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  • April 29, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
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Tottenham - Blackburn Rovers Preview: Spurs must beat relegation-threatened visitors to cling to fading Champions League hopes

Harry Redknapp's men have looked increasingly unlikely to return to elite European football while Steve Kean's side will be desperate to add to last weekend's Norwich City victory

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Friedel
Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose
Parker, Sandro
Modric, Van der Vaart, Bale
Adebayor
BLACKBURN ROVERS

Robinson
Orr, Givet, Dann, Marcus Olsson

Lowe
Formica, Pedersen, Dunn, Hoilett
Yakubu

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (shoulder) is the latest Tottenham man to be ruled out for the season, alongside the trio of Englishmen David Bentley (knee), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Jermaine Jenas (Achilles). Midfielder Niko Kranjcar (knee) is also a doubt for Croatia’s Euro 2012 finals campaign.

Louis Saha (groin) has shaken off a problem that kept him out of last weekend’s loss at QPR. Younes Kaboul (knee) and Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) have recovered from their injury woes and are likely to feature on Sunday. Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes (knee) and centre-back Michael Dawson (ankle) remain out for an unknown period of time with their fitness difficulties.

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean, by contrast, has a small injury list to worry about. Grant Hanley (ankle) is believed to be out for the remainder of the season while Vincenzo Grella (hip) is showing no sign of a return for the Ewood Park club.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Tottenham have won just six points in their last nine games - only already-relegated Wolves have a worse record over the same period.
  • Spurs have beaten the Lancashire club in each of their last five encounters.
  • The visitors on Sunday beat Norwich City 2-0 last weekend to stem the tide of five successive defeats.
  • Steve Kean’s men have conceded 16 goals from headers this season - a division high.
  • Despite Harry Redknapp’s insistence that it is coincidence, the Lilywhites have only won twice since Fabio Capello stood down as England manager.
  • Paul Robinson, a former Tottenham goalkeeper and once considered the undisputed No.1 for England, has only saved 56 per cent of shots that he has faced this season.
  • Spurs have a good record against Rovers on home soil: the north London club have only lost once in their last eight encounters at White Hart Lane.


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Players to watch

K. Walker

Position: Defender

Games: 27

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It is difficult to judge which players will be rested considering Tottenham have another game in midweek, but their ever-present right-back Kyle Walker is a cast-iron guarantee for both games. A candidate for England’s Euro 2012 squad this summer, the Spurs defender and newly-crowned PFA Young Player of the Year has the ability to both terrorise opposition full-backs and successfully mark dangerous wingers on his day.

D. Hoilett

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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I wonder how frequently the Canadian winger has been chosen as the player to watch. In the second half of Rovers’ campaign he has been the one positive alongside performances full of negatives. The last three wins for Blackburn were 2-0 scorelines and Junior Hoilett scored in each of them. Tottenham’s team is crammed with class and it could take a moment of quality from the visitors’ most prized asset to get a crucial point or three on Sunday afternoon.

Editor's Prediction

This is one of my more 'out-there' predictions, but there are reasons for suspecting Blackburn can pull a surprise out of the bag. Tottenham have been playing appallingly and are in a freefall that I suspect will continue until the end of the season. Also, Rovers are back to winning ways after losing three matches in a row and their desire to survive relegation again this season will be huge. It will be disastrous for Harry Redknapp if his side lose, however, and White Hart Lane will become a venomous pit should the tide continue to turn again them with Champions League qualification slipping out of their grasp.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tottenham Hotspur

Blackburn Rovers

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
Draw
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Blackburn Rovers FC Blackburn Rovers
55%
31%

Top 3 Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
1 - 2
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
2 - 0
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
3 - 1
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR

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