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Nic Ladds 1st Jan 2009 - 12:42

Smoking Zaki could be bad for Spurs cup health

As part of our January sale we are offering enhanced prices on a host of correct score bets. As you can see below you'll get a lot more for your money as we continue to bump up our prices for your punting pleasure.

Outcome Was Now
Tottenham 1-0 11/2 13/2
Tottenham 2-0 13/2 17/2
Tottenham 2-1 7/1 17/2
Draw 0-0 17/2 9/1
Draw 1-1 11/2 13/2
Draw 2-2 12/1 18/1
Wigan 1-0 8/1 11/1
Wigan 2-0 18/1 28/1
Wigan 2-1 14/1 18/1

Tottenham come into this FA Cup clash having not won a game out of their last five so it maybe slightly surprising for some that they're priced at 4/5.

Contrastingly Wigan have won five of their last six games and find themselves priced up at 11/4.

Harry Redknapp has certainly made Spurs more solid at the back but their away form is dismal so they will be thanking their lucky stars it is Wigan who must travel to London.

While Spurs have not won in five, they have drawn their last three matches at home and it's 23/10 for there to have to be a replay.

On league form it would appear Wigan would make the better bet at the prices however cup competitions seem to bring out the best in Spurs and it would be dangerous to underestimate them in any cup game.

On top of this it is interesting to note that Wigan have never beaten Spurs in any league game and this is the first time they meet in the cup.

Redknapp won the FA Cup last year with Portsmouth and would love to bring home some silverware in his first season at Spurs.

The fact that Tottenham are in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup shows that Harry will be going all out to win as Spurs' league form continues to disappoint.

There has been a lot of transfer talk at White Hart Lane this week including rumours about Roman Pavlyuchenko leaving after only a short time at the club.

This could give Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell the chance to shine and the pair are 9/2 and 11/2 respectively to score first with the Russian striker at 5/1.

On paper Spurs carry a constant goal threat but they have been struggling to find the net recently after two successive 0-0 draws at home and the likes of Bentley, Modric and Lennon need to start helping out the misfiring strikers.

Wigan's biggest threat by far comes from Egyptian striker Amir Zaki who at 7/1 could be the best to score first as Spurs often get off to a sluggish start. The striker who was prolific earlier in the season has been out injured but returned in style to score in his last two matches indicating a possible return to red-hot form.

Although Spurs have played in some low-scoring affairs of late neither Redknapp or Bruce would relish the thought of a replay making it more than likely this tie will be decided on the night.

Spurs have the Carling Cup, UEFA Cup and a relegation battle on their minds so might be slightly preoccupied but make no mistake they'll be trying to win this one.

As said before Spurs often start slow and finish with a flourish making a small investment in Wigan half time/Tottenham full time appealing at 20/1.

Score lines of 2-1 to either side look realistic with it being 7/1 for Spurs to win by this margin or 14/1 for Wigan.

Tottenham have an FA Cup pedigree bettered by few and are a different beast at home than away. Spurs are fancied to sneak it in what will be a tight affair but it is more than likely that they will conced and as usual have their supporters sweating until the final whistle.

Recommendation:
Wigan half time/Tottenham full time - 20/1

Tottenham to win 2-1 - 7/1

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