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Sunderland v Tottenham Opta Preview

Posted on 18 September 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).

Sunderland
Stadium of Light
Wednesday 19th September, 2001
Tottenham Hotspur
5 Games 5
ATTACKING
3 Goals scored 6
0.60 Ave goals per game 1.20
40% Shooting Accuracy 31%
6% Goals to shots % 9%
PASSING
1,871 Passes 2,083
70% Pass completion % 76%
DEFENDING
78% Tackle success rate % 74%
3 Goals conceded 6
0.60 Ave goals conceded per game 1.20
DISCIPLINE
115 Fouls 72
11 Yellow cards 8
0 Red cards 2
8,283 Opta Index Score 6,829

Sunderland v Tottenham

It would not be a surprise to see Peter Reid and Glenn Hoddle sharing a pre-match drink and debating the peaks and troughs of being a Premiership manager before their sides meet on Wednesday night.

Both head honchos aired their grievances about referees after last weekend's action, as Spurs were undone by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's self-imposed trip and Sunderland were hounded for their over-zealous approach to the game.

But in truth, the Black Cats are currently the second-dirtiest team in the division behind Arsenal. This is not unfamiliar territory for the side that ended last term on top of the disciplinary chart, although last season Sunderland only picked up a solitary booking against Spurs - a plus point for the purists heading to this clash.

The visitors will still have the foul taste of defeat in their mouths after losing to capital rivals Chelsea and will be keen to register a morale-boosting win. In addition they will be buoyed by the fact that they beat the Mackems 3-2 at The Stadium of Light last year, which should give them a psychological edge.

Unfortunately, Hoddle does not have the versatile Gary Doherty to call upon this time. The former Luton striker-cum-defender grabbed a winning brace against Reid's battlers last time out, but is sidelined with injury for this one.

Nevertheless, Tottenham are brimming with attacking options and have already notched twice as many goals as the hosts, despite recording a woeful 31% shooting accuracy.

Sunderland's weakness is highlighted by the fact that they have turned just 6% of their shots into goals, although it's not all doom and gloom as all three strikes have come via the boot of forwards Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn. The deadly duo will be aiming to bring some much-needed cheer to the Sunderland faithful and Phillips is rated at 20/1 to score the first goal in a 2-1 win.

But the home side may have to battle for possession against a team that has proved superior with the ball at their feet. In fact Sunderland's pass completion rate is six points below the average for a Premiership team at this stage of the campaign, so it is vital that they continue to win the ball with avid determination.

The red-and-white striped shirts have won 78% of their tackles this season - four percentage points better than Spurs - and if they can avoid the wrath of the referee, then this competitive edge may see them gain the upper hand and collect all three points.

Mark Willis

Match referee: P Durkin

Paul Durkin has the job of officiating the second-worst offenders in the top flight to date, Sunderland, but after a fairly quiet start to the campaign he will not be too keen upset his average rate of three bookings per match. Although when it comes to cards, Spurs have already received two reds so maybe they're the team to watch.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
P Durkin 63 0 6 0 40.50
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Quinn v Sheringham

TEAM NEWS

Sunderland keeper Jurgen Macho is likely to continue in the place of injured Thomas Sorensen against Spurs because the Dane is still recovering from a nose operation.

Emerson Thome's three-match ban is over but he still has a knee injury so Jody Craddock and George McCartney will continue in the central defence.

Gus Poyet is back from his ban but Darren Anderton (Achilles) is a doubt, so youngsters Ciaren Toner and Stephen Ferguson travel.

Gary Doherty (broken leg) and Goran Bunjevcevic (fractured cheekbone) have been added to the long-term injury list this week, a list that includes the likes of Stephen Clemence (knee ligaments), Steffen Iversen (leg), Stephen Carr (knee), Willem Korsten (hip) and Chris Armstrong (abdomen).

MATCH BETTING
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Match Result
Sunderland 10/11
Draw 9/4
Tottenham 5/2
Correct Score
Sunderland 1-0 6/1
Sunderland 2-0 7/1
Sunderland 2-1 7/1
Sunderland 3-0 14/1
Sunderland 3-1 14/1
Sunderland 3-2 25/1
Sunderland 4-0 40/1
Sunderland 4-1 33/1
Sunderland 4-2 50/1
Sunderland 5-0 100/1
Sunderland 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Tottenham 1-0 8/1
Tottenham 2-0 14/1
Tottenham 2-1 12/1
Tottenham 3-0 40/1
Tottenham 3-1 33/1
Tottenham 3-2 33/1
Tottenham 4-0 100/1
Tottenham 4-1 100/1
Tottenham 4-2 100/1
Double Result
Sunderland/Sunderland 9/4
Sunderland/Draw 16/1
Sunderland/Tottenham 33/1
Draw/Sunderland 7/2
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Tottenham 13/2
Tottenham/Sunderland 25/1
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 11/2
First Goalscorer
Phillips 9/2
Quinn 6/1
Laslandes 6/1
Bellion 13/2
Medina 14/1
Arca 16/1
McCann 16/1
Kilbane 16/1
Schwarz 16/1
Varga 25/1
Gray 25/1
Williams 40/1
McCartney 40/1
Thome 40/1
Haas 40/1
Mercimek 50/1
Craddock 50/1
No Scorer 8/1
Sheringham 6/1
Ferdinand 13/2
Rebrov 7/1
Poyet 10/1
Anderton 12/1
Leonhardson 14/1
Sherwwod 16/1
Piercy 16/1
Ziege 20/1
Davies 20/1
King 33/1
Bunjevcevic 40/1
Freund 40/1
Perry 50/1
Taricco 50/1
Thelwell 66/1
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