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Posted on 1 March 2001  - 12:00

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Derby County

Pride Park

Saturday 3rd March, 2001

Tottenham Hotspur
28 Games 28
ATTACKING
28 Goals scored 32
1.00 Ave goals per game 1.14
43% Shooting Accuracy 41%
13% Goals to shots % 11%
PASSING
9363 Passes 11060
66% Pass completion % 69%
DEFENDING
70% Tackle success rate % 70%
43 Goals conceded 36
1.54 Ave goals conceded per game 1.29
DISCIPLINE
435 Fouls 427
63 Yellow cards 36
1 Red cards 2

Derby County v Tottenham Hotspur

You could almost hear the knifes sharpen above manager George Graham's head as Spurs fell to their first Premiership defeat at White Hart Lane last Saturday. With Tottenham's tragic away record, one feels that the former Arsenal boss's job is resting on success in the FA Cup - not the easiest task when you're facing a team that has already knocked out Manchester United and Sunderland in the next round.

But quarter-final clashes with West Ham aside, Spurs will be desperate to break their jinx on the road that has seen the Londoners win just once - albeit on their last trip away to Manchester City. And Graham would have preferred easier opposition than Derby County who, despite their lowly league position, have only lost twice at Pride Park all season.

A good recent run in the Premiership - including wins over Sunderland and Aston Villa - has seen the Rams move five points clear of the relegation zone, and boss Jim Smith will be far more confident in the coming weeks. The former Portsmouth manager set a safety target of 39 points by the end of the season, and two more wins would put the Midlanders above that goal.

The real change in Derby has stemmed from the arrival of defensive coach Colin Todd back in November last year. Smith's battlers have kept an amazing 11 clean sheets since then and conceded a paltry 0.88 goals per game - an average well below that of their season-to-date 1.54.

However, if the Rams are to continue their rise up the table, then they will need to start putting the ball in the back of the net with far more regularity. Derby average exactly a goal per game in 2000-01, although do possess a superior shooting accuracy over their visitors on Saturday (43% to 41%).

Spurs, and in particular, their manager Graham know a little bit about defending too and the north Londoners are currently the meanest defence in the Premiership. The two goals they conceded last week against Leeds were the first that had beaten either Neil Sullivan or Ian Walker since the 2nd January.

So with two apparently watertight rearguards on show, SpursBet are 8/1 on a goalless draw at Pride Park for those inclined to spice up their football matches with a bet.

With the pressure on both sides to reign victorious immense for different reasons, it is likely to be a nervy affair in the Midlands. Certainly if Graham is ever going to win over the Tottenham faithful, then returning to London with all three points is a good place to begin.

PO

Matchday Referee: R Harris

Another of the referees vying for a European finish in terms of the strictest officiator of 2000-01 award (it exists, honest), Rob Harris has already produced a hatful of yellow cards and a couple of reds just to balance it up.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
R Harris 291 1 32 2 44.67

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
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Burton v Ferdinand

TEAM NEWS

Jim Smith has Branko Strupar, Malcolm Christie and Deon Burton all pushing for a place up front in his Derby side. Steffen Iversen is likely to be on the bench for Spurs with Les Ferdinand and Sergei Rebrov starting up front. Stephen Carr, Ben Thatcher, Mauricio Taricco, Oyvind Leonhardsen, Chris Perry, Darren Anderton and Chris Armstrong are all absent for the visitors, though Simon Davies is confident of recovering from a virus in time.

FIRST GOALSCORER ODDS
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Derby:
Christie 5/1
Burton 11/2
Delap 6/1
Morris 13/2
Strupar 7/1
Burley 14/1
Eranio 16/1
Boertien 20/1
Johnson 20/1
Carbonari 25/1
Powell 25/1
Murray 33/1
Bragstad 40/1
Higginbotham 40/1
O'Neil 40/1
Riggott 50/1
West 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
Tottenham:
Ferdinand 6/1
Rebrov 6/1
Iversen 13/2
Doherty 8/1
Korsten 10/1
Anderton 12/1
Sherwood 14/1
Davies 16/1
Ethrington 20/1
Clemence 20/1
King 25/1
Freund 33/1
Thatcher 33/1
Perry 33/1
Campbell 40/1
Thelwell 50/1
Young 50/1
No Goalscorer 8/1
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ODDS
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5/4 Derby win
7/4 Tottenham win
11/5 Draw
Derby
Correct
Score
Tottenham
6/1
1-0
7/1
2-0
2-1
3-0
3-1
3-2
4-0
4-1
4-2
5-0
5-1
8/1
0-0
8/1
1-1
2-2
3-3
Half-Time/Full Time
3/1
Derby
Derby
Derby
Draw
Derby
Tottenham
4/1
Draw
Derby
7/2
Draw
Draw
5/1
Draw
Tottenham
Tottenham
Derby
Tottenham
Draw
7/2
Tottenham
Tottenham
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By Road:

Download directions to Pride Park in Microsoft Word format:

- Derby.doc
By Rail:
The Railtrack.com website offers travel information and an easy-to-use journey planner: Railtrack Website