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Tottenham v Blackburn - Opta Preview

Posted on 31 December 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).

Tottenham Hotspur
White Hart Lane
Tuesday 1st January
Blackburn Rovers
20 Games 20
ATTACKING
31 Goals scored 25
1.55 Ave goals per game 1.25
37% Shooting Accuracy 38%
13% Goals to shots % 10%
PASSING
8,728 Passes 8,156
75% Pass completion % 76%
DEFENDING
72% Tackle success rate % 75%
27 Goals conceded 25
1.35 Ave goals conceded per game 1.25
DISCIPLINE
295 Fouls 311
33 Yellow cards 35
3 Red cards 2
9,666 Opta Index Score 8,606

Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers

Consecutive defeats against basement sides Southampton and Ipswich Town have threatened to destroy what was looking likely to be Tottenham's best season in years.

Morale was sky high at White Hart Lane after the club had reached the semi-finals of the Worthington Cup and moved within just six points of the top of the Premiership in December. But after recent setbacks, Spurs now look likely to embrace the mid-table mediocrity that has been theirs for much of the past 10 years. If they want to avoid this fate and revive their fortunes, a win against Blackburn is a must.

However, Rovers beat Spurs 1-0 in the previous encounter between the two sides this term and are themselves in need of Premiership points as they struggle to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation battle.

One of the supposed changes at Spurs under Glenn Hoddle this season has been a reversion to their traditional style of flowing, attractive, attacking football. However, the Lilywhites do not actually play with quite as much flair as their fans would have others believe. Their passing accuracy of 75% is only average in Premiership terms and newcomers Blackburn can beat that figure.

Despite this, Spurs have an excellent home record against the promoted sides this season, having beaten Fulham 4-0 and Bolton 3-2 last month, and Hoddle should be confident of his side creating plenty of goalscoring opportunities on Tuesday.

If Tottenham can create chances, they should be confident of putting them away. They possess a potent side and goals can come from all areas of the pitch with wing-back Christian Ziege, midfielders Simon Davies, Darren Anderton and Gustavo Poyet all capable of getting on the scoresheet. As such it is unsurprising that their chance conversion rate of 13% is the fifth best in England.

Blackburn also rely on a number of players to grab their goals, but that is perhaps more a sign of their strikers' failings than anything else. Rovers' forwards have contributed just 20% of the team's goals this term - the lowest proportion of any top-flight club - and this is an area that will need to be addressed if they are to start climbing the table in the New Year. Graeme Souness will be hoping that new signing Andy Cole will add the much-needed firepower to his shot-shy team.

But, the man for Tottenham to watch out for on Tuesday could well be attacking midfielder David Dunn. He has already scored three goals on trips to London this term, and having fired three long-range goals this season - only Arsenal's Thierry Henry has more - Dunn will clearly be a threat to Spurs 'keeper Neil Sullivan.

Spurs will be desperate to gain all three points and start climbing the table again. The question is whether Blackburn have the nous needed to frustrate Hoddle's men and gain a point from their trip South.

Rupert Webster

Match referee: J. Winter

Yet another trip to White Hart Lane for Jeff Winter, who has already marshalled two Premiership matches at the ground this term. It will however be Rovers' first experience of the Stockton-on-Tees official since their 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Highbury back in March 2000.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
J. Winter 391 3 36 2 47.27
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Sheringham v Cole

TEAM NEWS

Rovers' new signing Andy Cole will make his debut alongisde Matt Jansen up front, while Tugay and Garry Flitcroft are set to continue their central midfield partnership.

MATCH BETTING
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Match Result
Tottenham 4/7
Draw 13/5
Blackburn 4/1

Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 6/1
Tottenham 2-0 11/2
Tottenham 2-1 7/1
Tottenham 3-0 10/1
Tottenham 3-1 10/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 25/1
Tottenham 4-1 22/1
Tottenham 4-2 50/1
Tottenham 5-0 50/1
Tottenham 5-1 50/1
Tottenham 6-0 100/1
Tottenham 6-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 10/1
Draw 1-1 13/2
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Blackburn 1-0 9/1
Blackburn 2-0 22/1
Blackburn 2-1 16/1
Blackburn 3-0 66/1
Blackburn 3-1 50/1
Blackburn 3-2 40/1
Blackburn 4-0 100/1
Blackburn 4-1 100/1
Blackburn 4-2 100/1

Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 11/8
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Blackburn 45/1
Draw/Tottenham 7/2
Draw/Draw 9/2
Draw/Blackburn 9/1
Blackburn/Tottenham 28/1
Blackburn/Draw 16/1
Blackburn/Blackburn 9/1

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