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Derby v Tottenham - OPTA Preview

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).

Derby County
Pride Park
Saturday 2nd February
Tottenham Hotspur
24 Games 24
17 Goals scored 35
0.71 Ave goals per game 1.46
47% Shooting Accuracy 39%
8% Goals to shots % 12%
8,609 Passes 10,525
72% Pass completion % 75%
74% Tackle success rate % 72%
42 Goals conceded 33
1.75 Ave goals conceded per game 1.38
344 Fouls 351
48 Yellow cards 35
3 Red cards 3
8,082 Opta Index Score 9,629

Derby County v Tottenham Hotspur

Morale at White Hart Lane is as high as it has been in years, with Spurs having reached the final of the Worthington Cup and Glenn Hoddle instilling a degree of confidence in the side unheard of in recent times.

However, Tottenham's league form has suffered of late and they go into this clash with Derby having won only one of their last seven Premiership fixtures.

This malaise is nothing compared to the situation at Pride Park though. Derby have lost four league games in a row, been knocked out of the FA Cup by Bristol Rovers and new manager John Gregory clearly has a tough task ahead of him if he wants to avoid relegation in his first few months at the club.

Indeed, Gregory will probably have to quickly get used to working with players of a slightly lower caliber than he had become accustomed to at Aston Villa. Derby do have some outstanding young players such as Chris Riggott and Malcolm Christie, but they have yet to form a side capable of thriving in the Premiership and changes may need to made in the near future.

In terms of passing, the Rams have been accurate with 72% of their distribution this season, which is four percentage points worse than Gregory's Villa side managed and the sixth lowest figure in the division.

Gregory does have a few seasoned internationals at his disposal though, and there can be no doubting that the likes of Fabrizio Ravanelli will be crucial in helping to try and avoid the drop. The former Juventus and Lazio star has scored eight times this term and added two assists as well. That means that Ravanelli has either scored or set up 59% of the Rams' goals since joining the club, highlighting his importance.

Tottenham do not rely on any one player to such an extent, which is important considering their recent history with injuries. Steffen Freund, Christian Ziege and top scorer Les Ferdinand are likely to be missing on Saturday, and that could be a blow as the last two of those players scored in the early season clash with Derby.

However, Tim Sherwood has come into the side's engine room and earned rave reviews, while the likes of Sergei Rebrov and Steffen Iversen will be vying for a place up front with Teddy Sheringham, meaning that there should be no shortage of skill in attack. But although Spurs may have more quality overall, the Rams' players will be desperate to impress their new coach and should be good enough to earn a point against the Londoners.

Rupert Webster

Match referee: U. Rennie

Uriah Rennie is one of the few Premiership officials not to have dismissed a player this season, but he shouldn't need to against two relatively well-disciplined sides. Nevertheless he may have to halt the game on the advice of his assistants as the Rams have been flagged offside more times than any other team this season.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
U. Rennie 316 1 26 0 44.11
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Ravanelli v Sheringham

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Match Result
Derby 15/8
Draw 12/5
Tottenham 11/10

Correct Score
Derby 1-0 7/1
Derby 2-0 12/1
Derby 2-1 10/1
Derby 3-0 33/1
Derby 3-1 25/1
Derby 3-2 28/1
Derby 4-0 100/1
Derby 4-1 80/1
Derby 4-2 80/1
Derby 5-0 100/1
Derby 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 6/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Tottenham 1-0 6/1
Tottenham 2-0 8/1
Tottenham 2-1 7/1
Tottenham 3-0 16/1
Tottenham 3-1 16/1
Tottenham 3-2 25/1
Tottenham 4-0 40/1
Tottenham 4-1 33/1
Tottenham 4-2 50/1
Tottenham 5-0 100/1
Tottenham 5-1 100/1

Double Result
Derby/Derby 4/1
Derby/Draw 16/1
Derby/Tottenham 28/1
Draw/Derby 11/2
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Tottenham 4/1
Tottenham/Derby 33/1
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 5/2

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