 37.50
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Spurs could welcome back both Les Ferdinand and Gus Poyet for the visit of Bolton on Monday. Both players missed the Worthington Cup win over Fulham after picking up injuries at West Ham, with Sergei Rebrov and Simon Davies stepping into the starting line-up.

Rebrov and Davies scored the goals at Craven Cottage, but Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle says he will not let that affect his team selection.

Mauricio Taricco, out for the last two games with an ankle injury, is pushing for a recall, while Dean Richards is back after being cup-tied in midweek.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce can select from a fresh pool of players after naming a second string squad for the Worthington Cup win over Southampton.

With Paul Warhurst suspended, only Jussi Jaaskelainen is expected to keep his place from midweek. Gareth Farrelly could return in place of Warhurst, with Allardyce set to recall the side which drew 0-0 with Fulham in the Premiership last weekend.

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Match Result
Tottenham 1/2
Draw 12/5
Bolton 11/2
Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 6/1
Tottenham 2-0 11/2
Tottenham 2-1 7/1
Tottenham 3-0 10/1
Tottenham 3-1 10/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 25/1
Tottenham 4-1 25/1
Tottenham 4-2 50/1
Tottenham 5-0 66/1
Tottenham 5-1 50/1
Tottenham 6-0 100/1
Tottenham 6-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Bolton 1-0 10/1
Bolton 2-0 25/1
Bolton 2-1 18/1
Bolton 3-0 66/1
Bolton 3-1 50/1
Bolton 3-2 50/1
Bolton 4-0 100/1
Bolton 4-1 100/1
Bolton 4-2 100/1
Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 6/4
Tottenham/Draw 15/1
Tottenham/Bolton 45/1
Draw/Tottenham 7/2
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Bolton 10/1
Bolton/Tottenham 25/1
Bolton/Draw 15/1
Bolton/Bolton 10/1
First Goalscorer
L Ferdinand 9/2
T Sheringham 9/2
S Rebrov 6/1
G Poyet 10/1
D Anderton 12/1
O Leonhardsen 12/1
C Ziege 14/1
T Sherwood 16/1
S Davies 20/1
D Richards 25/1
B Thatcher 33/1
G Bunjevcevic 33/1
L King 33/1
M Taricco 40/1
C Perry 40/1
S Freund 40/1
A Thelwell 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
M Ricketts 8/1
R Wallace 9/1
D Holdsworth 9/1
B Hansen 10/1
Nishizawa 12/1
P Frandsen 16/1
R Gardener 16/1
K Nolan 20/1
G Farrelly 20/1
D Diawara 25/1
N Southall 25/1
C Hendry 25/1
J Johnsen 28/1
S Charlton 33/1
G Bergsson 40/1
A Barness 50/1
B N'gotty 50/1
M Whitlow 50/1
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