Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp will be looking to put concerns over his top stars leaving the club behind him by leading his side to victory over Kaizer Chiefs.
The teams meet today as part of Spurs’ warm-up schedule for the Premier League season, which is set to get underway in a month’s time.
But preparation has been overshadowed by the news playmaker Luka Modric has handed in a transfer request, with a move to Chelsea seemingly on the cards for the Croatian.
Redknapp has insisted the midfielder is not for sale, but even though Modric signed a long-term contract last season, it appears likely the player will get his wish and join Andre Villas-Boas’ revolution at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs have been unusually quiet in the transfer market at the moment so there will not be any new faces on show for the Kaizer Chiefs match, but squad men such as Peter Crouch may get the chance to shine and stake their claim for a place ahead of the Premier League kick-off.
Crouch has been linked with a move away to clubs such as Sunderland, despite scoring crucial goals for Spurs last season such as the winner in the San Siro against Inter Milan.
He will hoping to get his name on the scoresheet in the Kaizer Chiefs game and considering the weakness of the opposition, football betting fans will probably be swinging towards opting for Spurs.
Redknapp’s team are available at odds of 9/20, so those who place a bet of £20 on Spurs to win at bwin.com will be in line for returns of almost £30 if the English side are victorious.
Sandro will not be playing in the match after he went under the knife to correct a problem with his knee, meaning he will also miss the start of the season, which could stiffen the resolve of Spurs to hold on to Modric in the face of a new £30 million bid from Chelsea.
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