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Spurs v Man Utd Head to Head

Posted on 18 May 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).

Minutes on pitch 2821 1948
Goals 2 3
Passes 1721 1219
Passing Accuracy 77% 81%
Interceptions 7 6
Clearances 71 24
Tackles made 77 102
Tackles won % 62% 75%
Fouls 61 56
Yellow Cards 4 7
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 14/1 20/1
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Tim Sherwood
Nicky Butt

As the season grinds to a halt, the summer transfer rumour-mill moves up into overdrive. One of the stories that keeps cropping up is that Glenn Hoddle is keen to bring Nicky Butt to White Hart Lane. As Butt goes head to head with the player he might replace/play with it seemed a good time to take a closer look at their performances this season.

Butt was always seen as Roy Keane's understudy but has a lot to offer the team in his own right. The ginger enforcer has attempted over 1,000 passes this season for the Old Trafford side and has seen an excellent 81% of them reach their target.

When Butt is not passing, he's normally closing down the opposition trying to gain possession for his side and with 102 tackles attempted this season it is clear that he is not afraid to get stuck in and fight for the team. The fact he has won three out of four challenges that he has gone in for adds weight to the notion that he could easily be the first choice midfielder at a lot of other Premiership clubs.

Sherwood is no slouch either. If - and it is of course a big if - Butt did join Tottenham then the former Norwich player might be viewing the new addition as a partner and not a predator for his place in the side. The current Tottenham midfielder has attempted 1,721 passes this season, which is the seventh most by any player in the top flight. His pass completion rate of 77% might not be as good as Butts but it is nothing to be ashamed of either.

However, Sherwood's tackling might have let him down slightly. He has won 62% of his 77 challenges which indicates that he might be losing his edge as he gets older and could well have a problem containing the formidable United midfield this Saturday.

Although neither side really have that much to play for in this game, the visit of Manchester Unite to White Hart Lane usually produces a good game and the Mancunians will be looking to avoid a third consecutive league defeat and, at the same time, get their first win on Tottenham's patch for three games.

If you fancy a bet on the game then Spurs Bet say the most likely scoreline is either 1-0 to United and a 1-1 draw, both at odds of 6/1. Either way, the outcome of this game will hinge - as it so often does - on the performance of the midfielders and Sherwood and Butt will be right in there doing their best to swing matters in their own favour.

Matt Pomroy