Ten goals in two games, split evenly, isnt a bad way to bounce back from two straight defeats. Three strikers in goal scoring form is the kind of headache Harry Redknapp will gladly accept. A defence that has been crippled with injury is one he could have done without.
The good news is that Bassong is fit but Defoe will miss out after his freak finger injury. So thats Keane and Crouch to start up front and the manager will be hoping they form an effective big man-little man partnership as he hopes to bring the London sides eleven year wait for a league win at the Reebok Stadium.
Despite the improvement this season its difficult to ignore that record and with Bolton unbeaten in four games Spurs will be happy to leave with the three points without the recent deluge of goals. The home side isnt exactly packed with guile but they will provide a physical test and if they go for the direct attack plan the club has become known for since Allardyces days, then the Spurs defence could struggle a little, especially in the air, However if the visitors can get the ball down and control the tempo of the game through Huddlestone and Kranjcar, releasing Lennon down the right wing to provide some quality balls in to the box for Crouch and if Keane is as clinical as he was against Burnley, then Redknapp will feel rightly pleased to return to White Hart Lane with a very decent win.
Crouch, as always seems to be the case, will feel he has a point to prove after being dropped following his Carling Cup hat-trick and is 11/2 to score first. 10/11 for Tottenham to prove they the steal to go with their flair?
By Rob Dore
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