Blackpool v Tottenham Betting Preview

Spurs have only lost once in their last six games away from The Lane and have won the their last three away games on the bounce.

After last week's historic victory in Italy, Tottenham will have to motivate themselves for probably the least glamorous fixture in the Premiership calendar. But Harry Redknapp will be well aware that this game is as important as any if they are to ply their trade in the Champions League again next season.

If they are to win it will be without their two top scorers, Rafael Van der Vaart misses out with a calf injury and Gareth Bale is still suffering with a back problem. Vedran Corluka and Jonathan Woodgate are also unavailable after picking up injuries in Milan.

Blackpool have no fresh injuries coming into this fixture.

Away Teams Have Enjoyed Trips to the Seaside

Blackpool's collapse since the turn of the year has been almost as spectacular as their magnificent form of 2010. They have picked up a meagre four points from a possible 27 in 2011 and last won a fixture on 12th January.

Ian Holloway's men also have the unenviable tag of the worst home record in the division picking up only 12 points in as many games. They have won just one of their last six at Bloomfield Park losing four in the process.

Spurs in contrast are on their best winning streak of the season having won their last four in all competitions. The have only lost once in their last six games away from The Lane and have won the their last three away games on the bounce.

Due to Spurs' recent good form and bearing in mind that Blackpool have lost all five of their games against the current top five, backing the away side at 4/5 looks a sensible bet.

Tic-Tac-Defoe

In Van der Vaart's absence it will interesting to see what tactics Redknapp employs. With an impressive squad depth the Tottenham gaffer has a whole range of options. He could abandon his much favoured 4-4-1-1 for a 4-4-2 allowing either Jermain Defoe or Roman Pavlyuchenko a rare chance to impress or he could have Luka Modric fill the hole behind the striker and keep the impressive Sandro in his starting XI. Whatever side he fields Blackpool will be facing formidable opposition.

With seven in Europe and only two in the league Peter Crouch will be desperate to convert his European goalscoring performances onto the domestic stage and he is 5/1 to net the first goal.

Despite DJ Campbell leading Blackpool's scoring charts with eight goals he has not netted in their last six fixtures. Charlie Adam has three in his last five games so backing him to net his seventh of the season at 5/2 at anytime may be a more strategic punt.

Blackpool have not kept a clean sheet at home all season and Spurs are a team full of attacking potency so this game should have goals. The home side have also conceded 17 whilst netting 10 in their last six games so backing over 2.5 goals at 1/2 looks a logical bet.

Redknapp will feel this is simply a must win game if they are to visit venues such as the San Siro again next year and Holloway will know their home form must improve or they will be visiting such venues as The Withdean and Oakwell next season.

Written By:- Ben Gledhill (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 22/02/2011 - 10:33 AM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Tottenham


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