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Spurs v Sunderland - 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).

Tottenham Hotspur
White Hart Lane
Saturday 2nd March
26 Games 26
37 Goals scored 21
1.42 Ave goals per game 0.81
38% Shooting Accuracy 43%
12% Goals to shots % 7%
11,390 Passes 10,936
75% Pass completion % 73%
71% Tackle success rate % 76%
35 Goals conceded 31
1.35 Ave goals conceded per game 1.19
368 Fouls 473
37 Yellow cards 49
3 Red cards 0
9,585 Opta Index Score 8,666

Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland

Both Tottenham and Sunderland will be looking to bounce back at White Hart Lane this weekend after suffering massive disappointments last Sunday that caused both sets of supporters to dread their return to work on Monday morning.

Spurs fans would have been blushing in front of their colleagues after their team missed out on a golden opportunity to qualify for European competition next season when they lost an enthralling Worthington Cup Final to Blackburn Rovers.

Meanwhile the Mackems endured the bitter taste of defeat to fierce rivals Newcastle United in the northeast derby - the first time the Magpies had ever won at the Stadium of Light.

Former England team-mates Glenn Hoddle and Peter Reid will know the importance of their sides getting back on track this weekend with a valuable win but history is against the Wearsiders. They have not won a league game at White Hart Lane for almost 24 years and at 4/1 to break this sequence the bookies hardly give the visitors much chance of gaining a second consecutive away win, after a Niall Quinn goal ten minutes from time gave the Black Cats victory at Derby in their last outing on the road.

However while Spurs marched to that Cup Final in Cardiff and qualified for the last eight of the FA Cup, their league form has suffered as a consequence. Just two wins in the last nine has seen them slip out of contention for a European place via the Premiership, and three points against Sunderland is imperative to kick-start their season.

Opta's exclusive data reveals that the home side should have too much firepower for their visitors, with Spurs' 12% goals-to-shots ratio five percentage points better than the Black Cats figure and only relegation certainties Leicester City have scored fewer goals than Reid's side.

Consequently the under-fire boss may hand a full debut to new signing Patrick Mboma on Saturday after the striker on loan from Parma showed a few glimpses of his ability when he replaced Niall Quinn at half time in the derby game.

The powerful target man was top scorer in the recent African Nations Cup tournament and he should no be short of confidence after Cameroon took the trophy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Senegal.

Dean Richards, who missed Spurs' defeat to Blackburn last weekend as he was cup-tied, will no doubt come back into the side and give more physical presence to a defence that looked a little lightweight against Rovers and his attributes will be key against a rather direct Sunderland side, whose tally of 3,109 long passes attempted is one of the highest in the Premiership.

Saturday's game may not be the best seen at White Hart Lane this season but the likely winners will be the side showing the most character in recovering from a major set-back suffered last weekend.

Benji Romaner

Match referee: R. Styles

Rob Styles could be in for a busy afternoon as only Everton have committed more fouls than Sunderland's 473 this season. He was in charge for their recent trip to Old Trafford and the Black Cats - who lost 4-1 on the day - will be hoping for a better outcome in north London this Saturday.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
R. Styles 369 7 52 1 41.82
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Spurs will not be resting players with the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea just around the corner. Dean Richards, suspended for the Worthington Cup final, will return at the expense of Ben Thatcher.

Julio Arca (groin) and Gavin McCann (knee) are out for Sunderland.

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Match Result
Tottenham 8/13
Draw 12/5
Sunderland 4/1

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 6/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Sunderland 1-0 9/1
Sunderland 2-0 22/1
Sunderland 2-1 16/1
Sunderland 3-0 66/1
Sunderland 3-1 50/1
Sunderland 3-2 40/1
Sunderland 4-0 100/1
Sunderland 4-1 100/1
Sunderland 4-2 100/1

Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 6/4
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Sunderland 45/1
Draw/Tottenham 7/2
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Sunderland 9/1
Sunderland/Tottenham 25/1
Sunderland/Draw 16/1
Sunderland/Sunderland 9/1

First Goalscorer
L Ferdinand 4/1
T Sheringham 4/1
S Rebrov 11/2
S Iversen 6/1
G Poyet 7/1
D Anderton 12/1
C Ziege 12/1
T Sherwood 14/1
O Leonhardsen 14/1
S Davies 16/1
L King 25/1
D Richards 25/1
A Gardner 33/1
G Bunjevcevic 33/1
M Taricco 40/1
B Thatcher 40/1
C Perry 50/1
No Scorer 8/1
K Phillips 13/2
N Quinn 15/2
P Mboma 8/1
C Reyna 16/1
K Kilbane 20/1
J Arca 20/1
G Mccann 20/1
J Mcateer 20/1
S Schwarz 25/1
T Butler 33/1
M Gray 40/1
D Williams 40/1
G Mccartney 40/1
S Varga 50/1
J Bjorklund 50/1
B Haas 50/1
J Craddock 66/1

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