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Posted on 29 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
Wednesday 30th January
Newcastle United
23 Games 23
ATTACKING
34 Goals scored 42
1.48 Ave goals per game 1.83
38% Shooting Accuracy 44%
12% Goals to shots % 15%
PASSING
10,083 Passes 10,081
75% Pass completion % 77%
DEFENDING
71% Tackle success rate % 73%
30 Goals conceded 29
1.30 Ave goals conceded per game 1.26
DISCIPLINE
342 Fouls 369
34 Yellow cards 41
3 Red cards 2
9,680 Opta Index Score 10,014

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

When Tottenham beat Newcastle 2-0 at St James’ Park back in October, many fans felt that the result would herald a season of consistency for the north London side and showed how far the Magpies were from being a Premiership force.

But although the three points from that win briefly put Spurs above Bobby Robson’s side in the table, their league form has been erratic ever since, while Newcastle have gone from strength to strength.

Since beating the Magpies, Glenn Hoddle’s side have won just five of 13 Premiership matches and are subsequently in mid-table, well out of the chase for a UEFA Cup place. By comparison, Robson’s men have been consistency personified. Newcastle are currently second in the table, having won nine times since last meeting Spurs, and are in with a real chance of the title.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Newcastle’s game this season has been their attacking play. Alan Shearer appears to have been rejuvenated, while Kieron Dyer, Craig Bellamy, Laurent Robert and Nolberto Solano have all played crucial roles for the club.

Wide men Robert and Solano have been particularly important in providing service to the strikers. Former PSG man Robert has whipped in a total of 203 crosses this season, and of all the players in the Premiership, only Peruvian winger Solano (217) can better that record.

As a result of this excellent service from the wings, Newcastle have had 75 headed efforts at goal this season — the second-highest figure in the division. Shearer has arguably been the main beneficiary as he has been able to use his aerial strength to great effect, scoring three headed goals to date. Online bookmakers surreySPORTS are offering odds of 5/1 on the former England captain netting the first goal with any part of his body on Wednesday.

Tottenham may, however, have sufficient height and power at the back to deal with Newcastle’s crosses. Dean Richards has been a huge influence since signing from Southampton, making 141 headed clearances, which is the highest total at the club and the 11th highest figure in the league. Add that to his 29 headed clearances with the Saints and only three players have a larger tally.

Richards has not been the only Spurs defender to emerge with great credit this term though. Goran Bunjevcevic has displayed some elegant skills after his move from Red Star Belgrade, Ledley King has been earmarked as a future England player, while the recent surfacing of giant Anthony Gardner has shown what great strength in depth Spurs now have at the back.

It remains to be seen whether Tottenham’s defensive strength can help to improve their consistency during the remainder of the campaign. But if they can stifle Newcastle’s exciting front line on Wednesday, that would be an excellent start.

Rupert Webster

Match referee: M. Dean

Mike Dean took charge of Tottenham's last home Premiership encounter with north east opponents, when he presided over Spurs' clash with Middlesbrough in October. He awarded the home side a penalty - one of only two he has blown up for this season - which Teddy Sheringham duly converted to spark a comeback victory.



Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
M. Dean 205 2 22 2 36.13
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Davies v Robert
TEAM NEWS

Newcastle's Nikos Dabizas will hope for a recall after completing a one-match suspension. Influential midfielder Kieron Dyer is unlikely to figure after failing to shake off a foot injury, while Rob Lee and Gary Speed are already ruled out. But Laurent Robert, like Dabizas, is available after completing a one-match ban and could return.

Spurs leading scorer Les Ferdinand should overcome a neck injury to take his place in the line-up. Dean Richards returns to the team after being cup tied in last week's match against Chelsea and will replace Anthony Gardner, who picked up an ankle knock in that Worthington Cup semi-final.

MATCH BETTING
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Match Result
Tottenham 6/5
Draw 12/5
Newcastle 7/4

Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 6/1
Tottenham 2-0 9/1
Tottenham 2-1 15/2
Tottenham 3-0 16/1
Tottenham 3-1 16/1
Tottenham 3-2 25/1
Tottenham 4-0 50/1
Tottenham 4-1 40/1
Tottenham 4-2 50/1
Tottenham 5-0 100/1
Tottenham 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 6/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Newcastle 1-0 7/1
Newcastle 2-0 12/1
Newcastle 2-1 10/1
Newcastle 3-0 28/1
Newcastle 3-1 22/1
Newcastle 3-2 28/1
Newcastle 4-0 80/1
Newcastle 4-1 80/1
Newcastle 4-2 80/1
Newcastle 5-0 100/1
Newcastle 5-1 100/1

Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 11/4
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Newcastle 33/1
Draw/Tottenham 4/1
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Newcastle 5/1
Newcastle/Tottenham 28/1
Newcastle/Draw 16/1
Newcastle/Newcastle 7/2

First Goalscorer
L Ferdinand 11/2
T Sheringham 11/2
S Iversen 7/1
S Rebrov 7/1
G Poyet 7/1
D Anderton 14/1
O Leonhard 14/1
T Sherwood 16/1
S Davies 16/1
D Richards 25/1
L King 33/1
M Taricco 40/1
B Thatcher 40/1
A Gardner 50/1
C Perry 50/1
No Scorer 8/1
A Shearer 5/1
C Bellamy 6/1
S Ameobi 8/1
N Solano 10/1
K Dyer 10/1
L Robert 11/1
O Bernard 14/1
C Acuna 16/1
J Mcclen 25/1
N Dabizas 33/1
R Elliott 33/1
A O'brien 50/1
S Distin 50/1
A Griffin 50/1
A Hughes 50/1

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