It was an entertaining game last weekend for the mighty Spurs. If anything it was a little too entertaining. Thankfully the usually solid Gomes made up for his previous errors with that late penalty stop and Tottenham head to Blackpool on a six game unbeaten run which has included wins over Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as last week’s home draw with Chelsea.
Now that’s the form of a side who should be looking to challenge for the title. But let’s not go jinxing things by getting too hopeful too soon.
To keep that run going, Spurs have a tougher task than many would have expected pre-season. Blackpool have impressed as much with their performances on the midfield as their manager has confused us with his interviews off it. Which is really saying something. With just one defeat in their last seven Ian Holloway’s side have recovered from their early season beatings at the hands of Arsenal and Chelsea, which didn’t augur well for remaining in the Premier League, to become a team which is looking safe for next season and may even be casting a cheeky eye at the Europa League places.
There’s no question Spurs have the more talented pool of players but they won’t be able to phone in a performance at Bloomfield Road if they want to return to London with all three points.
There’s nothing to suggest they will though and with success in the Champions League and the Premier League we’re starting to see players really step up in what has to be one of the most competitive squads around. Except at centre-back perhaps. If they put in the kind of effort which has become the norm during this recent good spell of form then even a feisty side like Blackpool will struggle to contain the likes of Modric, Bale and Defoe. The latter of which is a welcome sight in a Tottenham shirt again.
With the influential Charlie Adam’s out after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season, there may be a little less drive amongst the Tangerines. If they are any way tentative then Spurs would do well to press them early, try to score first and then force them on the attack, leaving space in behind for the pace of Bale and Defoe to exploit. Defoe is the 4/1 favourite to score first whilst we haven’t seen Bale on the score-sheet for a few games so he could be worth taking on at 7/1 to score first.
If the 4/6 on Tottenham to win is too short for you then you could go for the riskier -1 goal at 8/5. The two games Blackpool have lost at home have been by a single goal so the handicap is a risk. There’s always more profit to be made in the correct score market where Tottenham 2-1 at 13/2 looks a safe choice.
If Harry really does believe that his side can challenge for the title this season then these are the games they need to win. Will the future look even brighter after beating the men in orange?
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