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Spurs v Man City Head to Head

Posted on 22 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

REBROV WANCHOPE
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 526 540
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 2 4
Goals/shots ratio 17% 18%
SHOOTING
Shots on target 5 13
Shooting accuracy 42% 59%
PASSING
Goal Assists 2 1
Passing Accuracy 69% 69%
DISCIPLINE
Fouls 8 17
Offside 7 8
Yellow Cards 1 4
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 5/1 13/2
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Sergei Rebrov
Paulo Wanchope

Two stories of contrasting fortune are on show at White Hart Lane on Saturday as Spurs entertain Joe Royle's erratic Manchester City outfit. Both Sergei Rebrov and Paulo Wanchope signed for their respective clubs in the summer break and whereas the tall Costa Rican has taken to the Citizens like the proverbial duck to water, the diminutive Ukrainian hasn't experienced the easiest of baptisms to Premiership life.

Despite often impressing in a Tottenham shirt and netting twice this season, Rebrov has still voiced discord regarding his future at the club. The talented hit man recently stated: "The manager convinced me that this club was going to be challenging for trophies. That's what I want - and I want it soon. If I can't then I will be unhappy."

So a win on Saturday would appear mandatory if Tottenham are going to keep their record signing content. Paradoxically, Rebrov's opposite number would find it difficult to get any happier after a terrific start to the season for the languid forward.

The former Derby and West Ham striker has silenced any lingering critics by helping himself to four goals in just six games, including a stunning hat trick against Sunderland. Wanchope looks to have struck up a good partnership with George Weah up front for City and also turned provider on one occasion, setting up Alf Inge Haaland for his strike against the Mackems.

Rebrov has at least managed to outshine Wanchope in terms of creativity during these early stages of the 2000-01 campaign and has notched up a couple of assists to date. The skilful attacker also rattled the bar against Ipswich on the opening day of the season and will count himself unlucky that he has just two goals under his belt, after firing in 12 efforts in the league.

Both players have shown the ability to shoot with either foot, a skill that makes their attacks harder to predict, and this should ensure that the Tottenham and City defence will be in for a hard afternoon's work on Saturday. Wanchope will certainly fancy of adding to his goal tally given the news that captain and central defender Sol Campbell will be out of the game through injury. The odds on the Costa Rican international netting past Neil Sullivan in the Tottenham goal are 11/10.

With both sides finding the back of the net with relative ease this season, there is a strong likelihood of goals at White Hart Lane. Whether or not Rebrov and Wanchope are on the end of them remains to be seen.

Phill Othen