MATCH PREVIEW: SPURS v DERBY
Posted on: Thu 16 Aug 2007
It might seem a little early in the season to be talking about pressure, but the heat is certainly rising at White Hart Lane.
Defeats in both of their opening two games wasn't on the agenda for likeable boss Martin Jol.
The Dutchman spent heavily over the summer, including a club record £16.5m to bring in Darren Bent - adding to a forward line that already included Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Jermaine Defoe.
Their opening-day encounter at Sunderland was one they would have expected to take something from but instead they were left ruing a lack of concentration in stoppage-time.
A quick opportunity to put things right came on Tuesday night with a televised encounter at home to Everton.
But by half-time they were trailing 3-1 and were booed off by their fans.
To be fair to Spurs they didn't play too badly, it was just that Everton stuck the ball in the back of the net when the opportunities came along.
The jeers grew louder by the final whistle and the White Hart Lane faithful will be demanding nothing less than three points on Saturday.
Boss Martin Jol told www.tottenhamhotspur.com:
"Derby will fight for everything, they want to do well, to make an impression and get points on the board.
"I think if things are going as they should go, even with players out, we should get the three points.
"We have to pick ourselves up, put things right and with the spirit we've got I think we will do that.
Spurs have been dealt a huge blow with news that Bulgarian front-man Dimitar Berbatov, so influential last season, has been ruled out with a groin problem.
He is likely to be out for two weeks and is joined on the sidelines by defender Younes Kaboul, who will be absent for a little longer due to a hamstring injury.
Knee injury victims Lee Young-Pyo and Gareth Bale are making progress, while Michael Dawson remains a doubt.
Ledley King, Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are still on the sidelines.
Derby's last win at White Hart Lane came in October 1997 when Paulo Wanchope scored both in a League Cup third-round success.
In the six-year Premier League spell from 1996 to 2002 the Rams picked up three draws and three defeats.
You have to go back to November 1989 for Derby's last league win there when goals from Ted McMinn and Nick Pickering earned a 2-1 success.
Merseyside's Chris Foy takes the whistle at White Hart Lane.
Foy is one of the English game's most experienced officials and has taken charge of many high-profile encounters.
His opening assignment this season came on Saturday when he oversaw Newcastle United's 3-1 win at Bolton Wanderers.
The Rams' 1-0 win at Sheffield United in April 2005 was the last time he covered a Derby game.