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Charlton v Spurs - OPTA preview

English Barclays Premiership

Charlton Athletic

The Valley

Saturday 16th September, 2000

Tottenham Hotspur
5 Games 5
10 Goals scored 8
2.00 Ave goals per game 1.60
59% Shooting Accuracy 35%
18% Goals to shots % 12%
1513 Passes 2191
68% Pass completion % 73%
79% Tackle success rate % 70%
11 Goals conceded 6
2.20 Ave goals conceded per game 1.20
74 Fouls 71
6 Yellow cards 4
2 Red cards 0

Charlton v Tottenham

Charlton entertain Tottenham in the first London derby to be staged at the Valley this season. Alan Curbishley's side have had a mixed start to the season and need a morale-boosting win after only picking up two points out of the last 12 available.

In contrast Spurs are enjoying their best start to a season for nine years and are just one point behind leaders Manchester United. George Graham puts Tottenham's good start to the season down the wonderful camaraderie that exists in the dressing room at White Hart Lane. "The spirit at the club is wonderful", said the former Arsenal boss.

Charlton themselves have shown a lot of resolve in their last two fixtures - against Southampton they earned a point, coming from a goal behind, and on Sunday they recovered from a two-goal deficit to earn a point at Derby.

However Curbishley has admitted his team need to work on their defending if they want to avoid a return to the Nationwide League. The Addicks have let in 2.2 goals per game on average and only Manchester City and Derby have conceded more this term.

Charlton keeper Dean Kiely is available at 6/4 with SpursBET on keeping his first clean sheet since his team's 4-0 opening day win over Manchester City, when Tottenham visit the Valley on Saturday.

While Charlton may leak goals, they have no problems at the other end with new £3.25 million signing Jonatan Johansson scoring in his last two matches. The Finnish striker, who made his first start for the Addicks at Pride Park last week, looks a useful acquisition for the club. He set up a goal for Claus Jensen, before grabbing the equaliser past Mart Poom.

Johansson and his new team-mates have a more deadly shooting accuracy than Spurs, registering 59% of their shots on target and only Everton have been more accurate. In contrast, while Tottenham may not have been more prolific, central defender and skipper Sol Campbell netted his first goal in 18 months against West Ham on Monday. Ironically, before Monday night his last goal was at the Valley in Spurs 4-1 win at Charlton in 1998-1999.

SpursBET are offering odds of 500/1 for Spurs to repeat their 4-1 win, with Campbell being first goalscorer on Saturday.

If Charlton are to get something out of Saturday's game, they will certainly need to shore up their leaky defence as confident Spurs look to fire their way to their first away win of the season at the Valley, and maintain their position as the top club in the capital.

Benji Romaner

Matchday Referee: Teesider Jeff Winter has been one of the most lenient officials in the Premiership this season. It takes Winter an average of six minutes to award a foul in contrast to Mike Riley who has blown up every two minutes for an offence. Rather surprisingly is that four of Winter's five bookings this season have been for Manchester United players who saw yellow at Ipswich.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
J.Winter 32 0 5 0 23.50
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Johansson v Iversen

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Johansson hat-trick 20/1
Jensen to score 3/1
Kinsella to be booked 7/4
Charlton clean sheet 6/4
Charlton to score 2 or more 13/8
Tottenham clean sheet 11/10
Tottenham to score 2 or more 11/10
Rebrov hat-trick 16/1
Sherwood to score 11/4
Freund to be booked 6/4
A penalty is scored 4/1
A penalty is missed 12/1
A sending off 4/1

Ramon Vega could plug a gap in defence with Luke Young out for three weeks after taking a knock against West Ham on Monday, though Ben Thatcher and Mauriccio Taricco have both recovered from injury.
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Hunt 6/1
Johansson 6/1
Lisbie 7/1
Mendonca 7/1
Stuart 8/1
Robinson 14/1
Jensen 16/1
Kinsella 16/1
Newton 25/1
Powell 33/1
Brown 40/1
Tiler 40/1
Kishishev 50/1
Konchesky 50/1
Rufus 50/1
No Goalscorer 13/2
Rebrov 5/1
Ferdinand 11/2
Iversen 6/1
Leonhardsen 12/1
Etherington 12/1
Sherwood 16/1
Clemence 16/1
Carr 20/1
Campbell 33/1
Freund 33/1
Young 40/1
Thatcher 40/1
Vega 40/1
Perry 50/1
Tarrico 50/1
No Goalscorer 13/2
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15/8 Charlton win 5/4 Tottenham win 11/5 Draw
Charlton Correct
7/1 1-0 6/1
12/1 2-0 10/1
10/1 2-1 8/1
33/1 3-0 18/1
25/1 3-1 18/1
28/1 3-2 25/1
100/1 4-0 50/1
80/1 4-1 40/1
80/1 4-2 66/1
13/2 0-0 13/2
11/2 1-1 11/2
14/1 2-2 14/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time
4/1 Charlton Charlton
15/1 Charlton Draw
28/1 Charlton Tottenham
11/2 Draw Charlton
7/2 Draw Draw
4/1 Draw Tottenham
33/1 Tottenham Charlton
15/1 Tottenham Draw
3/1 Tottenham Tottenham
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