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Spurs v West Ham Head to Head

Posted on 8 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

SULLIVAN HISLOP
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 360 360
SHOT STOPPING
Goals Conceded 6 8
Clean Sheets 0 0
Saves 14 8
Saves/Shots 70% 50%
DISTRIBUTION
Distribution 157 111
Distribution % 50% 53%
CATCHING
Crosses Caught 6 8
Crosses Dropped 0 0
DISCIPLINE
Yellow Cards 0 1
Red Cards 0 0
Clean Sheet Odds 10/11 9/5
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Neil Sullivanv
Shaka Hislop

West Ham's Shaka Hislop returns to White Hart Lane on Monday evening, the ground where many Hammers' fans believe he had his best game for the club. In last season's 0-0 draw, Hislop produced two world-class saves from Chris Perry and Chris Armstrong to deny Tottenham maximum points.

At the other end of the field, Neil Sullivan will get his first taste of a London derby as a Spurs player, where the fans expectations are a lot higher than those held by supporters of his previous club, Wimbledon.

Both goalkeepers have yet to keep a clean sheet in their opening four games this season, and you can get odds of 9/5 on Hislop repelling the Spurs strikeforce for the third consecutive time in a West Ham victory.

Sullivan has conceded six goals so far this term but if you think that he might be able to keep his first clean sheet as a Spurs player, have a flutter on-line at SpursBet.co.uk with a 10/11 bet.

Scottish keeper Sullivan is an outstanding shot-stopper and has made a total of 14 stops this season, and he can boast a more impressive shot to save ratio than Hislop who has claimed just half of all 16 accurate shots at his goal in the first four Premiership matches.

Opta registered that only Middlesbrough's Mark Schwarzer bettered Sullivan's total of 176 saves during 1999-2000, as Sullivan was under constant pressure in Wimbledon's vain fight to avoid relegation. While Hislop may not have saved as many due to suffering a broken leg that ended his season in February. He has used his mechanical engineering degree to good use in terms of getting all his angles right, when dealing with crosses.

Hislop has caught more crosses than Sullivan this season, an indication of how the Trinidad and Tobago international has improved his all round game and commands his box with a lot more confidence than he did in the early part of his career at Reading and Newcastle.

Sullivan and Hislop are two goalkeepers who are a study in the art of concentration and both will have to be fully alert in a game where chances are usually few and far between. However both are over 30 and experienced enough to cope with the tense derby atmosphere that will surround Monday night's encounter at White Hart Lane.

Benji Romaner