If Tottenham are to bring their mini-drought to an end, what better opposition than a team they’ve hammered 9-1 already this season?
Wigan Athletic / Tottenham – 25/1
Tottenham / Tottenham – 23/10
Draw / Tottenham – 4/1
After a performance which Harry Redknapp labelled their worst of the season, it took until the second half against Bolton in the FA Cup before his players made the required improvements and though they can consider themselves unlucky not to have booked their place in the next round at the Reebok Stadium. If they can carry that urgency into this game then a much needed win is on the cards, as well as some confidence boosting goals.
Wigan have tightened things up of late, conceding just three in their last four league games, but they were simply unable to deal with Spurs attacking play back in November. Wigan have struggled badly against sides who play quick-passing, expansive, attacking football this season. Man United beat them 5-0 home and away, with Arsenal winning 4-0 at the Emirates. If Martinez hasnt figured out how to counter this style of football then an early goal could see his sides spirited resistance crumble and if it does the Defoe can get himself back amongst the goals in style. Having bagged five in their last meeting, the 33-1 on him to score a hat-trick is certainly worth a small bet.
Hugo Rodallega – 13/2
Victor Moses – 8/1
Charles N’Zogbia – 14/1
Jermain Defoe – 9/2
Niko Kranjcar – 12/1
Gareth Bale – 25/1
If styles do make games then this could get ugly for Wigan and evens on Spurs to win looks a good way of doubling your money this weekend. The combination bet of Defoe to score at anytime and the visitors to win is 13/5. In the handicap markets Spurs -1 goal are a decent 3/1, while -2 goals is an even more decent 17/2. A repeat of the 9-1 scoreline may be a little unlikely but its 500-1 if you like those kinds of bets. As always, there are no guarantees in football but if Redknapps side start with confidence and go after an early goal, theyll force Wigan to attack, creating space in behind a defence which, when it falls apart, does so in style. Recent performances from both sides point towards the draw at 23/10 but this one looks like a victory for style over form, and Spurs getting back to winning form in style.
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