Having beaten Spurs at White Hart Lane, Mick McCarthy will be optimistic about his sideâ€™s chances of taking something from this game. Spurs on the other hand need to get back to winning ways after two consecutive draws in the league as the pressure starts to intensify in the race for Champions League football.
Wolves â€“ 10/3
Draw â€“ 5/2
Spurs â€“ 5/6
It took some heroic defending from Villa to earn themselves a draw and the Tottenham players need to ensure they donâ€™t allow themselves to become frustrated at Molineux. Wolves will try to kept things tight as they did against Liverpool, so patience will be important if Spurs donâ€™t score early. If they do then there is always the chance that Defoe could help himself to another haul of goals but against a big side and following on from the defeat against Birmingham, Wolves should be expected to really dig in. Kevin Doyle has been impressive of late and even played up front on his own the Spurs backline will need to keep a close eye on him.
K Doyle â€“ 15/2
S Ebanks-Blake â€“ 8/1
J Cradock â€“ 22/1
J Defoe â€“ 4/1
E Gudjohnsen â€“ 11/2
P Crouch -11/2
T Huddlestone â€“ 14/1
In the middle of the park Spurs should be able to control the pace of the game with the quality of Modric and Huddlestone but things might get a bit tight in there if McCarthy opts for a five man midfield. In which case, with Lennon still out injured, we could see some more direct balls up to Crouch, who can disrupt Wolvesâ€™ backline and create opportunities for Defoe.
As long as Spurs are prepared to work hard and donâ€™t allow themselves to become frustrated should Wolves get men behind the ball, then they should take this one. If Defoe has his shooting boots on then the scoreline could go anywhere but against a determined Wolves they may have to settle for a narrow win. Which is still worth three points.
Paddyâ€™s Prediction: Spurs 1-0 at 11/2.
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