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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).

Tottenham Hotspur

White Hart Lane

Saturday 4th November, 2000

Sunderland
11 Games 11
ATTACKING
15 Goals scored 9
1.36 Ave goals per game 0.82
40% Shooting Accuracy 40%
10% Goals to shots % 10%
PASSING
4509 Passes 3942
72% Pass completion % 71%
DEFENDING
72% Tackle success rate % 74%
17 Goals conceded 11
1.54 Ave goals conceded per game 1.22
DISCIPLINE
159 Fouls 163
18 Yellow cards 24
0 Red cards 1

Tottenham v Sunderland

Sunderland travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday searching for their first away win of the season and to pour more misery on under-fire Spurs boss George Graham.

Graham was given the dreaded vote of confidence from his chairman Alan Sugar earlier this week, but unless Spurs' results drastically improve then Graham's tenure may soon be coming to an end.

The north Londoners have lost four out of their last five matches, but will be hoping to make home advantage count, where they have only dropped two points all season.

Sunderland are looking to extend their tremendous defensive record, which has seen them keep four consecutive clean sheets and they could set a club record in the Premiership if Thomas Sorensen has another shut-out.

Sunderland's defensive stats make far more impressive reading than Spurs. They have recorded a 74% tackle success rate and only conceded 0.82 goals per game. It may be argued that this is due to the fine partnership of Emerson Thome and Jody Craddock at the heart of the Black Cats rearguard. The last player to beat Sorensen in the Premiership was Michael Owen in September, but unfortunately for Spurs fans with injuries to key strikers Steffen Iversen and Sergei Rebrov they lack genuine quality up-front.

Tottenham have the joint-worst shooting accuracy in the Premiership tied with Sunderland and Aston Villa on 40% and both Peter Reid's team and Spurs have similarly poor goals to shots ratio of 10%. Despite these poor attacking figures don't expect Saturday's contest to end 0-0 it's been over 20 years since a goalless draw between the two sides. SpursBET offer generous odds of 13/2 on Saturday's match ending 0-0.

In Michael Gray, Sunderland can boast the second-best crosser of the ball in the Premiership behind David Beckham and his deliveries from the left-flank could well cause Spurs' makeshift defence a few problems. Gray has delivered 24 successful crosses, but so far he only has one goal assist to his name this season.

One player who will come face to face with Gray on Saturday, will be Tottenham right-back Steve Carr who is the club's most consistent performer and despite speculation surrounding his future, his crossing stats rival Gray's and he is one of the best dribblers in the Premiership completing 13 successful sorties this term.

While Saturday's fixture at White Hart Lane may not be the most attractive match in the Premiership at the weekend, expect the pressure to ease a little on Graham, if Spurs can record their fifth Premiership win of the season.

Matchday Referee: D Gallagher

Dermot Gallagher may have his work cut out on Saturday. For Sunderland are the fifth dirtiest team in the Premiership, Niall Quinn and Don Hutchinson are regular offenders while Alex Rae was sent off in this fixture last May. Nevertheless Gallagher has been a FIFA official for over six years and despite criticism from Jim Smith earlier in the season, remains one of the best referees in the country.


Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
D Gallagher 199 1 22 1 35.40

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Anderton v Arca

MATCH SPECIALS
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Tottenham clean sheet
Sunderland clean sheet
A sending off
4/1
A penalty scored
4/1
A penalty missed
Anderton to score
5/2
Freund to score
Hutchison to score
5/2
Arca to score
4/1
Rae to score
5/1
Quinn & Phillips to score
9/2
Rebrov hat-trick
Phillips hat-trick
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No goals
One goal
3/1
Two goals
2/1
Three goals
5/2
Four goals
9/2
Five goals
Six goals or more

TEAM NEWS
Under-fire Spurs boss George Graham could again be without striker Sergei Rebrov who is still struggling with a thigh problem, Matthew Etherington is on standby. Black Cats defender Stanislav Varga is poised to make his league debut after recovering from a calf injury.
FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Tottenham:
Rebrov
4/1
Ferdinand
9/2
Doherty
6/1
Korsten
7/1
Anderton
Sherwood
Clemence
Carr
Davies
Young
Vega
Freund
Thatcher
Perry
King
Thelwell
Taricco
No Goalscorer 13/2
Sunderland:
Phillips 11/2
Quinn 7/1
Dichio 15/2
Reddy 8/1
Hutchison 12/1
Arca 16/1
Oster 20/1
Rae 25/1
Varga 25/1
Thirwell 28/1
Gray 40/1
Williams 50/1
Makin 50/1
Craddock 50/1
Butler 50/1
Thome 50/1
No Goalscorer 13/2
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ODDS
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Evs Tottenham win 5/2 Sunderland win 11/5 Draw
Tottenham Correct
Score
Sunderland
6/1 1-0 8/1
8/1 2-0 14/1
8/1 2-1 12/1
14/1 3-0 40/1
14/1 3-1 33/1
25/1 3-2 33/1
40/1 4-0 -
33/1 4-1 -
50/1 4-2 -
- 5-0 -
- 5-1 -
13/2 0-0 13/2
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time
12/5 Tottenham Tottenham
15/1 Tottenham Draw
33/1 Tottenham Sunderland
4/1 Draw Tottenham
7/2 Draw Draw
13/2 Draw Sunderland
25/1 Sunderland Tottenham
15/1 Sunderland Draw
11/2 Sunderland Sunderland
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By Road:

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