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Charlton v Spurs - Opta Preview

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).

Charlton Athletic
The Valley
Saturday 8th December
Tottenham Hotspur
15 Games 15
18 Goals scored 24
1.20 Ave goals per game 1.60
44% Shooting Accuracy 33%
10% Goals to shots % 13%
5,301 Passes 6,709
72% Pass completion % 76%
71% Tackle success rate % 71%
19 Goals conceded 20
1.27 Ave goals conceded per game 1.33
226 Fouls 210
22 Yellow cards 22
2 Red cards 2
8,548 Opta Index Score 9,854

Charlton Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur

The levels of optimism amongst fans down at White Hart Lane are at their highest in years. After seemingly countless seasons of dour football, underachievement, and numerous disappointing signings, Spurs at last look like they are capable of holding their own against the best teams in the country.

Glenn Hoddle's side have won seven and drawn one of their last nine matches - a run which has taken them up into fifth place in the Premiership and into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

Judging by the Lilywhites' recent form, their hosts on Saturday, Charlton, could be in for a rough ride at The Valley.

The Addicks did beat their rivals from north London in last season's corresponding fixture - a result that helped them finish three points above Spurs in their first campaign back in the Premiership. However, Charlton have not been quite as impressive this term and are currently ensconced in the bottom half of the table, facing a possible relegation struggle despite fine wins over both Arsenal and Chelsea already.

One man who does look capable of firing Charlton to safety is Finnish forward Jonatan Johansson. Although he was a winger during his three-year spell at Glasgow Rangers, Addicks manager Alan Curbishley has since converted the 26-year-old into a striker of Premiership quality.

Johansson has reeled off 28 shots this season, which is the highest total of any player at The Valley and a sign that he is probably the man most likely to trouble Tottenham. Indeed, the former Rangers man netted the only goal that either side could muster in their two league meetings last term, and is 28/1 to grab the only goal of the game once again.

As well as Johansson, Charlton can now call on the services of loan signings Chris Bart Williams from Nottingham Forest, and Portuguese international defender Jorge Costa of FC Porto.

However, the chance of Curbishley's side keeping a third consecutive clean sheet against Spurs seems remote. Only Arsenal and Manchester United have scored more goals than Tottenham's total of 24, and they should certainly feel confident of breaching Charlton's struggling rear guard on Saturday.

Hoddle appears to have been concentrating strongly on improving his squad's finishing skills since the 2000-01 campaign. The Lilywhites are currently scoring with 14% of their shots, which is the fourth-best ratio in the Premiership, two percentage points better than they managed last term and some four percentage points superior to the Addicks in 2001-02.

Indeed, Spurs look like a great bet at 5/4 to win their fourth away match of the season and should be backed with online bookmakers surreySPORTS.

Rupert Webster

Match referee: S. Dunn

Despite having just six Premiership matches under his belt this season, Steve Dunn already has something of a history with each of these sides during 2001-02. It was he that awarded the highly suspect penalty for Chelsea as the Blues ran out 3-2 winners over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, while Charlton had six players booked in their only encounter with the Bristol official so far. It certainly should be interesting.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
S. Dunn 218 1 25 3 52.33
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Match Result
Charlton 7/4
Draw 11/5
Tottenham 5/4
Correct Score
Charlton 1-0 7/1
Charlton 2-0 12/1
Charlton 2-1 10/1
Charlton 3-0 28/1
Charlton 3-1 22/1
Charlton 3-2 28/1
Charlton 4-0 80/1
Charlton 4-1 80/1
Charlton 4-2 80/1
Charlton 5-0 100/1
Charlton 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Tottenham 1-0 6/1
Tottenham 2-0 10/1
Tottenham 2-1 15/2
Tottenham 3-0 18/1
Tottenham 3-1 18/1
Tottenham 3-2 25/1
Tottenham 4-0 50/1
Tottenham 4-1 40/1
Tottenham 4-2 66/1
Tottenham 5-0 100/1
Tottenham 5-1 100/1
Double Result
Charlton/Charlton 7/2
Charlton/Draw 15/1
Charlton/Tottenham 28/1
Draw/Charlton 5/1
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Tottenham 4/1
Tottenham/Charlton 33/1
Tottenham/Draw 15/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 3/1
First Goalscorer
J Euell 13/2
J Johansson 13/2
S Bartlett 7/1
K Lisbie 9/1
G Peacock 10/1
G Stuart 10/1
C Jensen 14/1
Macdonald 14/1
C Bart-Williams 16/1
J Robinson 16/1
S Parker 20/1
P Konchesky 25/1
M Fish 33/1
S Brown 33/1
C Powell 40/1
L Young 40/1
J Costa 40/1
J Fortune 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
T Sheringham 11/2
L Ferdinand 11/2
S Rebrov 6/1
S Iversen 7/1
G Poyet 7/1
D Anderton 14/1
O Leonhardsen 14/1
C Ziege 14/1
T Sherwood 16/1
S Davies 20/1
D Richards 20/1
L King 25/1
G Bunjevcevic 25/1
M Taricco 33/1
S Freund 40/1
C Perry 40/1
B Thatcher 40/1
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