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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).


White Hart Lane

Saturday 19th May, 2001

Manchester United
37 Games 37
44 Goals scored 78
1.19 Ave goals per game 2.11
43% Shooting Accuracy 46%
12% Goals to shots % 15%
14312 Passes 19341
69% Pass completion % 79%
72% Tackle success rate % 75%
53 Goals conceded 28
1.43 Ave goals conceded per game 0.76
556 Fouls 447
48 Yellow cards 42
3 Red cards 3

Tottenham v Manchester United

The 2000/01 party is almost over and as some scramble after European dates, for these two teams it's almost time to grab their jackets and head off for the summer break. Manchester United waltzed to the title and Spurs - having landed their messiah - are firmly banging the 'next season' drum.

Lost four, won two and drawn once is hardly the stuff of revelations at White Hart Lane but with money to spend, the summer could see clouds begin to part over North London. There is also a glowing pool of young talent at the club and wise men have pointed to the likes of Matthew (Etherington), Mark (Gower), Luke (Young) and Jon (Jonssen) as potential bright stars of the future.

This visit of the Red Devils will be a stern test of Tottenham's fortitude. United might have lost the last two games, but with the title wrapped up it mattered little. However, the greatest trick they perform is convincing the world that the threat does not exist, and then just like that, they break and score. Ryan Giggs has been playing slightly more centrally recently and with 148 successful dribbles to his name - only Robert Pires has recorded more - he will be a smouldering threat.

In the defence, Tottenham's heart has been Sol Campbell, but with rumours of a Bosman-style exit on the horizon the fans' faith will be tested. It is worth noting though that his central defensive partner Chris Perry has recorded 88 successful tackles. Not just more than Campbell, but in fact the sixth highest total all Premiership players.

Alex Ferguson won't want his side to lose three league games in a row, no matter how insignificant, but if you think that Tottenham can get a win over the champions then Spurs Bet are offering 13/8. Spurs have won two and drawn one of their last three home games against United so it might be worth considering.

This could well be a nice spectacle to end the season. Next year will be Ferguson's last in charge of the Red Devils and he will be hell-bent on success on all fronts. Glenn Hoddle will need a while to sort out his team - patience, after all, is a virtue - but in the mean-time fans should remember that despite his religious leaning, he wasn't actually born in a manger, but in time could make this side more than just stable performers.

Matt Pomroy

Matchday Referee: A D'Urso

Mr D'Urso hands out an average of 4.1 cards per game which is the fourth most prolific out of all the referees in charge of Premiership games. However, with the result of this game not really having much bearing on the table he should see little need to play to his seasonal par down at White Hart Lane.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
A D'Urso 578 3 64 7 43.21
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Sherwood v Butt


Tim Sherwood is ruled out for Tottenham with a groin injury, while United have worries over David Beckham (ankle), Jaap Stam (hamstring) and Denis Irwin (calf) following their midweek friendly at Celtic, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's knee injury will take about six weeks to clear up.

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Match Result
Tottenham 13/8
Draw 12/5
Man Utd 5/4
Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 13/2
Tottenham 2-0 11/1
Tottenham 2-1 9/1
Tottenham 3-0 25/1
Tottenham 3-1 20/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 80/1
Tottenham 4-1 66/1
Tottenham 4-2 66/1
Tottenham 5-0 100/1
Tottenham 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 17/2
Draw 1-1 6/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Man Utd 1-0 6/1
Man Utd 2-0 10/1
Man Utd 2-1 15/2
Man Utd 3-0 18/1
Man Utd 3-1 18/1
Man Utd 3-2 25/1
Man Utd 4-0 50/1
Man Utd 4-1 40/1
Man Utd 4-2 66/1
Man Utd 5-0 100/1
Man Utd 5-1 100/1
Half Time/Full Time
Tottenham/Tottenham 7/2
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Man Utd 28/1
Draw/Tottenham 5/1
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Man Utd 4/1
Man Utd/Tottenham 28/1
Man Utd/Draw 16/1
Man Utd/Man Utd 3/1
First Goalscorer
Rebrov 6/1
L Ferdinand 13/2
G Doherty 13/2
W Korsten 10/1
O Leonhardsen 14/1
T Sherwood 14/1
Davies 20/1
Clemence 25/1
S Carr 33/1
Gardner 33/1
C Perry 33/1
A Thelwell 50/1
L Young 66/1
No Goalscorer 17/2
A Cole 9/2
T Sheringham 5/1
D Yorke 11/2
P Scholes 7/1
R Giggs 10/1
D Beckham 12/1
Djordic 12/1
Clegg 14/1
Q Fortune 16/1
Chadwick 16/1
Stewart 20/1
N Butt 20/1
M Silvestre 25/1
D Irwin 33/1
P Neville 50/1
May 50/1
Johnsen 50/1
R Wallwork 50/1
W Brown 66/1
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- Tottenham.doc
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