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Spurs v Derby 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).

Tottenham Hotspur
White Hart Lane
Monday 15th October
Derby County
8 Games 7
11 Goals scored 5
1.38 Ave goals per game 0.71
33% Shooting Accuracy 48%
12% Goals to shots % 9%
3,379 Passes 2,475
75% Pass completion % 75%
70% Tackle success rate % 76%
13 Goals conceded 12
1.63 Ave goals conceded per game 1.71
116 Fouls 113
14 Yellow cards 22
2 Red cards 1
9,609 Opta Index Score 8,932

Tottenham Hotspur v Derby County

Colin Todd takes charge of Derby County in the Premiership for the first time since he was installed as manager last Monday. And the former Middlesbrough and Bolton boss needs to get off to a winning start to help the Rams climb out of the relegation zone.

Without a league win since the opening day, Derby chairman Lionel Pickering decided to install Todd and offered Jim Smith a role as Director of Football but the 'Bald Eagle' declined the Rams' offer and decided to leave the club.

Fortunately for the players there should not be much of a transitional period, as Todd first arrived at Pride Park last year as assistant manger. And he was given a lot of credit for reviving the team's fortunes that saw them avoid relegation with a memorable win at Old Trafford last May.

Todd tightened up the defence and they kept 13 clean sheets after his arrival, a fine return when you consider that Mart Poom had not managed a single shut-out in the opening 11 matches.

But the Rams face a tricky encounter in front of the Sky cameras on Monday evening and a trip to White Hart Lane, where they have not won a league game for 12 years. A Spurs team whose tally of 11 goals in the Premiership has only been bettered by Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton will test Todd's defensive unit.

Glenn Hoddle's team play a cute brand of football with a noticeable style of rapid, short passes but a lack of pace throughout the team often means that they don't always harm the opposition in the way they should.

Their 33% shooting accuracy is the lowest in the Premiership and 15 percentage points inferior to the Rams' ratio. Nevertheless they do posses in Teddy Sheringham one of the top 10 strikers in the latest Opta Index. The veteran striker has been in scintillating form this season, prising open the tightest defences with an astute through ball or deft flick on in addition to netting three times in recent games.

And it may be worth placing a few quid on Sheringham breaching the Rams' rearguard with an 4/1 flutter with on the England striker netting the first goal of the game.

If there's not an early goal in this contest, then it could be a laborious game for the Spurs patrons inside White Hart Lane and the viewers on television, but as long as Derby pick up some valuable points on their travels you won't hear much grumbling come from the supporters situated in the away enclosure.

Benji Romaner

Match referee: M. Halsey

Hertfordshire official Mark Halsey could need a few pencils on Monday night as Derby have amassed 22 cautions already this season - the most in the Premiership - and this is likely to be a stop-start affair.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
M. Halsey 63 0 7 1 45.00
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Christian Ziege should return to the Spurs' line-up after being sidelined with a knee injury. Goran Bunjevcevic could play wearing a face mask after fracturing his cheekbone a couple of weeks ago against Chelsea.

Derby striker Deon Burton is hoping to keep his place in the starting XI after playing in the midweek loss to Fulham.

Brian O'Neil (ankle) is definitely out after undergoing an operation last week, and Mart Poom, Horacio Carbonari and Giorgi Kinkladze are likely to remain sidelined.

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Match Result
Tottenham 4/7
Draw 12/5
Derby 9/2
Correct Score
Tottenham 1-0 6/1
Tottenham 2-0 11/2
Tottenham 2-1 7/1
Tottenham 3-0 10/1
Tottenham 3-1 10/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 25/1
Tottenham 4-1 22/1
Tottenham 4-2 50/1
Tottenham 5-0 50/1
Tottenham 5-1 50/1
Tottenham 6-0 100/1
Tottenham 6-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 17/2
Draw 1-1 6/1
Draw 2-2 16/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Derby 1-0 10/1
Derby 2-0 25/1
Derby 2-1 18/1
Derby 3-0 66/1
Derby 3-1 50/1
Derby 3-2 50/1
Derby 4-0 100/1
Derby 4-1 100/1
Derby 4-2 100/1
Double Result
Tottenham/Tottenham 11/8
Tottenham/Draw 16/1
Tottenham/Derby 45/1
Draw/Tottenham 7/2
Draw/Draw 4/1
Draw/Derby 10/1
Derby/Tottenham 28/1
Derby/Draw 16/1
Derby/Derby 10/1
First Goalscorer
Sherringham 4/1
Ferdinand 9/2
Rebrov 5/1
Poyet 7/1
Anderton 9/1
Leonhardsen 12/1
Sherwood 12/1
Davies 20/1
Etherington 20/1
Ziege 20/1
Richards 25/1
Thatcher 33/1
Bunjevcevic 33/1
King 33/1
Freund 40/1
Perry 50/1
Thelwell 50/1
Taricco 50/1
No Goalscorer 17/2
Burton 8/1
Christie 8/1
Ravanelli 8/1
Morris 12/1
Burley 14/1
Kinkladze 16/1
Johnson 25/1
Valakari 33/1
Powell 33/1
Higginbotham 33/1
Boertien 33/1
Murrray 33/1
Riggott 40/1
Daino 40/1
Carbonari 40/1
Mawene 50/1
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