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Posted on 18 January 2002  - 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 19th January
Everton
22 Games 22
ATTACKING
33 Goals scored 24
1.50 Ave goals per game 1.09
38% Shooting Accuracy 46%
13% Goals to shots % 9%
PASSING
9,635 Passes 7,649
75% Pass completion % 71%
DEFENDING
71% Tackle success rate % 73%
29 Goals conceded 29
1.32 Ave goals conceded per game 1.32
DISCIPLINE
328 Fouls 391
34 Yellow cards 32
3 Red cards 1
9,783 Opta Index Score 8,767

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

This fixture has certainly proved it's worth its weight in goals over the past three seasons. Each time Tottenham and Everton have clashed at White Hart Lane since 1998 there have been a total of five strikes netted during the 90 minutes and the good news for the hosts is that they have won every encounter. However, more recent results paint a different picture.

Victory over Sunderland last weekend finally put an end to a run of five successive league defeats for the Toffees, which will have at least inspired confidence ahead of an historically tricky clash. The visitors' renewed belief, coupled with the fact that Spurs are enduring a particularly inconsistent spell - just one point amassed from a possible 15 - points towards an intriguing contest.

Walter Smith's side were boosted with the return of Kevin Campbell to the starting line- up against the Black Cats following a two-month injury lay-off that spanned 11 league games - of which the Blues won only two. Remarkably the former Gunner remains the club's leading scorer this term with four league goals and could have added to this tally last week had he not squandered one effort and seen another blocked.

With recent signing Jesper Blomqvist notching his first goal for Everton to see off Peter Reid's strugglers, there are signs that Smith will soon have the rare option of a fully fit squad to choose from. The Swedish match-winner was full of praise for his skipper and also recognised the importance of familiarity within the first team: "Kevin is a brilliant player - we hope that we can get a team with no more injuries, so that we can have eleven players who can get to know each other better."

The Lilywhites' head honcho has not been without his fair share of treatment table cases this season and Christian Ziege is the latest casualty to join Steffen Freund and Steve Carr on the sidelines. The German international will be greatly missed, especially considering that he is Glenn Hoddle's chief architect with five goal assists to his name and is among the top 10 crossers in the Premiership. The crux of Everton's inventiveness has emanated from midfielder Gary Naysmith, who has set up four goals for his colleagues this term.

Tottenham have not participated in a goalless draw since the opening day of the campaign, while you have to cast your eye back to November to find the last time that the Blues played out a scoreless match. With this information in mind, it may be worth a flutter on this game following tradition with a glut of goalmouth action. The odds on a 2-2 draw are 14/1 with SurreySPORTS.co.uk and this may not seem as ambitious as it sounds.

Mark Willis

Match referee: C. Wilkes

Clive Wilkes is riding high in the referees chart this season and is currently ranked as the seventh-strictest official in the Premiership. Patiently he averages nearly eight fouls per card shown, but this total may change after Saturday, given that Everton have conceded more free-kicks for misdemeanors than any other side.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
C. Wilkes 265 0 28 3 45.88
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Sullivan v Simonsen
TEAM NEWS

Teddy Sheringham is back from a three-match ban for Saturday's Premiership clash against Everton.

Our striker and skipper is raring to go after missing the first leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final at Chelsea and Wednesday's FA Cup win at Coventry City.

Boss Glenn Hoddle hinted that the break might have done some good anyway.

He said: "It was forced upon us, but I would most probably looked at where I could give him a rest at some stage anyway.

"I probably wouldn't have been three matches, but we would have been aware that needed to be done.

"It was forced upon us, and looking at him it's done him good.

"I've given him a rest, he's not trained particularly hard, we've let him have four or five days off and now he's building it back up again.

"He looks fresh, he's now got a Saturday game and he will probably need that before the massive semi-final."

Glenn was delighted there were no further injuries at Highfield Road to add to the sidelined Christian Ziege, Steffen Freund, Stephen Carr (all knee), Stephen Clemence (groin), Goran Bunjevcevic (thigh) and Chris Armstrong (hernia).

And he suggested that it was time some of the younger members of the squad pushed themselves forward.

He added: "John Piercy was in the squad at Coventry, Alton Thelwell, whose been on the bench already, they haven't had an opportunity yet.

"Matthew Etherington is back and came on against Ipswich.

"He did well at Bradford and looks like he's learned a little, he has a bit more stature, more belief about himself. These are the players who have to come to the fore and show what they can do."

MATCH BETTING
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Match Result
Tottenham 8/13
Draw 11/5
Everton 9/2

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 25/1
Tottenham 4-2 50/1
Tottenham 5-0 66/1
Tottenham 5-1 50/1
Tottenham 6-0 100/1
Tottenham 6-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Everton 1-0 10/1
Everton 2-0 25/1
Everton 2-1 18/1
Everton 3-0 66/1
Everton 3-1 50/1
Everton 3-2 50/1
Everton 4-0 100/1
Everton 4-1 100/1
Everton 4-2 100/1

Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 6/4
Tottenham/Draw 15/1
Tottenham/Everton 45/1
Draw/Tottenham 7/2
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Everton 10/1
Everton/Tottenham 25/1
Everton/Draw 15/1
Everton/Everton 10/1

First Goalscorer
L Ferdinand 4/1
S Rebrov 5/1
S Iversen 6/1
G Poyet 7/1
D Anderton 12/1
G Doherty 14/1
O Leonhardsen 14/1
T Sherwood 16/1
S Clemence 16/1
S Davies 16/1
M Etherington 20/1
D Richards 25/1
B Thatcher 33/1
G Bunjevcevic 33/1
L King 33/1
C Perry 40/1
M Taricco 40/1
R Gardner 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
K Campbell 7/1
D Ferguson 8/1
I Max Moore 10/1
N Chadwick 10/1
J Blomqvist 16/1
N Alexandersson 16/1
D Unsworth 20/1
S Gemmill 20/1
P Gascoigne 20/1
G Naysmith 20/1
I Tal 20/1
S Watson 25/1
A Stubbs 25/1
D Weir 33/1
J Hibbert 40/1
A Cleland 50/1

For all these bets + much more go now to surreySPORTS.co.uk
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