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Posted on 26 April 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 27th April
36 Games 35
47 Goals scored 58
1.31 Ave goals per game 1.66
39% Shooting Accuracy 49%
11% Goals to shots % 15%
15,481 Passes 14,801
74% Pass completion % 75%
73% Tackle success rate % 74%
51 Goals conceded 26
1.42 Ave goals conceded per game 0.74
498 Fouls 439
58 Yellow cards 39
5 Red cards 3
9,450 Opta Index Score 10,410

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Liverpool's recent record at Tottenham is pretty erratic, having lost there on their last three visits and not having won at White Hart Lane since 1997. So what can the stats tell us ahead of this encounter?

The most significant stat is that of the two respective teams' shooting ability. Only Arsenal can better Liverpool's shooting accuracy of 49%, while conversely no team have been more inaccurate with their efforts on goal than Tottenham. With just 39% of their shots hitting the opponent's goal it is clear to see why they have struggled to impose themselves on this season's title race.

Steffen Iversen and Teddy Sheringham have at least started to turn the tide though. They have notched seven goals between them in the last six Spurs Premiership matches, representing 88% of all Tottenham strikes over that period. Moreover, the goals came at the rate at roughly one every fourth shot between them, which is clearly a step in the right direction.

When it comes to hitting the target with shots, Michael Owen is not surprisingly the most prolific at Anfield with 36 accurate efforts so far this season, but can you guess who is second? Step forward, John Arne Riise, with 23 accurate efforts this term. For those of you who - not unnaturally - guessed it might have been Owen's strike partner Emile Heskey then you may be surprised to learn that he has hit the target just 16 times - fewer than England midfielder Danny Murphy.

This game will have some effect on the destination of the title - even if it is just delaying the outcome. But it is well worth bearing in mind that, although on paper Liverpool would be expected to come away with a positive result, Spurs have picked up 27 points in their last 14 home matches and are more than capable of racking up a win.

Matt Pomroy

Match referee: P. Jones

Mr Jones averages just 3.08 cards per game and when it comes to getting his little black book out he is one of the more reticent officials to do so. Given that he averages over 10 fouls given per card issued it is clear that he is a referee that can control games without resorting to bookings.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
P. Jones 409 1 38 1 40.92
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Sheringham v Heskey

Glenn Hoddle will give Tim Sherwood every chance to recover from a gashed leg before naming his side to face Liverpool. The Spurs boss will be able to select Steffen Iversen, however, after fears the Norwegian had cracked his jaw proved unfounded. Youngster John Jackson has been added to the squad.

Emile Heskey is pushing Nicolas Anelka for the right to partner Michael Owen in the Liverpool attack, while Portuguese defender Abel Xavier is also in contention after missing out against Derby last week.

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Match Result
Tottenham 10/3
Draw 9/4
Liverpool 8/11

Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 9/1
Tottenham 2-0 20/1
Tottenham 2-1 14/1
Tottenham 3-0 50/1
Tottenham 3-1 40/1
Tottenham 3-2 40/1
Tottenham 4-0 100/1
Tottenham 4-1 100/1
Tottenham 4-2 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Liverpool 1-0 6/1
Liverpool 2-0 13/2
Liverpool 2-1 7/1
Liverpool 3-0 11/1
Liverpool 3-1 11/1
Liverpool 3-2 25/1
Liverpool 4-0 33/1
Liverpool 4-1 28/1
Liverpool 4-2 50/1
Liverpool 5-0 80/1
Liverpool 5-1 66/1
Liverpool 6-0 100/1
Liverpool 6-1 100/1

Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 15/2
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Liverpool 25/1
Draw/Tottenham 8/1
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Liverpool 7/2
Liverpool/Tottenham 40/1
Liverpool/Draw 16/1
Liverpool/Liverpool 7/4

First Goalscorer
T Sheringham 7/1
S Iversen 15/2
S Rebrov 8/1
G Poyet 11/1
D Anderton 14/1
T Sherwood 16/1
G Doherty 20/1
O Leonhardsen 20/1
M Etherington 20/1
S Davies 25/1
S Clemence 25/1
C Perry 50/1
M Taricco 50/1
B Thatcher 50/1
A Gardner 66/1
A Thelwell 66/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
M Owen 7/2
N Anelka 5/1
J Litmanen 6/1
E Heskey 6/1
M Baros 8/1
N Barmby 12/1
D Murphy 14/1
S Gerrard 14/1
V Smicer 14/1
P Berger 16/1
G Mcallister 16/1
D Hamann 20/1
J A Riise 20/1
S Hyypia 25/1
I Biscan 33/1
A Xavier 50/1
J Carragher 66/1
S Wright 66/1
S Henchoz 66/1

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