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Rupert Wyman 20th Feb 2010 - 11:00

Little optimism for the Latics

Wigan welcomes a Tottenham side to the DW Stadium that have only won once in their last six Premier League games.

Wigan will not take any comfort out of that stat, because they were annihilated in a '9-1' horror show at White Hart Lane earlier this season.

Jermain Defoe scored five goals for fun and neutrals were tipping Tottenham, to break into the top four at the end of the season after one of the most astonishing games in Premier League history.

Wigan are a Jekyll and Hyde side that are facing a relegation battle, they can draw some optimism in recent weeks from improved performances defensively.

They won at Aston Villa 2-0 on their opening game of the season and played Chelsea off the park, mauling them 3-1 at home in September. So they have the ability to beat Tottenham at home.

Since November 22nd 2009, a date still etched on Tottenham fans' minds, there have been changes at Wigan.

Erik Edman has been released since the Latic's 9-1 loss, he had a torrid time against Aaron Lennon.  Instead, the impressive Figueroa will start at left back tomorrow.

Not only are Spurs not winning, Redknapp will be concerned at who should take their penalties. Tom Huddlestone, missed at Bolton in Sunday's FA Cup match, the fourth miss from the club's last six penalties.

Tottenham remain without winger Aaron Lennon and defender Woodgate, but Redknapp was optimistic during the week, stating that Lennon's groin injury will not require surgery.

Ledley King can start but he may be saved for the FA Cup replay with Bolton on Wednesday. Jermaine Jenas faces a late fitness test.

A concern for Tottenham will be the mud sodden surface that contributed to a poor encounter when Bolton visited in midweek. They play good passing football and it will not suit their attacking game plan.

Wigan have concerns over the fitness of Titus Bramble, he is unlikely to shake off the hamstring injury he picked up against Bolton.

William Hill are offering 900/1 for a Tottenham 7-0, 7-1, 8-0, 9-0 or 10-0 win, I would not waste my money backing any bets around that score line because last year's result was a one-off!

I would back a Draw/Tottenham Double Result at 9/2, and Jermaine Defoe to score at 6/5 anytime.

The Wigan players refunded the ticket price for the all the fans that attended the 9-1 loss. The Latics will be highly motivated to impress their fans and critics and not suffer that humiliation again.

Tottenham will find it much harder away from home and they are without Lennon. They have suffered poor form since Lennon has been injured and are not the same with the inconsistent Bentley in the team, they rely on channelling the ball to Lennon and often look lost playing without him.

Although Wigan plays to deceive, I believe Tottenham can eventually break them down and take all three points at the DW stadium adding to Martinez's woes. After Defoe's five goals, 6/5 seems a generous price for him to hit the back of the net again at any time.

Although Tottenham should win, I doubt there will be a commemorative ninety minute DVD or a new Tottenham mug to renounce this victory, in the Spur's club shop next week.



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