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Rupert Wyman 17th Aug 2011 - 8:49

The Jam Tarts have Tottenham running

Tottenham take on Hearts in the Europa League on Thursday and it is there first competitive game of the season. Spurs face Man Utd next Monday and Redknapp will want to give his top players some playing time.

Spurs are 4/6 to win the clash, the draw is 13/5 and a Hearts win is 9/2. It is another dreaded Europa League tie for Redknapp and he will be dreading any injuries.

Paulo Sergio's Hearts side could be up against the likes of Lennon, Bale and Defoe. To Hearts, this is their biggest competitive match since the AEK Athens Champions League qualifier at Murrayfield in 2006.

On paper, it looks like a straight-forward victory to Spurs but Hearts may really fancy their chances of victory in-front of a sell-out home crowd.

The Edinburgh team looked impressive in their 3-0 victory against Aberdeen at the weekend. The Manager Paulo Sergio has started recently with wingers and they are playing some excellent attacking football.

If you fancy Hearts to win, they are 3/1 draw no bet. I would look away from the 90 minutes market and back over the goals. Both teams are missing important first team players and against Aberdeen, Hearts had to employ two midfielders at the back.

With wingers like Bale and Lennon on display, you can expect goals. Over 2.5 goals is 19/20 and Tottenham will obviously attack because away goals are very important. They will want to have the two-legged tie wrapped up before the return leg.

Both teams to score is 17/20 and Tottenham have not played a competitive game in a while and pre-season ended on the 6th August against Athletic Bilbao. They may be a little short of match practice and Hearts could take advantage of problems in the defence.

A former Spurs' trainee John Sutton and he scored twice against a poor Aberdeen side. He is 12/1 to score two or more but he is 11/4 to bag a goal anytime.  The Match Winner offer is for any English or Scottish player to score the first goal at Even money.

Tottenham may start with Crouch and Defoe leading the line. There is strong competition for a place up-front at Spurs and Defoe will be looking to improve on a poor 2010/11 season. They have both been subject of transfer speculation but it is unlikely they will leave Spurs in this summer.

Tottenham may take apart Hearts with ease and help prove that the gulf in quality between the Premier League and SPL is massive. However, there will be a massive crowd and the Hearts players will want to prove that they can cut it with the best.




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