Tottenham v Bolton, FA Cup fifth round replay, February 24, 2010
“The priority is to stay in the Premier League. (Bolton are 7/2 to be relegated.) If somebody was to say me ‘would you give up the FA Cup to stay in the Premier League?’ the answer to that is yes – it remains our number-one aim. But I believe we can stay in the Premier League and progress in the FA Cup. Are Tottenham Hotspur the favourites to win? Absolutely. Can we go there and win? Of course we can, so we’ll go there and look to try and take the game to them in a positive manner.” â€“ Owen Coyle.
“When he is in the right frame of mind and comes on like he did on Sunday, I have always said he is a fantastic talent with great abilityâ€¦ I also need to give Eidur a chance to play as well, because he has been great in training. He is another player who is very much in my mind.” â€“ Harry Redknapp.
The odds are short, but it is difficult to see this game going any other way than a home win and Owen Coyle will continue to rue the fact his side did not cash in on their dominance of the first half of the first FA Cup tie.
Following the classic clichÃ©, Spurs dominated the second half at the Reebok so deserve the replay but will feel the job should already have been done with Tom Huddlestone the latest Tottenham player to miss a penalty. A prize away at Fulham in the quarter finals awaits the victors.
The Bolton manager is set to send a second string side out at White Hart Lane with the relegation six pointer at home to Wolves coming up on Saturday. Starlets Jack Wilshere and Vladimir Weiss are cup-tied and Gretar Steinsson is injured which gives a number of players the chance to impress.
American Stuart Holden, Tamir Cohen, Andy Oâ€™Brien and Ali Al Habsi will all come in. These type of players should put plenty of effort in and Coyle is also guaranteed to start with Kevin Davies who has a great goal scoring record against Tottenham. Swedish striker Johan Elmander (4/1 to score) is also likely to start in the hope of claiming a goal to boost his flagging confidence.
Harry Redknapp has hinted at changes and Roman Pablyuchenko should be given the nod after his two goal cameo appearance at the DW Stadium on Sunday. Spurs also have one eye on a crucial encounter with Everton on the weekend and Eidur Gudjohnsen (7/2 to score), a former Bolton striker, could also be given the nod alongside the Russian.
Luka Modric (7/2 to score) was another to impress off the bench in Tottenhamâ€™s 3-0 win at Wigan and although Redknapp has players missing, most notably Aaron Lennon, the players looking to impress (Gareth Bale and David Bentley) are visibly improving as they receive an extended run in the side. Ledley King misses out with a thigh strain so Sebastien Bassong starts with Younes Kaboul ineligible.
Anything other than a comfortable home win would be a surprise. Boltonâ€™s best hope may be suffocating Spurs for 120 minutes and playing for penalties but that would hardly help their relegation battle.
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