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Nic Ladds 10th Jan 2009 - 13:35

It's the Defoe show! (Oh and Wigan v Spurs)

Jermain Defoe will be relishing making his debut (again) for Tottenham as he has scored on his first appearance for every club he's played for and is 6/1 in the betting to open the scoring.

Harry Redknapp will be delighted at having Defoe back in his squad and the England striker will be hoping he can improve Spurs' away record and defy the odds of 7/4 about a win for the London side.

Wigan are riding high in seventh and are rightly favourites at 8/5 with the draw at 11/5.

Despite doing well in three cups still and having a solid home record, Tottenham's away record is poor having only won two games and lost six this season.

You would expect goals in this affair but Redknapp is likely to want Spurs to be tighter at the back and Wigan aren't the most prolific scorers which could suggest a low scoring game with under two match goals available at 2/1.

An interesting stat to note is Tottenham have been level at half time in about two thirds of their away games since the start of last season which makes the half time draw at evens appealing.

On the same vein draw half time/Wigan full time can be backed at odds of 9/2 with draw half time/Tottenham full time available at 5/1.

Steve Bruce seems to have instilled a new belief in Wigan and Amir Zaki has returned from injury in goal scoring form and is 5/1 to keep Bruce smiling by scoring the first goal.

Strike partner Emile Heskey has chipped in with his fair share this season and is 7/1 to open the scoring while Real Madrid target Luis Valencia will want to display his credentials and is 5/1 to score anytime.

For Tottenham, other than Defoe, his likely strike partner Roman Pavlyuchenko has been finding the net recently and is a healthy 13/2 to do so first.

Carling Cup hero Jamie O'Hara will be looking to stake his claim for a starting place but even if he doesn't the left-footer knows where the goal is and is tempting at 6/1 to score anytime.

This should be an entertaining affair albeit possibly low scoring with a draw being a lot of people's picks with no goal scorer at 17/2 and 1-1 at odds of 5/1.

If a team is to prevail you get the feeling Spurs who will be buoyed by Defoe's return and in desperate need of points could nick it with 1-0 at 13/2 and 2-1 at 11-1 with Wigan to win 1-0 at 6/1.

Whichever way this goes, all eyes will be on Defoe and he can reward backers by getting on the score sheet. Odds of 7/4 about anytime doesn't appeal quite so much as the 6/1 about him being first goal scorer.

A win is imperative for Tottenham after their loss to West Brom and while Wigan make stealthy progress up the Premier League, Harry 'Houdini' has a fresh rabbit in his hat who goes by the name of Jermain.

Recommendations:
Jermain Defoe to score first - 6/1
Draw half time/Tottenham full time - 5/1

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