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Spurs v Sunderland Head to Head

Posted on 3 November 2000  - 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 618 679
Goals 1 1
Shots on Target 4 3
Shooting Accuracy 33% 50%
Goal Assists 2 1
Passing Accuracy 68% 73%
Crossing Accuracy 31% 20%
Dribbles & Runs 13 31
Dribble Completion 92% 61%
Yellow Cards 3 1
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 10/1 16/1
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Darren Anderton v
Julio Arca

With the departure of David Ginola during the summer, the role of Tottenham's chief creative midfielder fell to England international Darren Anderton. He has had a tough time of it so far, with (unsurprisingly) injuries restricting both his appearances and his effectiveness on the occasions when he has made it on to the pitch.

On Saturday, the former Portsmouth winger will be hoping for better luck against a combative Sunderland side, who will themselves be relying heavily on the subtle skills of Julio Arca.

The Argentinian under-21 captain was an unknown quantity to most people when Peter Reid shelled out £3.5 million to secure his services in the summer. But Arca's composure on the ball and willingness to get forward to supplement the attack has ensured that he has become an instant hit at the Stadium of Light. He has found a team-mate with 73% of his passes - five percentage points better than Anderton - and will be looking to use his thoughtful distribution to add to his tally of one assist this term.

Although Anderton has yet to hit peak form during the 2000-01 campaign, he has still been one of Tottenham's few creative forces. He has whipped in 54 centres this season - more than any other Spurs player - and found his intended target with a healthy 31%.

Consequently, Anderton has already managed to set up two goals this year and his return to fitness virtually ensures his inclusion in the England squad for the upcoming friendly with Italy.

One aspect of the Spurs midfielder's game that he will be slightly disappointed with is his goalscoring. In the past, Anderton's powerful shooting - particularly from long-range - made him a constant threat to opposing defences. This year however, he has hit the target with just a third of his efforts on goal and scored only one goal, and that was a penalty.

In juxtaposition, Arca has thrilled Black Cats fans with his goalscoring potential. He scored on his debut against West Ham and has although he has yet to add to that strike, Arca has still forced at least a save with half of his shots.

Online bookmakers SpursBET rate the odds on Arca opening the scoring at White Hart Lane at 16/1. But if you feel that Anderton is due some good fortune in front of goal, you can get odds of 10/1 on the England midfielder finding the back of the net first.

With both teams hovering around mid-table, a win for either would be a welcome boost for their respective campaigns. Spurs have picked up 13 points from a possible 15 at home this term, and despite the possibility of Arca spoiling their excellent record at White Hart Lane, George Graham's side should run out winners in this clash.

Rupert Webster