With Spurs flying high in the league, the settling of a tax case in his favour and all signs pointing to him taking over as England boss at the end of the season, Harry Redknapp’s stock has never been higher.
Indeed, such is the apparent standing of the 65-year-old in the game that he felt compelled to rule himself out of the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge this week: at a time when jobs are hard to come by, Redknapp is apparently falling over them.
However, if Tottenham’s form continues as it is Redknapp won’t be flavour of the month for too much longer, with a home tie against Stevenage in the FA Cup offering as good a chance as any to return to winning ways.
It was a 0-0 draw away to League One Stevenage which acted as a precursor to the two league defeats which have suddenly cast an element over doubt on Spurs’ Champions League aspirations.
Stevenage have failed to find the back of the net in two of their last three away trips.
With a tricky test against Everton coming up at the weekend, Redknapp will have wanted to give his players a few days off to recover mentally and physically from a 5-2 bashing at the hands of Arsenal and a 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
Instead, they will have to go again against Borough, although the good news is that they are unlikely to find things as difficult as they did two-and-a-half weeks ago.
Stevenage have lost two and drawn two since holding Spurs to a draw at Broadhall Way and are priced as 15/1 outsiders to win in 90 minutes this evening.
This leaves a Spurs success at 17/100 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw at 11/2.
Crucially, Rednkapp is ready to field a relatively strong side in recognition that he can’t afford to take the match lightly.
And with the likes of Gareth Bale and Scott Parker set to feature, Tottenham look set to put their recent problems behind them and pick up an easy win.
They certainly look good bets to make a fast start, despite Stevenage having not conceded a goal in their FA Cup run so far.
Spurs are second in a league table based on the home form of Premier Leauge teams in the first 45 minutes of matches, with eight wins out of 14 suggesting they can establish a half time lead on their own ground against a team two divisions below them.
With this in mind, a bet on Tottenham to be ahead at half time and full time at odds of 57/100 looks more appealing than the 17/100 offered on a Spurs win.
But perhaps the best option is on a Tottenham win to nil at odds of 21/20 – and there are three major reasons for this.
Firstly, like Stevenage, Spurs have yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup this season.
They also have a history of winning to nil at home – six of the last ten games at White Hart Lane have ended this way, including a 3-0 win over Cheltenham in FA Cup round three.
Finally, Stevenage have failed to find the back of the net in two of their last three away trips.
A Spurs win to nil therefore looks a safe bet and, at odds of 21/20, those using bwin’s £25 free bet stand to win £51.25 if it proves successful.
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