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P.J. Murray 16th Mar 2012 - 22:59

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Spurs season seems to be coming apart at the moment, will a cup game against lowly Bolton Wanderers offer any solitude for Arry's men?

Arsenal are baring down on Spurs in the chase for third place and the pressure is telling as they have lost three successive games.

Bolton on the other hand are living a blessed existence, a hard fought win over QPR has given them a glimmer of hope in their campaign for Premier League survival.

But this weekend neither side need worry about the league and in a one off game I feel that Spurs will still have too much for The Trotters.

This is the first time that Spurs will have faced Premier League opposition and considering they were forced to a replay by Stevenage they may feel more at home with familiar opposition.

Bolton have to wonder what's more important, an FA Cup semi-final or Premier League survival, the extra games can't do them any favours, especially when they have Aston Villa up next, one of the few winnable games they have remaining.

No surprise to see Spurs take short favouritism for this clash at 1/3, while the visitors are 10/1 and 7/2 the draw.

Gareth Bale has netted a total of 9 goals for Spurs this season including that important goal against Everton. Our Match Winner is for Bale to score any time & Tottenham to win at 7/4 enhanced from 11/8!

Bolton looked solid against QPR and despite all the furoure about the goal that never was, they always looked the better side. I don't think they will have enough to stop Spurs, but they will make it tight. Backing them +2 goals at odds against 21/20 seems like a very generous bet. Spurs have won their last six FA Cup games at home, but they are by no means cup specialists.

At 17/10 you can back both sides to be level at halftime and I reckon under 2.5 goals at 13/8 is worth a small punt.

Ivan Klasnic was the hero for Bolton against QPR, he came off the bench to net the winner six minutes from time, he is 11/1 to open the scoring here and 4/1 to net anytime. But the real star of the game was Ryo Miyachi, his pace and guile totally outwitted the Rs defence. You could do a lot worse than back him at 11/2 to score anytime.

Spurs should and will make another semi-final but it won't be as easy as predicted.


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