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Tottenham v Chelsea Opta Preview

Posted on 14 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).

Tottenham Hotspur
White Hart Lane
Sunday 16th September, 2001
Chelsea
4 Games 3
ATTACKING
4 Goals scored 4
1.00 Ave goals per game 1.33
31% Shooting Accuracy 38%
8% Goals to shots % 15%
PASSING
1675 Passes 1019
75% Pass completion % 77%
DEFENDING
73% Tackle success rate % 74%
3 Goals conceded 2
0.75 Ave goals conceded per game 0.67
DISCIPLINE
59 Fouls 58
6 Yellow cards 5
2 Red cards 1
10,382 Opta Index Score 8,916

Tottenham v Chelsea

Chelsea lock horns with another of their London rivals on Sunday as they make the short trip to White Hart Lane to face a Tottenham team that is eager to finally bury the hoodoo that has seen them unable to defeat the Blues in over 11 and a half years.

Gary Lineker was on the score-sheet last time Spurs defeated their west London foes in February 1990, but then the now TV presenter notched a total of 24 goals that season making him the First Division's leading scorer.

But while a Spurs forward has yet to find the back of the net this term, Chelsea possess one of the most deadly strikers in the Premiership. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink netted three times against Spurs last season on his way to winning the golden boot and the Dutchman's two goals already this year is a factor in the Blues having one of the finest goals-to-shots-ratio in the Premiership with 15%.

Hasselbaink will be hoping for a happier end to his afternoon this weekend after being dismissed following an altercation with Martin Keown last Sunday. The striker is to appeal against the dismissal and his availability is crucial to Claudio Ranieri's team.

One man who will certainly not be featuring is former Chelsea hero Gustavo Poyet. The man who notched 12 goals last season the highest tally by a midfielder is completing the last of a three-match ban gained for his dubious red card at Everton last month. The Uruguayan, a popular figure with the supporters in his four seasons at the Bridge, will see his place taken by impressive youngster Simon Davies.

The 21-year-old became the first Spurs player to claim an assist this season with a defence-splitting pass that enabled Christian Ziege to run on to and break the deadlock in the game against Southampton last Sunday. Before Davies himself guaranteed all three points for Glenn Hoddle's side with a cool finish when one-on-one with goalkeeper Paul Jones.

But Hoddle knows that another of his former clubs, Chelsea, will pose a much stiffer test than Southampton did. With the Blues' than Spurs 38% shooting accuracy seven percentage points better than Spurs' it could be a difficult afternoon for inexperienced defenders Ledley King and Gary Doherty.

Add to the fact that Chelsea will be more refreshed after their UEFA Cup clash with Levski Sofia was postponed due to the atrocious terrorist attacks in New York then you would expect Ranieri's team to come away with all three points.

But if you fancy Spurs to upset the recent history books with a win then you can get a reasonable 7/4 with online bookies www.SpursBet.co.uk.

Benji Romaner

Matchday Referee: Steve Dunn

FA Cup Final referee Steve Dunn could be in for a busy afternoon on Sunday after eight players were booked and Willem Korsten was sent off in the two meetings between the London rivals last season. And with the Bristol official issuing an average of five yellow cards per game this term - Sunday's game will not be one for the faint-hearted.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
S Dunn 84 0 10 0 57.00
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Ziege v Le Saux

TEAM NEWS

Darren Anderton returns to the Spurs team having been rested against Torquay on Thursday but Gary Doherty is out having picked up a serious injury in that game. Gustavo Poyet misses the chance to face his old team as he serves the last match of his three-game ban. Ed de Goey is set to continue in goal for Chelsea, despite Carlo Cudicini being fit again.Celestine Babayaro and Jesper Gronkjaer are back in contention to play after injury but Mikael Forsell is still out with an ankle injury.

MATCH BETTING
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Match Result
Tottenham 7/4
Draw 11/5
Chelsea 5/4
Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 7/1
Tottenham 2-0 12/1
Tottenham 2-1 10/1
Tottenham 3-0 28/1
Tottenham 3-1 22/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 80/1
Tottenham 4-1 80/1
Tottenham 4-2 80/1
Tottenham 5-0 100/1
Tottenham 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Chelsea 1-0 6/1
Chelsea 2-0 10/1
Chelsea 2-1 15/2
Chelsea 3-0 18/1
Chelsea 3-1 18/1
Chelsea 3-2 25/1
Chelsea 4-0 50/1
Chelsea 4-1 40/1
Chelsea 4-2 66/1
Chelsea 5-0 100/1
Chelsea 5-1 100/1
Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 7/2
Tottenham/Draw 15/1
Tottenham/Chelsea 28/1
Draw/Tottenham 5/1
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Chelsea 4/1
Chelsea/Tottenham 33/1
Chelsea/Draw 15/1
Chelsea/Chelsea 3/1
First Goalscorer
S Rebrov 6/1
T Sheringham 13/2
L Ferdinand 7/1
D Anderton 12/1
S Davies 16/1
C Ziege 20/1
O Leonhardsen 20/1
Etherington 25/1
G Bunjevcevic 33/1
L King 33/1
C Perry 33/1
S Freund 40/1
A Thelwell 50/1
M Taricco 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
J Has'baink 4/1
G Zola 6/1
E Gudjohnsen 7/1
J Gronkjaer 10/1
M Stanic 10/1
B Zenden 12/1
F Lampard 16/1
S Jokanovic 20/1
E Pettit 20/1
J Morris 25/1
G Le Saux 33/1
M Melchiot 40/1
C Babayaro 40/1
M Desailly 40/1
J Terry 50/1
W Gallas 50/1
A Ferrer 66/1
For all these bets + much more go now to www.SpursBet.co.uk
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