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Nic Ladds 21st Jan 2009 - 18:04

Spurs a sure thing? Don't make us laugh!

Tottenham Hotspur take a three-goal lead into this second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final, and while Burnley's task seems mammoth, odds of 21/10 may well pay off.

Spurs sank The Clarets in the first leg 4-1 but that score line did not reflect how the game went and a repeat is unsurprisingly big at 40/1.

Burnley terrorised Spurs in the first half of the game and took a 1-0 lead in at half time only for the London side to come out firing in the second and some good play combined with a lot of luck ensured Spurs decisively took the first leg.

While Tottenham seem excellent in cup competitions, their indifferent Premier League form makes 6/5 look less appealing than odds of 5/2 about the draw.

Spurs can't muster a win in the league and with a host of injuries tonight (King, Gomes, Corluka, Lennon and Jenas all out), the away side could find themselves quite stretched at the back.

The likes of Burnley's star winger Chris Eagles will be hopeful of inflicting some damage especially against the low in confidence Gareth Bale and he will appeal at 10/1 for first goal or 7/2 to score anytime.

Burnley's hero from the first leg Martin Paterson is 7/1 in the betting to haunt Spurs again but scoring the first goal with Robbie Blake at 8/1.

Jermain Defoe is the obvious threat for Tottenham and having opened his account against Portsmouth last week he will be popular at 9/2 to score the first goal.

Darren Bent had a stinker against Pompey and doesn't appeal at 6/1 to score first as he may well find himself benched for much of the game.

Jamie O'Hara after his two goals in the first leg will be brimming with confidence and at odds of 11/2 to score anytime could well be worth an interest.

The industrious Luka Modric another potent threat at 11/4 to net at any point during the game.

Harry Redknapp will be intensely aware that his Spurs side seem to start every match very slowly and as a result often concede first and pick up later on. This makes the second half being the highest scoring half at even money appealing.

Along these lines, a Burnley half time lead is entirely possible and with Burnley half time/draw full time or even Burnley half time/Tottenham full time at huge odds of 14/1 and 22/1 respectively both could be worth a small investment.

Should Burnley get a result tonight it is unlikely they will score three without reply but 1-0 at 7/1 and 2-1 at 11/1 look possible.

It is likely we should be served up a few goals tonight as Burnley have nothing to lose by going for it and both sides seem to have a knack of conceding soft goals making score lines like 2-2 at 12/1 look plausible and although short, over two match goals at odds of 8/13 looks like free money.

Tottenham are full expected to qualify and meet Manchester United in the Carling Cup final but Owen Coyle will know full well Burnley have nothing to lose and can give the Londoners a real fright at Turf Moor.

As Chelsea will tell you it's an incredibly intense atmosphere and while The Clarets probably won't be winning the Carling Cup they can win a lot of admirers tonight by making a real go of it against a wildly inconsistent Spurs side.

Jamie O'Hara to score anytime - 11/2
Burnley half time/draw full time - 14/1

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