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In pole position, in good form and yet doubts still remain over Tottenhams ability to finish out the season on the top four. Those doubts are natural when youve never done something before but the signs have been there in recent weeks that they have the mettle necessary to be playing Champions League football next season.

The performances havent always been great but like all successful sides, Spurs are digging out results when they need to and the emergence of Pavlyuchenko seems to have pushed them to another level.

First Goalscorer
Roman Pavlyuchenko – 7/2
Peter Crouch – 4/1
Eidur Gudjohnsen – 9/2
Nike Kranjcar – 13/2
Luka Modric 7/1
Tom Hudlestone 12/1

Despite the continued absences of their first choice centre-halves Tottenham have been solid in defence, with Dawson and Bassong forming a decent partnership in front of the excellent Gomes. Only United have conceded fewer at home.

Looking to this weekend’s game at home to Portsmouth, it doesnt bode well for the visitors. Although theyve shown signs of fight since Grant took over, it doesn’t take much to knock the wind out of their sails and having conceded 4 and 5 goals against Liverpool and Chelsea, respectively, in recent weeks, they are there to be beaten at White Hart Lane.

Roman Pavlyuchenko to score a hat trick – 10/1
Spurs to win by 4 or more goals – 4/1
Spurs to come from behind and win 17/2

With Pavlyuchenko in the form he’s in, presuming he hasn’t had a reoccurrence of that not very potent illness he had midweek, he’s the obvious choice to back in the goalscoring markets. He’s a short 7/2 to score first and if he starts the 5/6 on him to score first looks as close to a sure thing as you’ll get this weekend. Eidur Gudjohnsen has been making an impact late in games at the 9/2 for him to finish off the scoring is worth a look, especially if he starts on the bench.

Spurs are 2/9 to win in 90 minutes but if they go after Portsmouth from the start then they’re worth taking on -2 goals at 13/8, in fact the -3 goals at 4/1 is more than tempting. With Arsenal, Chelsea and United coming up, Redknapp knows how important winning beating Portsmouth really is. A home win, plenty of goals and three points looks the likeliest outcome.

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