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Posted on 8 February 2002  - 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 9th February
Leicester City
25 Games 25
35 Goals scored 17
1.40 Ave goals per game 0.68
39% Shooting Accuracy 45%
12% Goals to shots % 8%
11,006 Passes 8,191
75% Pass completion % 70%
71% Tackle success rate % 74%
34 Goals conceded 44
1.36 Ave goals conceded per game 1.76
358 Fouls 430
37 Yellow cards 51
3 Red cards 5
9,591 Opta Index Score 7,009

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

The late goal from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink last weekend could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Leicester City. While it's too early to write them off completely the Foxes are eight points adrift of safety with just 13 games remaining - and even their nearest fellow strugglers Derby County looked revitalised at the weekend, after John Gregory inspired them to a win over City's opponents this Saturday, Tottenham.

Like Leicester, Spurs are on a poor run of form, one that threatens to ruin much of Tottenham's good work in the Premiership. Glenn Hoddle's side at least have the League Cup Final to look forward to but they have lost five of their last eight in the league and picked up just a solitary victory in that time, losing touch with the sides above them.

Still, it's not as bad a run as Leicester's. City are without a win in their last 10 Premiership ties and have won just twice in 17 league matches under Dave Bassett.

Jamie Scowcroft at least provided a chink of light in an otherwise dark and depressing season with two goals against Chelsea last weekend. The former Ipswich hitman has had more shots on target than any other Leicester player this season despite missing large chunks of the season early on, and with four goals now to his name he becomes City's top scorer in the league.

Worryingly for the Foxes though they have failed to score nine out of 13 times on the road this season and have yet to score in London in the 2001-02 Premiership. With Ade Akinbiyi having jumped the sinking ship, Scowcroft will be even more important for the remainder of their campaign.

But they will be encouraged by Tottenham's rocky defensive record at White Hart Lane. Only Arsenal, Bolton and Leicester themselves have shipped more goals at home in the Premiership than Spurs, who have kept just two clean sheets on their own turf in their last 11 fixtures there and have shipped 19 goals in the process.

And Spurs have hardly sparkled in attack - they have scored just six goals in eight Premiership matches. Hoddle's men have converted just 7% of their chances into goals since Boxing Day, which is well shy of their much more acceptable 12% goals-to-shots ratio for the season as a whole.

Opta's evidence over the course of the campaign though would suggest that Tottenham will take all three points from this match. Spurs have scored more than twice as many goals as Leicester and conceded 10 fewer. Hoddle's men have also been far more comfortable on the ball, completing a significantly higher ratio of their passes than Bassett's battlers, and should see plenty of the ball, thus limiting the visitors' chances of creating openings.

However, this could be a difficult match to predict. The last seven meetings between these two sides have seen three Tottenham wins and four for the Foxes - all of these coming in the league. Indeed Leicester seem to save some of their best performances for Spurs, with City winning three and drawing one of their last five matches at the Lane. They may be worth a flutter at 11/2 with for an unexpected away win, especially with Bassett's side likely to be scrapping for their Premiership lives from now on in.

Tim Wheal

Match referee: A. D'Urso

Andy D'Urso has featured prominently in some high-profile matches this season and this is another potentially potent one. D'Urso has shown seven red cards in the league which is the second most of any referee, with Paolo Di Canio and Alan Shearer - the last two recipients - both appealing against the decision. Given the recent history between Leicester and Tottenham then, there could be more red flashes on Saturday.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
A. D'Urso 445 2 61 7 42.25
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With no real injury worries, Glenn Hoddle looks likely to rest captain Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand and Chris Perry. All three players are on four yellow cards for the season and a booking would therefore rule them out of the Worthington Cup final.

The Foxes are without key midfielder Muzzy Izzet who will be serving a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards. But manager Dave Bassett is confident Andrew Impey (knee), Frank Sinclair (hip), James Scowcroft (groin) and Robbie Savage (calf) should all be fit.

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Match Result
2/5 Spurs
3/1 Draw
11/2 Leicester

Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 7/1
Tottenham 2-0 11/2
Tottenham 2-1 7/1
Tottenham 3-0 8/1
Tottenham 3-1 9/1
Tottenham 3-2 33/1
Tottenham 4-0 16/1
Tottenham 4-1 16/1
Tottenham 4-2 40/1
Tottenham 5-0 33/1
Tottenham 5-1 33/1
Tottenham 6-0 66/1
Tottenham 6-1 66/1
Tottenham 7-0 100/1
Tottenham 7-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 9/1
Draw 1-1 7/1
Draw 2-2 20/1
Draw 3-3 66/1
Leicester 1-0 11/1
Leicester 2-0 28/1
Leicester 2-1 20/1
Leicester 3-0 80/1
Leicester 3-1 80/1
Leicester 3-2 66/1
Leicester 4-0 100/1
Leicester 4-1 100/1
Leicester 4-2 100/1

Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 10/1
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Leicester 50/1
Draw/Tottenham 7/2
Draw/Draw 11/2
Draw/Leicester 12/1
Leicester/Tottenham 28/1
Leicester/Draw 16/1
Leicester/Leicester 12/1

First Goalscorer
L Ferdinand 4/1
T Sheringham 4/1
S Iversen 9/2
S Rebrov 5/1
D Anderton 10/1
T Sherwood 12/1
O Leonhardsen 14/1
S Davies 16/1
D Richards 20/1
L King 25/1
M Taricco 33/1
B Thatcher 33/1
C Perry 40/1
A Gardner 50/1
No Goalscorer 9/1
J Scowcroft 8/1
M Piper 9/1
T Benjamin 10/1
M Elliott 20/1
A Rogers 20/1
R Savage 25/1
J Lewis 25/1
C Davidson 33/1
A Impey 33/1
S Oakes 40/1
J Laursen 40/1
F Sinclair 66/1
L Marshall 66/1

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