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Posted on 23 November 2000  - 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 25th November, 2000

Leicester City
14 Games 14
ATTACKING
19 Goals scored 14
1.36 Ave goals per game 1.00
42% Shooting Accuracy 52%
11% Goals to shots % 12%
PASSING
5609 Passes 5181
71% Pass completion % 71%
DEFENDING
71% Tackle success rate % 71%
21 Goals conceded 8
1.50 Ave goals conceded per game 0.57
DISCIPLINE
212 Fouls 170
22 Yellow cards 20
1 Red cards 0

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

It would seem that there is very little that much-criticised Tottenham boss George Graham can do right at the moment. Despite his team remaining unbeaten at home in the Premiership, the former Arsenal boss has been the centre of the Spurs' travelling contingent's wrath as the Lilywhites have lost six out of seven on the road.

In a repeat of the 1998-99 Worthington Cup final, under-fire Spurs boss George Graham would no doubt settle for a recap of the 1-0 scoreline that won Tottenham their last trophy as Leicester travel south to White Hart Lane for this Premiership clash.

A lot has changed since these two teams met at Wembley - not least the start of the famous stadium's makeover - but expect Leicester to be as resolute as ever, with Peter Taylor's men attempting to curtail the Londoners' unbeaten home record in the league.

Ironically enough, the only match that Spurs have lost in front of their own fans this season was in the Worthington Cup, bowing out 3-0 to first division Birmingham City. It has been this sort of result that has piled pressure on Graham and chairman Alan Sugar, and calls for their heads were still audible on Sunday despite Tottenham beating Liverpool 2-1.

For the Midlanders, Premiership life has been a stroll compared to Tottenham's stumble, and Taylor finds his predominantly English XI up in the giddy heights of third place. At this rate, the Foxes will not even need to win trophies to qualify for Europe!

History dictates that this will be a close contest as just one goal has separated Spurs and Leicester in four out of their last five matches. The Foxes won that game 2-0 at White Hart Lane in 1998-99 - the match directly after the Worthington Cup Final.

All the signs point to a hard-fought encounter on Saturday, given that Tottenham's main weakness is unlikely to be fully exploited by Leicester. Graham's men have conceded 21 goals this season - well down on the Premiership average - but the Foxes have only scored at the modest rate of one goal per game.

It's been a slow start to the careers of Ade Akinbiyi and Trevor Benjamin in Leicester shirts since arriving over the summer, and the Midlanders as a team have fired in fewer efforts on goal (114) than any other Premiership side bar Coventry City.

However, when Leicester do manage to fire in shots on goal, they are actually far more effective than Tottenham. Taylor's youthful outfit have scored with 12% of their total efforts - one percentage point more than Spurs - while they have tested the 'keeper with an excellent 52% and only Charlton, Arsenal and Everton have fared better.

Both sides are fairly well matched in most other areas of the pitch. Spurs and Leicester share identical passing and tackling success rates, which only adds to the general feeling that this should be a close game. With Tottenham unbeaten at home and the Foxes unbeaten in four, a 1-1 draw is available at 11/2 with online bookmakers SpursBET.com.

Phill Othen

Matchday Referee: R Harris

Many would not have been brave enough to move into a refereeing career carrying an identical surname and initial to a certain antipodean cartoonist and sick animal carer, but Rob Harris showed his mettle and has since prospered in the Premiership. In his four matches in charge, Harris has awarded just one penalty, averaged only three yellow cards per game and once delighted Arsenal's Patrick Vieira by whipping up a quick sketch of Wile E Coyote.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
R Harris 119 1 12 1 41.00
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Sherwood v Izzet

MATCH SPECIALS
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Tottenham clean sheet
Leicester clean sheet
A penalty scored
4/1
A penalty missed
A sending off
4/1
Korsten to score
9/4
Sherwood to score
5/2
Anderton to score
7/2
Carr to score
Izzet to score
7/2
Elliot to score
4/1
Guppy to score
5/1
Lennon to score
Rebrov hat-trick
Ferdinand hat-trick
Akinbiyi hat-trick
Eadie hat-trick
No goals
One goal
3/1
Two goals
2/1
Three goals
Four goals
9/2
Five goals
9/1
Six goals or more

TEAM NEWS
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FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Tottenham:
Rebrov
5/1
Ferdinand
5/1
Armstrong
Doherty
7/1
Korsten
8/1
Sherwood
Anderton
Etherington
Clemence
Davies
Carr
Vega
Thelwell
Perry
Freund
King
Thatcher
Young
Taricco
No Goalscorer 13/2
Leicester:
Akinbiyi 6/1
Benjamin 13/2
Eadie 7/1
Gunnlaugsson 7/1
Cresswell 15/2
Izzet 12/1
Elliot 14/1
McKinlay 16/1
Guppy 20/1
Lennon 25/1
Savage 25/1
Taggart 28/1
Impey 33/1
Davidson 33/1
Gilchrist 40/1
Sinclair 50/1
Rowett 50/1
No Goalscorer 13/2
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ODDS
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11/10 Tottenham win 9/4 Leicester win 11/5 Draw
Tottenham
Correct
Score
Leicester
6/1 1-0 8/1
17/2 2-0 12/1
8/1 2-1 11/1
16/1 3-0 33/1
16/1 3-1 28/1
25/1 3-2 28/1
40/1 4-0 -
33/1 4-1 -
50/1 4-2 -
13/2 0-0 13/2
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time
5/2 Tottenham Tottenham
15/1 Tottenham Draw
33/1 Tottenham Leicester
4/1 Draw Tottenham
7/2 Draw Draw
6/1 Draw Leicester
28/1 Leicester Tottenham
15/1 Leicester Draw
5/1 Leicester Leicester
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By Road:

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- Tottenham.doc
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