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Tottenham v Bolton - 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 v Bolton Wanderers

The last time that these two sides met in the FA Cup was 1978. Annie Hall was about to win best picture at the Oscars, Sony had just invented the Walkman and Bolton knocked Spurs out the cup with a 2-1 win. How is it all shaping up this time?

Well, after the success at the Golden Globes, Russell Crowe could well be in line for a second successive gong and given that the Globes are a good indicator of …oh, the FA Cup you say? That, on the other hand, isn't so clear cut.

Although it is true that no side has managed fewer accurate passes than Bolton, they are still carving out chances and are always going to be a threat. Bolton have hit the target with 103 shots in the league so far this season which is two more that Tottenham have managed. For all of Spurs' pass-and-move football they have not been able to create enough clear-cut chances, as last weekend's bore-draw with Everton illustrated.

But as the win over Coventry in the last round of the FA Cup showed, Spurs are capable of playing some brilliant attacking football and they do have the ability to carve teams apart. Darren Anderton has been the architect of much of their good work and only Manchester United's Juan Veron has completed more accurate passes than Anderton.

If Anderton is the key player for Tottenham then there is little doubt that the star turn for the Lancashire side is Kevin Ricketts. The former Walsall striker has scored 12 times this season, but the brilliance is in the detail. A dozen goals is undeniably good but when you consider the he has scored with a massive 23% of his shot.

That return is better than Thierry Henry, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Kevin Phillips and Alan Shearer amongst others. The calls for Ricketts to get a chance for England are well founded and games like this are the perfect place for him to get even more recognition.

Although Bolton have a reputation as a somewhat physical side, there is evidence to the contrary. Only Middlesborough have gone in for fewer tackles than the Trotters, but they could well have to battle in this game to stay in the cup. Only three sides have made more key passes - passes leading to a clear scoring chance - than Spurs and Glenn Hoddle's side are capable of creating openings on a regular basis.

If you think that Spurs' creativity will be too much for Bolton then are offering 1/2 on them getting through to the next round at the first attempt. In fact conspiracy theorists at White Hart Lane might like to consider the odds of Spurs winning the cup at odds of 10/1. They won it in '62 and then '82 and now 20 years later they are looking like they could well be in with a shot again.

Matt Pomroy


Dean Richards returns to the Tottenham team for the visit of Bolton, so Glenn Hoddle will make one change despite his side's 5-1 thrashing of Chelsea on Wednesday.

The central defender missed the Worthington Cup win as he was cup-tied, but will replace Anthony Gardner, who has an ankle injury.

Les Ferdinand will be given until Saturday morning to shake off a neck problem that saw him miss the Chelsea clash. Long-term injury victims Stephen Carr, Steffen Freund and Christian Ziege are all absent while keeper Kasey Keller is on international duty.

Striker Dean Holdsworth and midfielder Paul Warhurst are both available for Bolton after serving three-match bans - but could both miss out with thigh and calf injuries respectively.

Left-back Simon Charlton is also doubtful with a calf strain and could be replaced by Mike Whitlow and Colin Hendry and Per Frandsen have already been ruled out.

Bo Hansen, who scored against Middlesbrough last week, could come into the starting line-up while German international Fredi Bobic looks for his first goal in English football.

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Match Result
Tottenham 1/2
Draw 5/2
Bolton 5/1

Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 6/1
Tottenham 2-0 11/2
Tottenham 2-1 7/1
Tottenham 3-0 9/1
Tottenham 3-1 9/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 20/1
Tottenham 4-1 18/1
Tottenham 4-2 40/1
Tottenham 5-0 40/1
Tottenham 5-1 40/1
Tottenham 6-0 80/1
Tottenham 6-1 80/1
Tottenham 7-0 100/1
Tottenham 7-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 13/2
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Bolton 1-0 11/1
Bolton 2-0 28/1
Bolton 2-1 20/1
Bolton 3-0 80/1
Bolton 3-1 66/1
Bolton 3-2 66/1
Bolton 4-0 100/1
Bolton 4-1 100/1
Bolton 4-2 100/1

Half Time/Full Time
Tottenham/Tottenham 11/10
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Bolton 45/1
Draw/Tottenham 7/2
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Bolton 11/1
Bolton/Tottenham 29/1
Bolton/Draw 16/1
Bolton/Bolton 11/1

First Goalscorer
L Ferdinand 4/1
T Sheringham 4/1
S Iversen 6/1
S Rebrov 6/1
G Poyet 7/1
D Anderton 10/1
O Leonhard 12/1
T Sherwood 14/1
S Davies 16/1
M Etherington 20/1
D Richards 25/1
L King 33/1
B Thatcher 40/1
M Taricco 40/1
C Perry 40/1
R Gardner 50/1
No Scorer 8/1
M Ricketts 7/1
F Bobic 8/1
D Holdsworth 8/1
R Wallace 10/1
B Hansen 10/1
K Nolan 12/1
Pedersen 14/1
R Gardener 20/1
J Johnson 20/1
N Southall 25/1
G Farrelly 25/1
P Warhurst 33/1
D Diawara 40/1
G Bergsson 40/1
B N'gotty 40/1
S Charlton 50/1
M Whitlow 66/1
A Barness 66/1

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