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Posted on 23 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

Saturday 24th February, 2001

Leeds United
27 Games 27
ATTACKING
31 Goals scored 39
1.15 Ave goals per game 1.44
42% Shooting Accuracy 44%
11% Goals to shots % 12%
PASSING
10704 Passes 10486
69% Pass completion % 69%
DEFENDING
70% Tackle success rate % 73%
34 Goals conceded 35
1.26 Ave goals conceded per game 1.30
DISCIPLINE
409 Fouls 449
34 Yellow cards 48
2 Red cards 1

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United

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.

PO

Matchday Referee: J Winter

"No jokes about seasons or the weather this time, just the straight facts about Saturday's official Mr Jeff Winter" was the request from the Opta top-dogs, and who am I to deny them? Winter has buckled by showing a card every 7.48 fouls, and yet is one of the Premiership's most lenient referees - indeed, only Steve Bennett is ranked lower.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
J Winter 359 2 44 2 33.93

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Campbell v Ferdinand

TEAM NEWS
Steffen Iversen is back in the squad for the first time in over four months for Saturday's Premiership clash against Leeds United.

It was believed that the Norwegian striker would miss out because of a throat infection but he has been named in an 18-man squad for the game at the Lane.

Iversen last featured in first team action in the defeat at Coventry City in October.

Since then he has undergone knee surgery twice, the first in November to repair cartilage damage, the second in January to remove painful cysts.

His rehabilitation has been slow but sure and he finally returned to action for the reserves 10 days ago.

He hoped to play some part against Stockport last weekend only for the virus to rule him out at the back end of last week. But he was back at Spurs Lodge this week and now in the frame for Saturday.

Meanwhile, the other seven players on the missing list remain absent for Saturday's fixture with Stephen Carr, Chris Armstrong, Mauricio Taricco, Ben Thatcher (all groin/abdomen), Oyvind Leonhardsen (ankle), Darren Anderton (Achilles) and Dave McEwen (ankle) all out.

Squad: Sullivan, Walker, Young, Doherty, Thelwell, Gardner, Campbell, King, Clemence, Sherwood, Freund, Davies, Korsten, McEwen, Ferdinand, Rebrov, Booth, Iversen.

FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Tottenham:
Rebrov 11/2
Ferdinand 6/1
Doherty 8/1
Korsten 10/1
Sherwood 14/1
Davies 16/1
Clemence 20/1
Etherington 20/1
King 25/1
Freund 40/1
Young 40/1
Campbell 40/1
Thelwell 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
Leeds:
Keane 5/1
Viduka 5/1
Kewell 7/1
Bowyer 9/1
Harte 14/1
Matteo 14/1
Dacourt 14/1
Bakke 16/1
Wilcox 20/1
McMaster 20/1
Mills 40/1
Burns 40/1
Ferdinand 50/1
Hay 50/1
Woodgate 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
For all these bets + goalcasts go now to <script language="SERVERASP"></SCRIPT></A></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE border=0 cellPadding=1 cellSpacing=1 width="100%"><TBODY><TR align=middle><TD class=bethead colSpan=3><DIV align=center>ODDS<BR><FONT size=1>click odds to place bet</FONT></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle class=betsection><TD class=betsection width="33%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>5/4</A> Tottenham win</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="34%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>7/4</A> Leeds win</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="33%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>11/5</A> Draw</DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE border=0 cellPadding=1 cellSpacing=1 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top width="50%"><TABLE border=0 cellPadding=1 cellSpacing=0 class=betsection width="100%"><TBODY><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=bethead><DIV align=center>Tottenham</DIV></TD><TD class=bethead><DIV align=center>Correct<BR>Score</DIV></TD><TD class=bethead><DIV align=center>Leeds</DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE border=0 cellPadding=1 cellSpacing=0 class=betsection width="100%"><TBODY><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>6/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>1-0</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>7/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>10/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>2-0</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>12/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>15/2</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>2-1</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>10/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>18/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>3-0</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>28/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>18/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>3-1</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>22/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>25/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>3-2</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>28/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>50/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>4-0</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>80/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>40/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>4-1</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>80/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>66/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>4-2</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>80/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>100/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>5-0</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>100/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>100/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>5-1</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>100/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection height=22 width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>8/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection height=22 width="20%"><DIV align=center>0-0</DIV></TD><TD height=22 width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>8/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>11/2</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>1-1</DIV></TD><TD width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>11/2</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>14/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>2-2</DIV></TD><TD width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>14/1</A></DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>50/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="20%"><DIV align=center>3-3</DIV></TD><TD width="40%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>50/1</A></DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD><TD vAlign=top width="50%"><TABLE border=0 cellPadding=1 cellSpacing=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR align=middle class=bethead vAlign=top><TD class=bethead colSpan=3><DIV align=center>Half-Time/Full Time</DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE border=0 cellPadding=1 cellSpacing=0 class=betsection width="100%"><TBODY><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>3/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Tottenham</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Tottenham</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>15/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Tottenham</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Draw</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>33/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Tottenham</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Leeds</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>4/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Draw</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Tottenham</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>7/2</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Draw</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Draw</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection height=15 width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>5/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection height=15 width="41%"><DIV align=center>Draw</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection height=15 width="41%"><DIV align=center>Leeds</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>28/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Leeds</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Tottenham</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>15/1</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Leeds</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Draw</DIV></TD></TR><TR align=middle vAlign=top><TD class=betsection width="18%"><DIV align=center><A href="https://www.surreysports.com/cbet?action=enter&aff=23&club=THFC&type=204&event=18601" target=_new>7/2</A></DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Leeds</DIV></TD><TD class=betsection width="41%"><DIV align=center>Leeds</DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE border=0 cellPadding=1 cellSpacing=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR align=middle 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