Barring any calamities, a generous draw against Cheltenham Town should offer Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham an easy passage into round four of the FA Cup.
The tie sees the Premier League’s form side host a team from the bottom division of the football league.
But as the cliché goes, there’s no easy games in football and never is that truer than in the third round of the world’s oldest cup competition.
Spurs rightfully start heavy favourites at 7/50 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, yet Cheltenham are second in League Two and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Punters can find odds of 17/1 on the Robins to pull off a huge upset at White Hart Lane or 25/4 to at least secure a replay.
What might also concern Redknapp and Spurs fans is their side’s recent history of unlikely losses in this competition, including 2010’s semi-final defeat to broke and relegated Portsmouth, a 2-2 home draw with a Leeds side sitting down in League One and an infamous 2-1 defeat by Port Vale.
However, those teams were not a patch on the current Spurs vintage, even if Redknapp inevitably uses some of his squad players with Champions League qualification undoubtedly his main focus for this season.
Yet if Redknapp does rotate, the visiting Robins are still likely to face a team packed with full internationals including the likes of Roman Pavyluchenko, Steven Pienaar, Sebastian Bassong and returning England defender Michael Dawson.
Spurs have run up big scores against weaker sides this season in other games and given they possess the sixth-best attack in the country, it’s worth backing them to pick up another comfortable win.
New customers using the free £25 bet they receive when joining bwin.com to back Spurs to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 would pocket returns of ₤112.50 if one of those scorelines comes in.
One of the drawbacks of playing a second-string side is a lack of familiarity and against a Cheltenham team who’ve conceded just eight first-half goals this year, draw/Tottenham at 17/5 in the half-time/full-time market looks a good alternative investment.
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