Premier League Game: 31
Saturday April 4th 12:45
AWAY v Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park
11 degrees, chance of rain
Reverse Fixture: Tottenham 1 – 0 Blackburn
Positions/Potential Positions: Tottenham 11th (7th – 11th) Blackburn 17th (12th – 18th)
Form Last 6: Tottenham DWWDWW Blackburn DWLWLD
Key Injuries: Tottenham (Defoe, Bent unlikely) Blackburn (Emerton, Reid, Santa Cruz, Dunn, Grella unlikely, McCarthy unlikely)
Both teams have alot to play for in the early Saturday kick-off, with Spurs now gunning for that 7th spot and their only chance of European football next season, while Blackburn will look to pick themselves out of the relegation fight with a much needed win that could put them them right up to 12th.
On paper it looks as if a Tottenham win is likely, with the best form in the league currently, yet Blackburn will no doubt receive some of the hairdryer treatment from Allardyce who will want them to use their home advantage to get something from the visitors.
It looks as though it will be raining all through Saturday morning, with some still present at kick-off, which means that the pitch is unlikely to be perfect for Tottenham’s quick passing style on the ground. I feel that Redknapp will look to rest Darren Bent and play with Pavlyuchenko up top, fresh from scoring for Russia during the international break, with Robbie Keane just behind in support, to provide a balance of speed and height.
The rest of the squad is likely to remain unchanged, with Didier Zokora replacing Jermaine Jenas the only option that may occur.
With Blackburn’s growing injury list they will struggle against Tottenham, and the best they could hope for would probably be a 1 – 1 draw. Tottenham’s defence is looking fairly strong at the moment, and they look good for keeping the goals conceded down at Ewood Park. The game will likely be decided on the attacking speed of Aaron Lennon from the right who should look to exploit a slow Blackburn backline.
TOTTENHAM TATTLER’S PREDICTION: I predict a low scoring game, perhaps a 1-0 or 2-1 to Tottenham if the Spurs’ strikers deliver, but my head says an away game against a relegation battler will be a difficult occasion. I’m going to go with Blackburn leading 1 – 0 at the break, but a 1 – 1 draw in the end.