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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).

Tottenham Hotspur

White Hart Lane

Saturday 21st October, 2000

Derby County
9 Games 9
12 Goals scored 14
1.33 Ave goals per game 1.55
39% Shooting Accuracy 47%
10% Goals to shots % 19%
3772 Passes 3214
72% Pass completion % 70%
74% Tackle success rate % 77%
13 Goals conceded 23
1.44 Ave goals conceded per game 2.55
131 Fouls 158
13 Yellow cards 20
0 Red cards 1

Spurs v Derby

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

. Benji Romaner

Matchday Referee: M Dean

In his first term as a Premiership official, Mike Dean has been a pretty lenient referee awarding on average 2.25 yellow cards per game. This is good news for Derby who apart from Chelsea have received more cautions than any other team in the Premiership this season. Mr Dean's laissez-farie approach annoyed Charlton officials last week when he failed to caution Alan Smith after the Leeds striker lunged at Richard Rufus in the clash at Elland Road last week.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
M Dean 79 0 9 0 26.50

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Anderton to score 3/1
Sherwood to score 3/1
Kinkladze to score 4/1
Burley to score 7/2
Rebrov hat-trick 16/1
Strupar hat-trick 33/1
Spurs clean sheet 10/11
Derby clean sheet 7/2
A penalty is scored 4/1
A penalty is missed 12/1
A sending off 4/1

Spurs have a striker shortage with Steffen Iversen ruled out with a knee injury and Sergei Rebrov is a doubt with a thigh strain. Derby defender Chris Riggott should be available after a knock on his knee against Liverpool.
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Rebrov 4/1
Ferdinand 11/2
Iversen 11/2
Armstrong 6/1
Leonhardsen 12/1
Sherwood 12/1
Anderton 12/1
Korsten 14/1
Clemence 16/1
Carr 20/1
Thatcher 33/1
Freund 40/1
Perry 40/1
Taricco 50/1
No Goalscorer 15/2
Strupar 7/1
Christie 15/2
Burton 15/2
Sturridge 8/1
Kinkladze 16/1
Burley 16/1
Carbonari 16/1
Schnoor 20/1
Johnson 20/1
Delap 20/1
Higginbotham 25/1
Powell 25/1
Valakari 33/1
Bragstad 40/1
Elliott 40/1
Riggott 50/1
No Goalscorer 15/2
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8/15 Tottenham win 11/2 Derby win 12/5 Draw
Tottenham Correct
6/1 1-0 11/1
13/2 2-0 28/1
15/2 2-1 20/1
9/1 3-0 80/1
9/1 3-1 66/1
28/1 3-2 66/1
22/1 4-0 -
20/1 4-1 -
40/1 4-2 -
40/1 5-0 -
50/1 5-1 -
15/2 0-0 15/2
6/1 1-1 6/1
16/1 2-2 16/1
50/1 3-3 50/1
Half-Time/Full Time
5/4 Tottenham Tottenham
16/1 Tottenham Draw
50/1 Tottenham Derby
7/2 Draw Tottenham
4/1 Draw Draw
12/1 Draw Derby
28/1 Derby Tottenham
16/1 Derby Draw
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