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Nic Ladds 23rd Jan 2009 - 21:37

Berbatov back to haunt sorry Spurs

If Harry Redknapp meant what he said after the Burnley game then odds of 8/1 about Tottenham should be avoided like the plague.

After the midweek shambles where Spurs scraped through to the Carling Cup final after a 3-0 defeat Redknapp claimed he would not risk any of his major players with a Premier League game against Stoke on Tuesday.

This will be music to Alex Ferguson's ears as Manchester United find themselves without key players also and an easy route to round five will be more than welcome.

The likely make shift defences for both sides indicates goals and plenty of them with over two match goals at 4/6 in the betting.

One man who could have an absolute field day is Cristiano Ronaldo who will tear apart an inexperienced defence and will no doubt be popular at odds of 7/2 to score the first goal.

Dimitar Berbatov will see this as great opportunity to haunt his old club and he will be eager to net first at odds of 4/1.

Ryan Giggs should get a run out from the off and the veteran winger looks a good bet at odds of 7/2 to score anytime.

Spurs may well look again to Jermain Defoe to be the source of goals and you won't find him bigger than 8/1 to score first in any other game this season.

With injury doubts about Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko, Fraizer Campbell may get a start and he will be keen to impress at 12/1 to bag the first goal.

Tom Huddlestone was one of the few to come out of the Burnley match with any credit and he likes to shoot from range and could be a decent bet at 12/1 to score anytime with the hit and miss David Bentley another option at 6/1 to score during the game.

If goals are to be on the menu then a score line of 3-0 to Man Utd at odds of 7/1 or 3-1 at 10/1 look appealing. Should Spurs start finding their scoring boots then 3-2 at 28/1 looks big or if Tottenham are to nick it then perhaps 2-1 at 25/1 could be the call.

Neither side will want a replay in the slightest but if there is to be a draw a thrilling 3-3 at 66/1 might take your fancy?

The double result of Man Utd/Man Utd is unsurprisingly short at 5/6 and if Spurs are to be more resilient than most people think then draw half time/Man Utd full time at odds of 10/3 could be the bet.

Some Tottenham youngsters may get a chance to impress and they could well find themselves frustrated against the skills of Ronaldo and likewise if Spurs manage to get a goal then United tempers may flare and cards will be produced.

Over 45 booking points at 19/10 looks a cracking bet as while the teams maybe weakened, you can be sure whoever does start will go at it hell-for-leather so expect some bruising tackles.

Tottenham's chance is summed up by their match odds and that Man Utd -1 goal on the handicap are as short as even money.

This could be seen as a dress-rehearsal for the Carling Cup final but not too much should be read into the result whatever it may be as the teams are likely to be vastly different on cup final day.

'Arry is focusing his intentions on the league clash with Stoke next week and he is wise to do so as Spurs are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Tottenham's ineptitude and lack of strength in depth should have Fergie keeping up his dream of a historic domestic treble.

Dimitar Berbatov to score first - 4/1
Over 45 booking points - 19/10

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