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Spurs v Derby - Head to Head

Posted on 20 October 2000  - 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).

ANDERTON KINKLADZE
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 438 270
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 1 1
Shots on Target 4 1
Shooting Accuracy 40% 100%
PASSING
Goal Assists 2 1
Passing Accuracy 68% 81%
Crossing Accuracy 33% 20%
DRIBBLING
Dribbles & Runs 9 19
Dribble Completion 89% 74%
DISCIPLINE
Yellow Cards 1 0
Red Cards 0 0
First Goalscorer Odds 12/1 16/1
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Darren Anderton
Georgi Kinkladze

Darren Anderton only seems to appear in the Tottenham side for a handful of games at a time before picking up another injury, so Spurs will want to make the most of him when he's there. Similarly, Derby have one of the Premiership's most exciting players in Georgi Kinkladze and rely heavily on his ability to create chances for others.

A team's creative player is often the most popular, but usually the most frustrating also. Anderton has only embarked on nine dribbles and runs in the 438 minutes he has played this season and - especially in the absence of David Ginola - more is expected of him.

Kinkladze has completed 19 dribbles and runs in the three full games he's played this season - one every 14 minutes. It's that kind of attacking mentality, that fans want to see and given that the little Georgian has also completed 81% of his passes, it is easy to see why so much is expected of Kinkladze.

In their own way, Spurs (like Derby) are underachieving again this season and with their star winger having had just four shots on target and only 69% of passes completed, it's little wonder that Anderton has such a long face.

The Ram's Georgian has - inexplicably to many - been left out of Derby's starting line-up on several occasions this season, despite being a potent threat to even the best defences. His brilliant goal against Leeds, following a trademark mazy dribble, was a stark reminder to manager Jim Smith of what he can do for the side and he will be a key player in the match at White Hart Lane.

But so far this season, both Anderton and Kinkladze have only scored once, with the Spurs winger having set up two strikes - one more than the Georgian. That figure looks set to rise for the Derby player because despite playing for the team at the bottom of the table, Kinkladze has completed 70% of his passes in the final third of the pitch - 16 percentage points better than Anderton.

Both these attacking midfielders have played and scored at the highest level and should be leading by example for their respective teams. A quarter of the way through the season and their report cards will read, must try harder, and White Hart Lane this Saturday will be a good place to start improving.

Matt Pomroy