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Cup fever takes a back seat this weekend as Blackburn Rovers come to White Hart Lane for a Saturday lunchtime kick off. Liverpool’s poor result and performance on Monday belied their status as fourth place favourites and the final Moneybags League spot appears up for grabs again even to us, despite having the April fixture list from hell still to come.

Blackburn have 34 points and lie in 12th place with one away league win all season so we’ve got to be strong favourites for this one. Peter Crouch’s brace at Ewood Park in December were his last league goals but he’s unlikely to get a chance to alter this from the beginning in this game as Jermain Defoe has apparently recovered from his hamstring strain and is likely to start up front with Pav. King, Woodgate, Bentley, Lennon, Jenas and Huddlestone are all still out meaning that Gareth Bale will probably play on the left with Modric joining Palacios in the middle and Kranjcar on the right.  Kaboul and Walker are available again, Harry will be grateful to have them on the bench if nothing else, last weeks subs line-up did look pretty green especially compared to some we’ve had during the season.

Blackburn have problems in defence with Nelsen, Jacobsen and Grella all either out or struggling.

A visit from a Sam Allardyce team is rarely something to look forward to & a game where one of the highlights is the return of Pascal Chimbonda is obviously an event struggling to attract attention full stop.  Apparently Blackburn have given away more free kicks and been offside more often than any other Premier League side this season.  Howard Webb may have a busy afternoon ahead of him, something for all of us to anticipate with trepidation.

The reception for Paul Robinson may cause Gomes the odd pang of jealousy. If we play to form, the appreciation he’ll receive should be the only thing he leaves with.


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