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Nic Ladds 3rd Apr 2009 - 17:52

Rampant Spurs won't let Rovers relax

After a two-week break Premier League action kicks off again with a revitalised Tottenham side 13/8 in the betting and relegation threatened Blackburn at odds of 8/5.

Harry Redknapp will surely be relishing getting back in to the domestic campaign more than Sam Allardyce, as Spurs have lost just won in nine, and will be on a high after their 1-0 victory over Chelsea.

This run has helped Spurs move up the table in to 11th place and further progress is expected now Harry seems to have found the right formula which largely seems to be keeping Ledley King fit enough to play.

Blackburn meanwhile are just two points above the relegation zone and have not won in five games as Ewood Park.

Spurs' away form was their main cause for concern earlier this season, but that seems to have picked up and they are becoming astute at grinding out narrow victories, which could make 1-0 to Spurs at 13/2 appealing with 2-1 at 11/1.

In past meetings between these two, five of the last eight games have ended in a draw. The match betting draw price 23/10, and of those five games, three were 1-1 which can be backed at odds of 5/1.

Rovers need to win to aid their survival bid but if they can manage it, it is unlikely to be pretty and a 1-0 victory would do for 'Big Sam' at odds of 6/1.

A stat which shows Spurs' resilience now is the fact that they have not lost a Premier League game when they have scored first. If you think they will break the deadlock first then Tottenham/Tottenham for a double result looks a fair wager at odds of 4/1 with draw/Tottenham 9/2 or for a reverse draw/Blackburn is also 9/2.

Rovers' form has not been awful recently, and they picked up valuable away wins at Fulham and Hull, but scoring goals seems to be a bit of an issue.

They have a host of strikers who are just not firing, like Benni McCarthy (7/1 to score first), along with Jason Roberts and El Hadji Diouf - 8/1 and 9/1 respectively to score first.

Keith Andrews could provide us with a decent bet as the midfielder has popped up with a couple recently when coming off the bench and 7/1 about him scoring anytime appeals more than one of their hit-and-miss strikers getting them off to a flyer.

Spurs meanwhile have not only learnt how to defend better, but they have managed to locate the opposition's goal again.

Luka Modric scored the winner against Chelsea and looks a constant threat whenever on the ball and 5/1 about him scoring anytime looks reasonable.

Aaron Lennon will be buoyed by his exploits for England during the week and his blistering form shows no sign of waning and he looks big at 14/1 to score first or 11/2 to score anytime.

Up front Darren Bent and Robbie Keane are both 7/1 in the betting to score first, with the man who scored the winner against Blackburn last time Roman Pavlyuchenko at 8/1.

Tottenham certainly look a much-improved side with King fit, Keane firing and new-singing Wilson Palacios shoring up the midfield.

While Blackburn "need" to win more than Tottenham, this rarely actually pans out and Spurs are sat at the top of the Premier League form table for a reason.

They look a new, dangerous side who were unlucky to lose in the Carling Cup final, saw off Chelsea last week and should have no problem seeing off a confidence-sapped Blackburn side at an extremely attractive price.

Recommendation:
Tottenham - 13/8
Aaron Lennon to score anytime - 11/2

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