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Spurs v Ipswich - Head-to-Head

Posted on 20 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).

Simon Davies Finidi George
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 733 723
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 2 3
Shots On Target 3 14
Shooting Accuracy 60% 67%
PASSING
Goal Assists 2 0
Passing Accuracy % 73% 73%
Crossing Accuracy % 26% 23%
DRIBBLING
Dribbles and Runs 56 32
Dribble Completion % 55% 75%
DISCIPLINE
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
OPTA INDEX SCORE 740 1,163
First Goalscorer Odds 16/1 14/1
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Simon Davies
Finidi George

While it has been Tottenham's older generation who have received the majority of the newspaper column inches, manager Glenn Hoddle has not totally eschewed the club's next generation. Gary Doherty is only out through injury, Matthew Etherington is gaining valuable experience on loan at Bradford, and most impressively of all, Simon Davies is now a major force in the first team.

Playing with the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Gustavo Poyet, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege has undoubtedly helped the young Welshman's progress immensely. On Saturday, Davies will have the chance to see another ageing but brilliant international at close hand, when Finidi George of Ipswich comes to White Hart Lane.

Nigerian wide man Finidi made a name for himself in the early 90's in the Ajax side who won the European Cup and numerous domestic titles. He then went to Spain and enjoyed great success with both Real Betis and Real Mallorca, before making the surprising decision to move to East Anglia and Portman Road.

It has not been the happiest of moves so far. Ipswich are bottom of the Premiership, and Finidi has struggled with injuries for much of the campaign. However, the 30-year-old's individual performances have attracted plenty of praise and now that he is nearing full match fitness, Town may well pick up points with more regularity and start climbing the table.

Finidi's finishing has been particularly impressive. He has hit the target with 67% of his shots in 2001-02 and scored three goals - a tally that, incredibly, makes him his club's second highest scorer.

Davies has also been in fine goalscoring form of late. He netted in the Worthington Cup quarter-final win over Fulham in November and has since scored in his last two Premiership outings. Overall his shooting accuracy of 60% is not as good as Finidi's, but on current form the Spurs midfielder may well be a profitable bet at 16/1 to score Saturday's opening goal.

Many pundits are saying that this season, Tottenham have played the best football seen at White Hart Lane in many years, and Davies has certainly played a big part in that. However, despite Ipswich's precarious position at the bottom of the division, they are unlikely to be pushovers and have drawn every other match on their Premiership travels this season. With Finidi back to inspire them, Town should sneak something from this clash - they are rated at 11/4 with surreySPORTS to pick up a valuable point.

Rupert Webster