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Rupert Wyman 6th Mar 2012 - 10:21

Defoe can Spur them on

Tottenham take on Stevenage in an FA Cup replay and they will be looking to progress into the next round. A place in the top four of the Premier League looks likely and with it a spot in next season's Champions League and more funds to buy players.

However, this is their only realistic chance of winning silverware this season. They mathematically have a chance of winning the league but it now looks unlikely. They may rotate the team at White Hart Lane, their squad is strong enough to beat Stevenage.

Tottenham are 1/5 to win the match, the draw is 11/2 and a Stevenage win is 12/1.  Tottenham have not conceded a goal in their five FA Cup matches this season and they are 3/4 to keep a clean sheet. You can back them to win to nil at 11/10.

Stevenage have not won any of their last five games in all competitions, drawing three and losing two. If you fancy taking on Tottenham, Stevenage are 8/1 to qualify. You can back them 8/1 draw no bet and Stevenage or the draw is 3/1.

Tottenham have suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since September 2010 (all competitions). Redknapp being linked with the England squad may have unsettled the team but they have been due a bad run, their form this season has been exceptional.

Jermain Defoe has scored eight goals in his last eleven FA Cup starts. He has often had to play a bit role because Adebayor and Van der Vaart have started ahead of him. However, he is likely to start with Van der Vaart out and he is 11/4 to score the first goal and 10/11 anytime scorer.

The Match Winner is Tottenham to win by four or more goals at 3/1, it has been enhanced from 14/5. Stevenage did not roll over at home but there is too much quality at the Lane, with several players likely to be given an opportunity to impress Redknapp, it could be a goal-fest.

Redknapp knows that between now and the end of the season, he needs to impress the FA chairman David Bernstein. Since he has been cleared of fraud and been linked with the job, results have worsened.

Bernstein is likely to be in the crowd and he will want to see Tottenham out-think and out-fight a Stevenage side that will be rough and ready and play the long-ball. This time Spurs will be playing on a better surface and they should be able to out-pass their opponents.

Tottenham will be without Kaboul and with Redknapp naming a much changed side, Stevenage may fancy their chances of finding the back of the net. Both teams to score is 4/5 and if you fancy the minnows to take the lead, Spurs can be backed at 6/1 to come from behind and win.



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