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Spurs v Bradford - Head to Head

Posted on 9 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).

FREUND McCALL
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 1689 2521
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 0 1
PASSING
Passes 725 1175
Passing Accuracy 76% 70%
DEFENDING
Interceptions 5 10
Clearances 20 59
Tackles 61 115
Tackles Won 70% 64%
DISCIPLINE
Fouls 31 34
Yellow Cards 4 3
Red Cards 0 1
First Goalscorer Odds 40/1 40/1
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Steffen Freund v
Stuart McCall

Opta's head-to-head previewing Tuesday's clash between Spurs and Bradford focuses on two industrious and hard-working midfielders who will drive their team on from their position in the centre of the park.

Both Steffen Freund and Stuart McCall would be the first to agree that they are not the most eye-catching of players in their respective teams. However the pair perform a great deal of work that allows the more entertaining performers such as Sergei Rebrov and Benito Carbone to display their attacking talents.

For example only centre-backs Sol Campbell and Chris Perry have won more than Freund's 43 successful tackles this term, while at Valley Parade McCall has won the most tackles and made the most interceptions (10).

Yorkshire-born McCall is undoubtedly one of the Bantams' favourite sons after beginning his successful career with Bradford in the late 1980s, he returned to his first club after claiming that he had some unfinished business to settle.

In 1988 he was part of Terry Dolan' s team that was just one point away from clinching promotion to the top flight, but his classy displays saw him snapped up by the then high-flying Everton. Nevertheless he fulfilled his early promise 11 years later when he captained the team to promotion in May 1999.

After a spell as caretaker manager this season following the dismissal of Chris Hutchings' many supporters would not have objected to McCall being given the job on a permanent basis. But hopefully he can work in tandem with Jim Jefferies to restore the club to further glory.

Meanwhile the Spurs man will be aiming to impress new boss Glenn Hoddle in his first Premiership match in charge. Despite the former German international boasting a superior passing ratio to McCall, there are rumours that Freund will be one of the first casualties of a major squad reshuffle in the summer.

Like McCall, the ex-Borussia Dortmund grafter is well liked by the majority of Spurs supporters for his endevour and overall commitment to the team. But signed by George Graham, Freund is seen, as a player that lacks a bit of class to help push Spurs back up in contention with the Premiership big-boys.

His inability to score a goal in over 80 appearances for the club is a growing indication of this and just like the way John Jensen's solitary strike was celebrated at Highbury, equally the roof will come off if Freund ever opens his account for the Lilywhites.

That is why bookmakers' www.SpursBet.co.uk offer very generous odds of 40/1 on Freund notching the game's first goal on Tuesday night. But with only a 24% shooting accuracy this term, it would be extremely surprising if Gary Walsh was even troubled by one of Freund's strikes at goal.

And with Bradford not suffering a league defeat against the north Londoners since 1936, McCall will be doing his hardest to preserve that proud record for the Bantams.

Benji Romaner