Despite the criticisms levelled at Tottenham manager George Graham predominantly by the fans, it should not be forgotten that the Londoners do possess one of the best home league records in all four divisions, having remained unbeaten at White Hart Lane for 14 games now.
Although Birmingham City did humiliate the Lilywhites in the Worthington Cup this season, one feels that it is a little ironic that the Spurs support continually call for their manager's head when they hold such a proud run in north London.
Certainly their opponents on Saturday, Leeds United, would gladly swap their home record (seven wins, two draws and five losses) for Spurs', although United have been more galvanised on the road - an important factor in Leeds rise up the Premiership table in recent months.
Indeed, Leeds have already won at Tottenham's fierce rivals Arsenal in 2000-01, and behind Manchester United, are the Premiership's deadliest attackers away from Elland Road. David O'Leary's youngsters have scored 16 times on their travels this season, while they have also hit the woodwork on four occasions.
The interest surrounding this clash is further augmented by the fact that Graham left Leeds in 1998 to manage Tottenham. Although the split was far from acrimonious, this contest does bring together O'Leary and his previous mentor once again. Each man will have a similar desire to win, although the rather gentle temperaments of the individuals involved should insure that there are no hard feelings come 4.45pm.
Both sides have selection problems leading up to the game with Leeds without Lucas Radebe through suspension, and Spurs lacking the creativity of the injured pair Darren Anderton and Oyvind Leonhardsen. As it is, the north London outfit hold a mediocre 26% crossing accuracy - albeit one percentage point more than their opponents - and the loss of Anderton and Leonhardsen will not help matters.
In spite of Tottenham's impressive home record, Leeds should be confident of not allowing Spurs to play a possession game. They are one of the better teams in terms of tackling, winning 73% of their challenges, while their London hosts actually possess the worst percentage in the Premiership (70%).
Although just four points separate Spurs and Leeds in the table, it is the latter who currently occupy a European spot, and Tottenham who are in the bottom-half of the Premiership. Online bookmakers surreySPORTS.com are offering 7/1 on a continuation of Leeds' good form with a 1-0 win, for those who cannot resist a flutter.