Two teams in poor form clash at White Hart Lane on Saturday in a Premiership encounter which even at this early stage of the season is critical for both under-fire managers.
Derby manager Jim Smith who released his autobiography "It's only a game" this week may have more time to promote his memoirs, if the Rams don't improve their dreadful start to the season.
Rooted to the bottom of the table without a win all season, Derby crashed 4-0 at home to Liverpool last weekend, failing to force Sander Westerveld into making a single save.
Surprisingly, Derby have the best goals to shots ratio in the Premiership, finding the back of the net with 19% of their efforts. It has been suggested that it was the Rams clinical finishing that managed to secure them a few early season draws.
Nevertheless they are more potent in attack than Spurs, who have only taken one point out of the last 12 and after another poor display at Coventry last week the fans were again calling for George Graham's head.
Along with second-bottom Bradford, the north Londoners have the worst shooting accuracy in the Premiership (39%). Graham's excuse that he needs six more players to add to his squad before Spurs can make an impression on the Premiership, is wearing thin with the club's impatient fans.
The jeers for Graham would increase if Derby were to grab their first win of the season and their first league victory at Tottenham in almost 11 years on Saturday. The Rams are available at 11/2, with Spurs BET to achieve this feat.
German midfielder Steffen Freund lambasted his own performance in the defeat at Highfield Road last weekend claiming he gave away the ball too easily. While Herr Freund may have a poor distribution, as a whole Spurs have a better pass completion rate than Derby. Seventy-two per cent of the Lilywhites passes have found their intended target, in contrast to the Rams 70% passing accuracy.
Defensively Derby, have the upper hand winning more of their tackles than Spurs. Indeed only Coventry City have a better tackle success rate than Jim Smith's side. But Smith feels his team aren't aggressive enough despite having the worst disciplinary record according to the Opta accumulative points system for fouls, and yellow and red cards.
Saturday's match at White Hart Lane will probably not turn out to be a classic, but for one manager it could prove to be the kick-start to the season they so desperately need. Although if Derby suffer their third consecutive defeat Jim Smith can claim it's only a game