Nov. 17, 2006 – Pre-season a lot of people thought this would be the year that Spurs finally closed the gap on the big four and really start a challenge for Champions League qualification. However if the first twelve games are to go by then they have actually gone backwards as opposed to forward.
They lie in a desperate looking twelfth place with only 15 points and although they have some strong looking home form, like so many teams in this year’s Premiership, it’s on their travels that they have struggled – P6 W0 D2 L4.
As you can see they are yet to get three points on their travels and if they want to qualify for Europe again this season then this will have to change sooner rather than later.
Among their away defeats include some pretty poor reading with Watford holding them to a draw, while last week Premiership new-boys Reading put three past them in a 3-1 defeat.
However like all these bad trends and statistics they can’t go on forever and at a big looking 2/1 I think the bookmakers have factored in their poor away form to the price and a bit of value can be had. They have after all not got too bad a record at Ewood Park in recent visits, winning two, one draw, and one defeat in their last four trips.
In the scoring markets again if past trends are to go on Robbie Keane is worth a mention as he netted twice against Rovers last season as well as in this fixture back in 2004. He can be backed at around 7/1 to score first and 15/8 at anytime to add to his midweek hat-trick for Ireland .
Their opponents Blackburn are not doing much better in the league than their rivals and they have to be careful they don’t get carried away with their good UEFA Cup form and forget about the league.
They sit in a lowly 15th place and are only 4 points away from bottom club Charlton – P12 W3 D3 L6.
Last week they did really well at home against Man Utd holding them for most of the game until a second-half goal from Saha gave United a 1-0 win. But the Red Devils were unlucky with Rooney missing a hatful of chances that day and realistically anything but a win for the league leaders would have been an injustice.
This game will represent a slight drop in class from that fixture but at around around 8/5 favourites with the bookmakers I feel that the draw at around 9/4 and Spurs at around 2/1 are by far the better options, and being these generous prices than you can back both outcomes which will be the equivalent of backing a 1/2 chance.
The other market that caught my eye was the correct score option, as although we all would like to see goals two out of the last three clashes between the pair have ended 0-0 and this same score-line can be backed at around 8/1.
Recommended Bets – 3pts Spurs to win
Recommended Bets – 3pts Draw
Recommended Bets – 1pt Robbie Keane to score
Recommended Bets – 1pt Correct Score 0-0
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