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Derby v Spurs - Head-to-Head

Posted on 1 March 2001  - 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).

Minutes on pitch 1803 1547
Goals 4 8
Goals/shots ratio 13% 26%
Shots on target 17 17
Shooting accuracy 55% 55%
Goal Assists 1 1
Passing Accuracy 68% 70%
Fouls 60 37
Offside 27 23
Yellow Cards 3 2
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 11/2 6/1
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Deon Burton
Les Ferdinand

Derby's diminutive hitman Deon Burton dusted himself down last weekend to convert the match-winning spot kick at home to Aston Villa, as the Rams' survival bid continues.

Burton was felled by a clumsy Gareth Barry challenge in the box, and the Jamaican international was the model of composure as he side-footed the penalty he had just won past David James, for his fourth goal in the 2000-01 Premiership.

Tottenham's Les Ferdinand was similarly sharp in front of goal last weekend. Following an error by his cousin Rio, the former Newcastle and England forward pounced on a Sergei Rebrov through-ball and blasted the ball home for his eight league strike of the campaign.

But while Burton's goal proved to be decisive for Derby, Ferdinand's Spurs couldn't hold on to the lead he had given them and went down to goals by Ian Harte and Lee Bowyer - leaving them just five points clear of Jim Smith's side.

The two contrasting strikers should come face-to-face on Saturday, as Smith's side look to continue their steady upward progress.

Both players have managed 17 shots on target and boast identical shooting accuracies of 55%, but it is Ferdinand who has been the more clinical of the two. The Premiership's third-highest scorer of all time continues to make an impact in the final third, netting a fantastic 26% of all strikes at goal - twice as good as his Derby counterpart.

The 34-year-old striker has struggled with injury over the last few seasons, but he remains one of the top flight's deadlier predators, and has shown that his power and pace still cause countless problems for opposition defenders.

Burton cannot match the Tottenham front man for sheer size and strength, but the former Portsmouth striker relies on a good turn of pace and the ability to take his man on, skills that have seen him complete two-thirds of his attempted dribbles and runs.

He has also linked well with colleagues, and with a 68% pass completion rate and one goal assist, is one of Derby's more constructive passers.

With both players having found the target last week, confidence shouldn't be a problem for them. Tottenham's number nine looked dangerous in the opening half against Leeds and he can be backed at 6/1 with SpursBet to net the opener.

Tim Wheal