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Spurs v Sunderland - Head-to-Head

Posted on 1 March 2002  - 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).

Christian Ziege Michael Gray
Minutes on pitch 1749 2385
Goals 5 0
Passing 700 1325
Passing Accuracy % 66% 74%
Crossing 158 130
Crossing Accuracy % 23% 19%
Tackles Made 75 66
Tackles Won % 76% 76%
Fouls 29 23
Yellow Cards 5 0
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 12/1 40/1
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Michael Gray

Christian Ziege emerged with credit from the Worthington Cup defeat to Blackburn last weekend.

On Saturday, Ziege and Spurs will be looking to put all that behind them and concentrate on their remaining matches starting with Sunderland's visit to White Hart Lane.

Black Cats skipper Michael Gray has been the starting point of the majority of his side's attacks, making 1,325 passes to date - the highest total at the club and more than any defender in the division. However, despite Gray creating plenty chances for his colleagues with his sound distribution, Sunderland have been extremely wasteful up front. They have converted just 8% of their chances - the worst ratio in the Premiership - one of the key reasons why they are so near the relegation zone and why Gray has become disillusioned.

Ziege has been similarly important to Tottenham since signing from Liverpool last summer. He has set up a club-high total of five goals and his crossing ability from the left flank will be a real cause for concern for Gray and his fellow Sunderland defenders at White Hart Lane.

In the earlier fixture between the two clubs - a 2-1 win for Spurs - Ziege scored with a somewhat fortuitous 35-yard cross shot. But while that may have been a fluke, the German proved against Blackburn last weekend that he is a potent goal threat and of all Spurs' players, only Les Ferdinand and Gus Poyet have scored more league goals than his total of five.

If Spurs are to achieve anything from this campaign, the form of Ziege will clearly be crucial. They missed him desperately during his long injury lay off, but he is back now and if he can inspire his colleagues to greater heights during the remainder of the season, last weekend's painful defeat may not have to mean the end of Tottenham's European aspirations.

Rupert Webster