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Derby v Tottenham - Head-to-Head

Posted on 1 February 2002  - 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).

Fabrizio Ravanelli Teddy Sheringham
Minutes on pitch 1971 1941
Goals 8 5
Goals/Shots ratio 16% 10%
Shots On Target 25 23
Shooting Accuracy 50% 44%
Goal Assists 2 3
Passing Accuracy 69% 77%
Fouls 36 25
Offsides 48 16
Yellow Cards 4 3
Red Cards 0 1
First Goalscorer Odds 11/2 11/2
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Fabrizio Ravanelli
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A new dawn is upon Derby County with the appointment of John Gregory as their third manager of the season and the former Aston Villa boss will hope his new charges can get off to the best possible start with three points over Tottenham on Saturday.

A lot will depend on star striker Fabrizio Ravanelli being able to lead the line well and bag his first Premiership goal since December. That strike coincidentally was against Villa in a rare 3-1 win for the Rams.

The veteran striker expects Gregory to make changes and bring new faces to the club, but Ravanelli himself should be guaranteed a starting place in the remaining 14 matches, as the team will need to utilize all his experience if they are to perform a minor miracle and escape the drop.

The former Juventus and Lazio front man has a 16% goals-to-shots ratio this season, rather more impressive than his rival forward on Saturday, Tottenham's Teddy Sheringham, who has found the back with just one in ten of his goal attempts this season.

And Ravanelli has also kept goalkeepers slightly busier; forcing a save every 79 minutes on average, while Sheringham usually tests opposing Premiership shot-stoppers every 84 minutes. Champion bookmakers surreySPORTS offer 15/8 on the Derby talisman leading his side to a much-needed three points against Spurs in this high-noon showdown in front of a live television audience.

But Spurs veteran Teddy Sheringham has been a constant thorn in Derby's side in recent encounters. He played a pivotal role in the Rams' three-one defeat at White Hart Lane last October, setting up a goal for Christian Ziege, and he was also on the scoresheet when he was part of a Manchester United side that won 3-0 at Pride Park last season.

However one of Ravanelli's eight Premiership goals did come in that defeat at White Hart Lane when he got the better of Spurs' young defender Ledley King and the Londoners' rearguard was severely undone by Newcastle in midweek when they crashed to a 3-1 defeat at home to the title chasers.

Manager Glenn Hoddle will hope his team can learn from that lesson and be a lot tighter against the likes of Ravanelli and strike partner Malcolm Christie, because at the other end he can call upon Sheringham to fashion a goal for his side.

The former England international has three goal assists to his name this season and his distribution is sharper than Ravanelli's with 77% of his balls picking out a team-mate compared to the Italian's 69% ratio.

But with the Rams in such a perilous position at the foot of the table the only outcome which matters on Saturday is three points, and it would be a great fillip for Gregory's fledgling reign if they can record their first win in six games this weekend.

Ben Romaner