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Posted on 18 January 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).

Tottenham

White Hart Lane

Saurday 20th January, 2001

Southampton
23 Games 22
ATTACKING
30 Goals scored 28
1.30 Ave goals per game 1.22
43% Shooting Accuracy 41%
12% Goals to shots % 11%
PASSING
9022 Passes 7789
70% Pass completion % 67%
DEFENDING
70% Tackle success rate % 75%
34 Goals conceded 34
1.48 Ave goals conceded per game 1.48
DISCIPLINE
357 Fouls 319
31 Yellow cards 31
2 Red cards 1

Tottenham v Southampton

Following their comprehensive two-nil win against Spurs last month, Southampton will be full of confidence for their trip to London as they seek to become the first team to win at White Hart Lane this season.

Meanwhile George Graham's team will be weakened by the suspension of goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, after the Scottish international was dismissed in the recent win against Newcastle.

Sullivan has been in fine form recently, and his faultless display at Goodison Park last week was a major factor in Spurs collecting a point. The former Wimbledon 'keeper has made a total of 85 stops since his arrival in north London and only Mart Poom, with 90, has pulled off more saves this term.

Nevertheless, it gives Ian Walker an opportunity to re-stake his claim as Tottenham's number one and the 29-year-old will be eager to shine in his first start at White Hart Lane since May.

One man who could wreck Walker's big chance is in-form striker James Beattie who has scored 10 goals in his last 12 games, and odds of 7/1 are on offer on Beattie opening the scoring with his first goal of 2001.

The Saints may hand a full debut to Dan Petrescu, as Glenn Hoddle will be hoping his new signing from Bradford can improve his team's passing accuracy. Southampton's 67% pass completion rate is the third-worst tally in the Premiership and three percentage points lower than Spurs' total.

But on the other hand, Opta's stats dispel the myth that Hoddle's teams have no backbone, as the Saint's tackling ratios suggest. Southampton's tackle success rate of 75% is five percentage points better than Spurs, and these defensive stats make them the third-best tacklers in the Premiership behind Coventry and Manchester United.

Tottenham have been plagued by injuries in recent weeks, with Sol Campbell and Les Ferdinand added to the list of walking wounded when both players were forced to miss the trip to Goodison Park last weekend.

But if these two key figures can return to the team then Spurs may just gain revenge for their defeat at the Dell three weeks ago, with an identical 2-0 margin at odds of 11/2 .

Otherwise, if Saints gain a shock win, they will leapfrog Spurs in the table. Then the chants around White Hart Lane will increase for new owners ENIC to install prodigal son Glenn Hoddle into the managers' hot seat as soon as possible.

Matchday Referee: C Wilkes

Referee Clive Wilkes takes charge of only his third Premiership match of the season. Wilkes was in charge for the recent high-tempo Worthington Cup semi final first leg between Ipswich and Birmingham City, when he awarded a controversial penalty to the Suffolk team. In the Premiership he has been fairly lenient, only issuing an average of three cautions per game.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
C Wilkes 49 2 6 0 36.50

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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TEAM NEWS
Stephen Carr has recovered from his groin strain and is available for selection but Spurs striker Chris Armstrong isn't due back until the end of January following an ankle injury. Saints midfielder Chris Marsden should return despite picking up a rib injury against Charlton but Tahar El-Khalej is away on international duty with Morocco.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Tottenham:
Ferdinand
9/2
Rebrov
5/1
Armstrong
5/1
Doherty
7/1
Korsten
9/1
Anderton
Leonhardsen
Clemence
King
Davies
Thatcher
Perry
Campbell
Freund
Young
Thelwell
No Goalscorer 7/1
Southampton:
Beattie
7/1
Pahars
Rosler
8/1
Davies
8/1
Tessem
Kachloul
Soltvedt
Bridge
Oakley
Marsden
Draper
Richards
Petrescu
Dodd
El Khalej
Lundekvam
No Goalscorer 7/1
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ODDS
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4/6 Tottenham win
4/1 Southampton win
9/4 Draw
Tottenham
Correct
Score
Southampton
6/1
1-0
9/1
2-0
7/1
2-1
3-0
3-1
3-2
4-0
4-1
4-2
5-0
-
5-1
-
6-0
-
6-1
-
8/1
0-0
8/1
1-1
2-2
3-3
Half-Time/Full Time
Tottenham
Tottenham
Tottenham
Draw
Tottenham
Southampton
7/2
Draw
Tottenham
7/2
Draw
Draw
9/1
Draw
Southampton
Southampton
Tottenham
Southampton
Draw
9/1
Southampton
Southampton
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By Road:

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- Tottenham.doc
By Rail:
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