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Posted on 15 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 Hotspur

White Hart Lane

Tuesday 17th April, 2001

Chelsea
32 Games 31
ATTACKING
38 Goals scored 58
1.19 Ave goals per game 1.87
43% Shooting Accuracy 46%
11% Goals to shots % 15%
PASSING
12509 Passes 14067
69% Pass completion % 76%
DEFENDING
71% Tackle success rate % 73%
41 Goals conceded 38
1.28 Ave goals conceded per game 1.23
DISCIPLINE
478 Fouls 463
41 Yellow cards 55
2 Red cards 2

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Glenn Hoddle has a great belief in spiritual matters, believing that faith can have an impact on performance. These principles will certainly be put to the test when Chelsea visit White Hart Lane on Tuesday night.

The Blues certainly have the Indian sign over their London rivals, having won eight of the last nine encounters with the Lilywhites and not suffering defeat at the hands of Spurs for 23 matches in all competitions.

In fact, the last time Spurs managed a victory was in 1990 and they have to go back a further three years to August 1987 for their last win at White Hart Lane over the west Londoners - the season after Glenn Hoddle left Tottenham for Monaco.

Of course, Hoddle was manager at Chelsea for three seasons between 1993 and 1996 and he contributed to this long unbeaten run. However, Hoddle the manager had the worst record of any Blues gaffer against Spurs during this period of success. He was in charge of Chelsea for six matches and they won only one, drawing the other five.

Hoddle's Spurs were outclassed by Arsenal at Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi-final, but recovered well last week to beat bottom club Bradford City, despite a host of injury problems.

Chelsea, though, are unlikely to be as accommodating as the Bantams and will be hoping for their customary three points from this fixture to keep them in touch with the teams challenging for European spots.

While a top-three finish and Champions League football next season appears unlikely, a UEFA Cup place by finishing in the top six is up for grabs as long as the Blues can keep up their recent good away form. After failing to win on the road all season, Chelsea have posted victories in their last two away games at West Ham and Derby, without conceding a goal. They will be confident of making it a hat-trick given the history of this fixture.

Chelsea's strength has been their ability to retain possession and to use it well in creating and finishing chances. Claudio Ranieri's side have the third-best passing and crossing accuracies and have put away the second-best ratio of chances in the top flight. Only Manchester United have managed to be more efficient and more clinical than the Blues.

Tottenham on the other hand are decidedly mid-table in virtually every category, reflecting their position in the league table. Glenn Hoddle has suggested that qualifying for Europe is not beyond Spurs' reach, but with Sol Campbell out for the rest of the season among many other injuries, the former England boss would have to perform a miracle to achieve this goal.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be looking to add to his tally of goals in his attempt to win the Golden Boot. He has only scored four away from home this season in the Premiership though and Spurs will hope this lack of punch on his travels will mean the Dutchman is unable to bag the first goal of the game at odds 9/2.

Spurs will be looking to Sergei Rebrov (6/1 first scorer) if they are to have any chance of victory. The Ukrainian has struggled to settle in this season, but has shown glimpses of his undoubted talent. He has also done well against London opposition, including a goal in the north London derby before Christmas and a brace against West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-final.

With both clubs having disappointing seasons, the disruption of managerial changes and the success of Arsenal biting deep into the fans' psyche, the result of this fixture will at least provide some bragging rights as the two teams look to put this campaign behind them and move on to the next in the hope that things can only get better.

Rob Bateman

Matchday Referee: G Barber

Ultra-strict official Graham Barber has given out six penalties already this season. Considering he has only taken charge of 13 matches, this is a staggering figure and one that will give Spurs' goal-shy strikers some hope that their side might actually score on Tuesday.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
G Barber 459 6 63 1 51.69

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Rebrov v Hasselbaink

TEAM NEWS
Spurs midfielder Ledley King is doubtful because of the concussion he suffered during the game against Sunderland. Others missing are Sol Campbell, Chris Armstrong, Les Ferdinand, Steffen Freund, Mauricio Taricco and Darren Anderton. Frank Leboeuf and Winston Bogarde are still a couple of days away from returning from groin and knee problems.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Tottenham:
Rebrov 6/1
Doherty 6/1
Korsten 10/1
Davies 14/1
Sherwood 14/1
Leonhardsen 14/1
Clemence 20/1
King 25/1
Carr 25/1
Piercy 25/1
Perry 33/1
Thelwell 50/1
Young 50/1
Gardner 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
Chelsea:
Hasselbaink 9/2
Gudjohnsen 6/1
Zola 6/1
Poyet 10/1
Stanic 11/1
Gronkjaer 12/1
Jokanovic 20/1
Dalla-Bona 20/1
Wise 20/1
Terry 40/1
Babayaro 40/1
Melchiot 40/1
Le Saux 40/1
Harley 40/1
Desailly 40/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
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ODDS
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6/4 Tottenham win
6/4 Chelsea win
11/5 Draw
Tottenham
Correct
Score
Chelsea
1-0
2-0
9/1
2-1
9/1
3-0
3-1
3-2
4-0
4-1
4-2
5-0
5-1
8/1
0-0
8/1
1-1
2-2
3-3
Half-Time/Full Time
Tottenham
Tottenham
Tottenham
Draw
Tottenham
Chelsea
9/2
Draw
Tottenham
7/2
Draw
Draw
9/2
Draw
Chelsea
Chelsea
Tottenham
Chelsea
Draw
Chelsea
Chelsea
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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