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Nic Ladds 2nd Dec 2008 - 16:08

Tottenham to take sting out of Hornets

Harry Redknapp tasted defeat at home for the first time in the 1-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday. While this will have been a bitter pill to swallow, Spurs have the perfect opportunity to dust themselves off and continue on their quest to defend the Carling Cup title.

Having already seen off Newcastle and Liverpool in earlier rounds, a trip to Watford may seem somewhat less daunting and Spurs should be confident of justifying odds of 7/10.

New Hornets manager Brendan Rogers will know anything can happen in cup games. Watford, who are struggling in the Championship and rated as 4/1 outsiders for the match with the draw at 13/5, may see this match as a chance to get their season back on track.

A victory against a Premier League outfit would boost confidence no end at Vicarage Road but Tottenham will not let go of their trophy lightly.

Ledley King is set to be rested while Luka Modric and Jermaine Jenas are unlikely to be risked returning from injury.

Spurs are expected to deploy a strong line-up against the Hornets and, whichever pairing start out of Roman Pavlyuchenko, Darren Bent (who are both 9/2 to score first) and Fraizer Campbell (who is 5/1 for the first goal), they will all be hoping to make their mark early on.

Aaron Lennon and David Bentley both managed to come away with some credit after Tottenham's defeat to Everton as both wingers posed the Toffee's back line all sorts of problems without managing to convert any of the numerous chances they created.

The pair should have an easier shift against Watford's suspect defence and they are 10/1 and 9/1 respectively to bag the first goal.

The improving Jamie O'Hara has proved himself a goal threat having scored against NEC Nijmegen and the dead ball specialist is likely to get a deserved start against Watford. The midfielder can be backed at a big 16/1 to find the net first.

Tottenham will be buoyed by the fact that error-prone goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is starting to look more confident after pulling off some impressive saves against Everton.

Goal threats for Watford include ten-goal top scorer Tommy Smith who is 8/1 to score first and highly rated midfielder John-Joe O'Toole who can be backed at 12/1 to be the first to hit the back of the net.

Tottenham had no problem brushing aside Liverpool in the last round without fielding a full strength team and Watford should not really pose any problems.

Questions are still to be answered at Spurs as they still find themselves above the relegation zone on goal difference but Watford are in a similar predicament and the Carling Cup will be high on Harry Redknapp's priorities as it appears to be Spurs' best chance of European football next season.

Tottenham should win and win well but still concede too many soft goals and Gomes is liable to make a mistake at any given moment giving Watford the chance of getting on the score sheet but any goal is unlikely to be more than a consolation.

Recommendations:
Jamie O'Hara to score first - 16/1
Tottenham to win 4-1 - 28/1

 
 
 

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