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Posted on 2 February 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

Saurday 3rd February, 2001

Charlton Athletic
25 Games 25
ATTACKING
30 Goals scored 34
1.20 Ave goals per game 1.36
43% Shooting Accuracy 52%
11% Goals to shots % 13%
PASSING
9915 Passes 8906
69% Pass completion % 68%
DEFENDING
71% Tackle success rate % 74%
34 Goals conceded 38
1.36 Ave goals conceded per game 1.52
DISCIPLINE
382 Fouls 315
32 Yellow cards 29
2 Red cards 2

Tottenham Hotspur v Charlton Athletic

Tottenham versus Charlton is a tale of high expectations that aren't being met, versus an underdog's success story.

When your bitter, local rivals have Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp leading the line, the signing of Andy Booth must make the Spurs fans just a little envious towards their north London neighbours. Booth managed to get only two goals in the Premiership throughout the whole of last season for Sheffield Wednesday. In fact only 6% of his shots ended up in the back of the net, which is hardly the stuff legends are made of. And although he did make a positive impact on his Tottenham debut, it remains to be seen if he is the short-term answer to Spurs' problems.

Charlton fans, on the other hand, have never had huge pressure-inducing expectations, so this season will have come as a fairly pleasant way to spend the weekends. Their team is in the top half of the table and Alan Curbishley is assembling a good squad of players for a reasonable price.

High fees can be repaid with good performances, although Sergei Rebrov has been somewhat disappointing for his new club, and that is partially the reason that Booth has been brought in. Rebrov has scored seven times but has been hitting the target with a poor 44% of his shots and has looked off the pace at times. Charlton's new striker, Shaun Bartlett, has already scored three times from eight shots and is looking like a handful whenever he plays. Bartlett is currently at odds of 6/1 to open the scoring if that's how you like to spend your money.

As a team, Charlton have hit the target with 52% of their efforts, and only Arsenal can better that. That is a full eleven percentage points higher than Spurs, and with such a poor shooting accuracy it is little wonder that George Graham's men have failed to score in their last three league matches.

But on the flip side, Tottenham have at least strengthened things recently at the back and have kept the opposition at bay in those three matches.

Charlton's collective strength comes from their willingness to work for each other. The south London battlers have won an impressive 74% of their challenges, and this has stood them in very good stead this season.

With Graham's side looking tenacious in recent weeks, the prospect of a midfield maelstrom is very high. Neither side will be willing to budge, and this match looks like being very close indeed.

Matt Pomroy

Matchday Referee: D Elleray

One of the Premiership's most respected referees, David Elleray should bring a composed atmosphere to what is bound to be a hectic London derby. Elleray is yet to lose his cool and send anyone off this season, but has deigned to award three penalties.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
D Elleray 373 3 45 0 39.77

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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King v Jensen

TEAM NEWS
Spurs defender Stephen Carr returns to the squad following a lay-off with a groin problem, as does Mauricio Taricco. Les Ferdinand may also be recalled after a hamstring injury. Dean Kiely misses the clash because of a groin injury picked up during the midweek win over Derby. Mark Kinsella should be available after a knee operation.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Tottenham:
Booth
Doherty
6/1
Rebrov
6/1
McEwan
7/1
Korsten
8/1
Leonhardsen
Anderton
Sherwood
Clemence
King
Carr
Thatcher
Perry
Young
Campbell
Freund
Taricco
Thelwell
No Goalscorer
8/1
Charlton:
Bartlett 6/1
Svensson 7/1
Lisbie 8/1
Pringle 9/1
Stuart 10/1
Jensen 14/1
Kinsella 14/1
Salako 18/1
Newton 20/1
Robinson 20/1
Konchesky 25/1
Todd 25/1
Fish 33/1
Kishishev 33/1
Rufus 40/1
Powell 40/1
Parker 40/1
Brown 50/1
No Goalscorer
8/1
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ODDS
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8/11 Tottenham win 7/2 Charlton win 9/4 Draw
Tottenham Correct
Score
Charlton
6/1 1-0 9/1
13/2 2-0 20/1
7/1 2-1 16/1
11/1 3-0 50/1
11/1 3-1 40/1
25/1 3-2 40/1
33/1 4-0 100/1
28/1 4-1 100/1
50/1 4-2 100/1
80/1 5-0 -
66/1 5-1 -
100/1 6-0 -
100/1 6-1 -
8/1 0-0 8/1
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time
7/4
Tottenham
Tottenham
16/1
Tottenham
Draw
40/1
Tottenham
Charlton
7/2
Draw
Tottenham
7/2
Draw
Draw
8/1
Draw
Charlton
25/1
Charlton
Tottenham
16/1
Charlton
Draw
8/1
Charlton
Charlton
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