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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Derby v Spurs - 09.02.08

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Derby County

Premier Pl W D L F - A Pts Home 7 4 3 0 14 - 5 15 Away 6 2 0 4 6 - 9 6 ======================================= Total (Prem) 13 6 3 3 20 -13 21 ======================================= Football Lge Home (Div 1) 24 13 4 7 41 -25 31 Away (Div 1) 24 3 8 13 29 -60 16 ======================================= Total(Div 1) 48 16 12 20 70 -85 47 ======================================= Football Lge Home (Div 2) 1 0 1 0 0 - 0 1 Away (Div 2) 1 0 1 0 1 - 1 1 ======================================= Total(Div 2) 2 0 2 0 1 - 1 2 ======================================= Total (Prem) 13 6 3 3 20 -13 21 Total (Div1) 48 16 12 20 70 -85 47 Total (Div2) 2 0 2 0 1 - 1 2 ======================================= Grand Total 63 22 17 24 91 -100 70 =======================================

Last Six Premiership results:-

Derby

Derby      1-2   Blackburn
Bolton     1-0   Derby
Derby      0-1   Wigan
P'tsmouth  3-1   Derby
Derby      1-1   Man City
B'mingham  1-1   Derby

Spurs

Spurs      6-4   Reading
A. Villa   2-1   Spurs
Chelsea    2-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   S'derland
Everton    0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Man Utd

Pos        P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
11 Spurs  25  7  8 10  45-41   4  29
20 Derby  25  1  6 18  13-52 -39   9
Jermaine Jenas scored in our 4-0 win over Derby in August. When Spurs beat Derby 4-0 on August 18th and obtained their first points of the season, I said then that Derby were surely destined to finish 20th in the Premier League table. For most of the season, "The Rams" have occupied the bottom slot, but Spurs will face a different side to that which performed so poorly.

Then, they fielded Stephen Bywater, Steve Howard, Andy Griffin (as substitute), and Matt Oakley, all of whom have been shipped out in the January window. (Bywater on loan). Howard managed one (deflected) goal in his 14 league games, and is surely playing at an appropriate level in the Championship for Leicester, where he has already scored twice in 4 games.

There have been changes under new manager Paul Jewell, and Spurs fans can look forward to seeing Robbie Savage playing in midfield, having returned to the Midlands despite the previous urge to go to Blackburn for family reasons! Other arrivals include Australian striker Mile Sterjovski, whose work permit has been approved after signing from Turkish club Genclerbirligi Oftasspor, goalkeeper Roy Carroll (from Rangers), our own Hossam Ghaly (on loan), former Man City full back Danny Mills, former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert, former Everton Captain Alan Stubbs, and an Argentinean striker Emanuel Villa from UAG in Mexico.

Ghaly will not be allowed to play, but if Savage and Carroll are in the line-up, Spurs will have plenty to boo about! Carroll, of course was the man who successfully hid the fact that he clawed Pedro Mendes goal out of the Old Trafford net on January 4th 2005. (not that this event is etched upon my memory cells at all!)

Robert has been a previous tormentor of Spurs, when playing for Newcastle, and along with Carroll, Savage, Ghaly and Stubbs, did play in last week's creditable draw at Birmingham. That was only Derby's ninth point of the season, but having also managed a home draw the previous week against Man City, their form is on the up! At present Derby are grateful to Newcastle for almost half their league tally to date, and their only league win of the season. Scottish International striker Kenny Miller was signed from Celtic after or home game, and will be another player to watch.

You will have gathered that my message about this match is that Spurs should not under-estimate Derby, and those that forecast a convincing win may need to re-consider. However, Spurs have also changed radically since August, and Juande Ramos has turned them into a team that has reached a CUp Final, thrashed their near rivals, and competed with that same team in cup and league. Spurs have managed to compete with Man Utd in recent years under Martin Jol, but so nearly beat them last week.

It is under the management of Ramos that Jenas has won a recall to the England squad and wore the coveted number 8 shirt of Fabio Capello. Jenas will be brimming with confidence after scoring this week against Switzerland, and will perhaps be given more freedom in Saturday's Spurs team.

Alan Hutton will surely play again, bearing in mind he will have to sit out Spurs next two games against Slavia Prague. That probably means that Chris Gunter will return to left back, with Chimbonda perhaps being rested ahead of the UEFA Cup. Young-Pyo Lee has had a long mid-week journey and may also be rested.

I don't think this will be as easy a game as some might believe, but will predict a 2-0 win for Spurs.

Did you know? The last time we played Derby at Pride Park, we lost 1-0, and er, we were due to play in the League Cup Final on February 24th 2002. Let's hope we do better in the forthcoming final against Chelsea!

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