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Nic Ladds 26th Nov 2008 - 19:27

On fire Lennon to bring more joy for Spurs

Harry Redknapp will be relishing the thought of another UEFA Cup tie after the 4-0 demolition job of Dinamo Zagreb in his first European tie.

Tottenham have left themselves with a very achievable task of qualifying for the knock out stages after a dubious start when beaten 2-0 by group leaders Udinese. Spurs fans everywhere will be quick to say that was during the dismal Juande Ramos reign and times have certainly changed since Redknapp took over.

Spurs' opponents NEC Nijmegen have only played the one game so far and were beaten 3-2 by Dinamo Zagreb. They are currently 12th in the Dutch league and should hold no fear for Spurs despite their deceptively bad Premier League position.

Tottenham's odds of 11/10 look a fair price as a youthful team could be deployed by Redknapp with the likes of 16 year old John Bostock, Adam Mason, Yaser Kasim, John Obika and Ryan Mason all in the squad.

A win is still necessary to ensure qualification from the group and although Roman Pavlyuchenko is cup-tied Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell are a potent threat up front and are available at 11/2 and 13/2 respectively to score first.

The most likely threat could well come from the in-form Aaron Lennon who tore Blackburn's defence apart at the weekend and looked a threat every time he got the ball.

Lennon will run at defenders all game and if the NEC defence give Lennon space to shoot he will take every opportunity to do so and 12/1 about him scoring first is too tempting to turn down.

NEC carry little threat going forward and odds of 16/1 about their top scorer Youssef El Akchaoui to score first highlight their weakness as he has only scored three in the poor Dutch league.

Barring any trademark blunders from error-prone Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, an improving Spurs defence will be confident of being able to keep a clean sheet.

The result is unlikely to be a repeat of the 4-0 hammering Dinamo Zagreb received but a solid Spurs performance is expected to build on the excellent start Harry Redknapp has made.

Aaron Lennon is in excellent form, Fraizer and Bent are both capable of scoring at will and with the formerly shaky defence improving, NEC have little hope of pulling off an upset.

Aaron Lennon to score first - 12/1
Tottenham to win 2-0 - 13/2


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