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Nic Ladds 13th Feb 2010 - 14:18

Tottenham spurred on to the next round

If this game was in the league, it would be 6th place taking on 19th, Tottenham would be nailed on for the win and that doesn't change because it's the FA Cup. This is one of just two all Premier League ties in the fifth round and we hope the magic isn't lost without a lower league club.

Bolton (14/5) have one league win in eight attempts over Owen Coyle's previous club Burnley and confidence is low around the Reebok. Although a win could put them 14th in the table, they are embroiled in another relegation battle.

Tottenham's (evens) form has stuttered recently and although still only one point off fourth in the league they have one win in six and fans will be hoping they don't replicate Aston Villa last year by slipping down the table in the New Year.

That is the league though, and this is the cup, due to the dip in form of both clubs, they will both be hoping a good run will provide a welcome distraction. You have got to fancy Tottenham to have the quality to see of their opponents.

Harry Redknapp will want to win this cup, and he knows how to after lifting it with Portsmouth just two years ago. With just one of the top-four left, everyone has a chance.

Spurs just edge the head to head FA Cup record, three wins to Bolton's two. You can expect goals though with the last four cup ties involving these two there have been 24 goals, with the winning side scoring at least four. Over two and over three goals are 17/20 and 12/5 respectively.

Bolton have something of an squad crisis, loanees Vladimir Weiss and Jack Wilshere are cup-tied, Gary Cahill is out for a while, Sean Davis and Gavin McCann are missing from the centre of the park and Ivan Klasnic is missing up front.

Spurs are sweating on the fitness of centre-backs Ledley King and Michael Dawson while Luka Modric is suffering from illness. Other long term absentees are Aaron Lennon, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jonathan Woodgate while Younes Kaboul is cup-tied.

Kevin Davies has three goals in his last two appearances against Spurs and is 13/2 first scorer. Jermain Defoe scored two in the last cup meet between these two and has scored all four of Spurs' away goals since Christmas. He is 9/2 first scorer or 7/1 to get two or more.

If you fancy the strength and depth of Tottenham's squad to prove too much for lowly Bolton you can get 5/2 on them -1 goal. The only previous meeting this season was at the Reebok and ended a 2-2 draw, neither side will want a reply but at 23/10 you could fancy the draw, the 2-2 to recur is 14/1.

Bolton have scored just 17 goals and shipped 23 at home in thirteen league games this season. This leads me to think Spurs could win to nil (2/1), 2-0 or 3-0 available at 7/1 and 14/1 respectively.

This could be tight, I just think the quality Tottenham have will outweigh any home advantage Bolton may possess. More misery is set to be piled on the already sparse Bolton support.



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