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Rupert Wyman 27th Jan 2012 - 12:27

Spurs are stung by the Hornets

There have been distractions for Spurs off the field this week, Harry Redknapp has an on-going court case for alleged tax evasion.  Spurs coaches Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond have taken control of training but the gaffer is likely to be in the dugout for the clash.

Watford v Spurs, is not the sort of glamour tie I was expecting for Friday night's live match but Spurs will be very pleased with the draw. Man Utd had to beat their arch rivals City in the last round and they now have the unenviable task of taking on Liverpool to qualify for the next stage.

Spurs have only lost one of the last twenty-seven FA Cup ties when they have been drawn against lower league opponents. However, six of those ties have been after a replay. The home win is 6/1, the draw is 10/3 and an away win is 4/9.

Redknapp will be looking to end the troubling week with a win. Spurs look likely to finish in the top four this season and they may rest players for the clash. Watford are unlikely to be relegated this season and they will fancy the upset.

They will see the clash as a derby, you can back the Hornets at 10/3 draw no bet and Watford or the draw is 11/8. Spurs' star man in the FA Cup in the past few seasons has been Jermain Defoe. He has scored eight goals in ten appearances in the last three seasons.

The striker has been linked with Liverpool of late but he will stay until the summer. He is only 8/11 to score anytime and he is 3/1 to find the net first. Spurs could be without Bale and Parker, who have had to sit out training sessions this week with minor injury scares.

With Watford having a full house and home advantage, it could be a low scoring affair. Under 2.5 goals is 21/20 and a 1-0 Tottenham win is 13/2. The last meeting between the sides came in the Carling Cup in December 2008, Watford took the lead only to lose 1-2 (7/1) at Vicarage Road.

Spurs are priced at 13/2 to come from behind and win the clash. There have been 41 goals scored in the last 10 FA Cup matches involving Watford. Tottenham's last match was a five goal thriller against Man City. The Match Winner is for Spurs to score three or more goals at 2/1, it has been enhanced from 6/4!

Adebayor was unable to play against his parent club Man City in the Premier League last week. He is 10/3 to open the scoring against Watford. He has been sensational this season and Redknapp will surely want to make the deal permanent.

Unlike his stint at City and Arsenal, his form has not faded and Redknapp seems to have brought out the best in him. Spurs have now dropped five points in their last two games. Realistically, they need to land a spot in next seasons Champions League if they want to be seen as a major force.

It would be no surprise to see a shock at Vicarage Road, Harry will be hoping his week can only get better.



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