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Tottenham v Stoke: Spurs to breathe life into third-place bid

| 21.03.2012

After faltering in recent weeks, Tottenham are looking to make further ground on bitter rivals Arsenal, and can do so by beating Stoke at 9/20.

Tony Pulis’ men have also suffered from inconsistency lately, and are a lengthy 7/1 to achieve what would be a fifth away success of the season at White Hart Lane.

It is 3/1 about the draw and the recent patchy form of both sides could encourage some punters to take an interest in these odds.

Of the three previous Premier League meetings between the teams at White Hart Lane, Spurs have come out on top whilst scoring three goals on two occasions, and so the 6/5 for Tottenham to win with three or more goals occurring in the match looks unmissable.

You can get the same price about the home side scoring two to three times in the match, whilst braver punters may be tempted to get behind free-scoring Spurs, with 52 league goals this season, to hit the net four or more times at 7/2.

Stoke have scored at least once on each of their Premier League visits to Tottenham though, and so the 8/11 odds for both teams to score in this game look generous.

Tottenham led at both half-time and full-time during each of their recent home league wins over the Potters, and 10/11 is an attractive price to invest in regarding this passage of play occurring again.

Spurs can alternatively be backed at a much bigger 15/8 to win both halves.

Emmanuel Adebayor caused no end of problems for Stoke at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the season, and the powerful striker is 7/2 to follow up his goal in the reverse fixture with the opener in this tie.

For the visitors, Peter Crouch has a point to prove against his former employers, and he can be backed at a big 9/1 to open the scoring with his twelfth goal of the campaign on Wednesday.

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John Klee