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Stuart Dalgleish 5th Nov 2010 - 22:41

It’s not all about Bale!

Two seasons ago Gareth Bale couldn't buy a game for Tottenham, now he's the most sought after player in Europe.

Harry Redknapp has said he wouldn't welcome any bid for the Welshman in the January window, but make no mistake about it they will get plenty of offers and I would be surprised to see him still at White Hart Lane next season.

That's a headache for the manager to deal with at a later date, for now he has to try get Spurs (6/4) to pick up three points at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton (2/1, the draw is also 2/1) for the first time.

It's quite a remarkable stat really when you consider that more often than not Bolton are fighting to stay in the division or just about poking their heads into the top half of the table, while Spurs have constantly been a team that challenges for European places.

It's a run that I can see being extended a little bit longer yet, more than likely through a draw.

Bolton have drawn three times already at home this season and six in total, while Spurs have struggled to find their usual rhythm after a Champions League match.

While they have won a couple of times following European excursions, they can't really say they've bossed games from start to finish, a couple of times their performances have been flat until the second half of games.

It's not just the 'European hangover' factor either that makes me think the spoils will be shared, the injury list is growing for Tottenham, with Rafael van der Vaart adding to it after the Inter game and their defence just can't keep clean sheets, especially at Bolton.

The Trotters have never failed to score against Spurs in the Premier League at home, and you have to go way back to 1948 for the last time the Tottenham net didn't bulge in any game with Bolton north of London, 8/11 on both teams to score may be short but it's surely worth a few quid.

Now we've established that Bolton are definitely going to score, you might as well put your money on Kevin Davies to get that goal, the recently-capped England striker has four goals in his last three Reebok Stadium appearances against Spurs and could be a great shout at 8/1 to pounce first, 11/4 just to score at any time looks a good price too.

For Tottenham, Robbie Keane could be the man to strike if he starts; he's scored eight Premier League goals against Bolton which is his joint-highest tally against any opponent. The Republic of Ireland man is a 13/2 chance for the first or 15/8 to score at any time, it might be worth backing last goal at 13/2 though if he comes off the bench in the second half.

Bolton are boosted by the return of Martin Petrov (11/1 first goal) after the Bulgarian missed last weekend's defeat to Liverpool, Matt Taylor (16/1) will likely be the fall guy should Owen Coyle decide to put the winger straight into the starting XI.

The Wanderers chief has no new injuries to worry about.

As previously mentioned, the absentees for Spurs are mounting.

The classy Van der Vaart will be a massive loss after his stunning start to life in England, and Aaron Lennon is struggling too with a hamstring injury, I'll be here all day listing the rest of the out of action players but needless to say Redknapp will be counting down the days till he can add some re-enforcements in the January window.

 

 
 
 

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