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Spurs .v. Rovers

Tottenham Hotspurs
Blackburn Rovers

White Hart Lane

10th May 2007


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Games between Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur in recent years have been exciting and controversial. I feel this one will be no different.

A trip to London, not a happy visiting area for Rovers this season, on Thursday will see Mark Hughes` men battle it out for three more points to keep their UEFA Cup qualification hopes alive. These chances are slim, that much is true but, due to the incredible recent form, these hopes stay alive.

Tottenham have ambitions of their own but are almost certain to qualify for Europe. Does this mean they will be taking their foot off the gas? Unlikely.

An interesting sub-text to the game is the clash of the Premiership`s two star buys this season, Benni McCarthy and Dimitar Berbatov. Both have 22 goals to their name for the season and both are being muted with transfers to Man United and Chelsea. Who will win? Well I feel this holds the outcome of the result.

Vital Quotes:

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes: 'We will take either the Uefa Cup or the Intertoto Cup. We are still dependent on the results going for us but we can only try and win our games. We have put in a lot of work this year and hope to achieve something at the end of it.'

Tottenham Hotspurs Team News:

Riccardo Rocha is the only major concern for Martin Jol. He picked up a knock in the win over Charlton and is struggling to be fit. He is likely to be replaced by Anthony Gardner.
Tottenham (from): Robinson, Cerny, Alnwick, Chimbonda, Assou-Ekotto, Rocha, Dawson, King, Gardner, Ifil, Zokora, Tainio, Jenas, Murphy, Ghaly, Malbranque, Huddlestone, Lennon, Taarabt, C Lee, Barnard, Berbatov, Defoe, Keane.

Player to watch: Dimitar Berbatov

He has been brilliant following a slow start to his career in England. A few injuries blighted his progress early on but he has returned in glistening form scoring a variety of goals, all executed with immaculate skill. His movement is exceptional, and for a big man he has a bit of pace, Talal El Karkouri will testify that. He will be the danger and if the mighty God and Samba can keep him quiet then there is every chance of a shut out.

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Mark Hughes is likely to start with the same team that beat Newcastle so comfortably as David Dunn is only rated 50/50 and Zurab Khizanishvili isn`t likely to feature again this season.
Blackburn (from): Friedel, Emerton, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Bentley, Mokoena, Dunn, Pedersen, McCarthy, Roberts, Nonda, Tugay, Derbyshire, Brown, Henchoz, Gallagher, Todd, Peter.

Player to watch: Benni McCarthy

Well Dimitar is the focus for Spurs so Benni has to be the alternative for Rovers. He has surpassed all initial expectations with his scoring and a few more between now and the end of the campaign could see Rovers end a memorable season on a high. Whereas Berbatov poses a greater threat with his pace, McCarthy`s intelligence is what makes him stand out. Excellent link-up play with players he has formed close bonds with is evident each week.

Match Facts & Stats

Goals are expected on Thursday as it has been 26 games since Spurs last drew 0-0 and 32 since Rovers ended up with that score.

Rovers have scored in their last eleven consecutive games.

Both clubs go into the game on the back of consecutive wins and unbeaten in four.

Ref Watch:

Rob Styles is the man in the middle.

Match Prediction:

Most fixtures between the two clubs have ended in draws. This will be different. Last time Rovers won at the Lane it was inspired by a Yorke and Cole salvo which catapulted the club into Europe. Are there similarities here? Yes. Benni and Jason Roberts are being compared to Yorke and Cole and both are on form, plus a win would put Rovers in strong contention for a UEFA spot. Alas, this result won`t be the same, but the outcome will be. A Rovers 2-1 win inspired by the new Yorke and Cole.

Next Fixtures:

Last game of the season on Sunday against Reading.

Date:Thursday May 10 2007
Time: 9:46AM


You will finish 11th,you dont deserve Euro football as nobody turns up for the matches.............
10/05/2007 10:05:00
Chalky get stuffed, who do you support yoy****. We are here discussing football, we dont need ur trash and your last century mentality. If you dont like us, like ive said to that Arsenal guy who tried to raid our site, then get stuffed, we dont want you round here
10/05/2007 10:18:00
We will finish in the top half of the table because we deserve to. Jol drowns on about how well spurs have done this season to be in the position they are and compete in the cups but he seems to forget that Rovers had a decent UEFA run, an excellent FA Cup run and are still managing to compete for UEFA. I would say we deserve to be in Europe wouldn't you chalky76?
10/05/2007 10:21:00
cant wait for the game guys. Got my best mate over who is a spurs fan, with the game being at 5am my time, gonna be a long night, hope its a good one also cheers
10/05/2007 10:22:00
As for tonight I do feel confident. A lack of luck saw us held to a draw at Ewood against the Spurs crew and with a bit of that over-due luck to complement the quality football we are playing at the moment and I feel confident that the Prem's current hottest strike force of Benni and JR will prevail for us.
10/05/2007 10:23:00
Yeah chalky GET STUFFED mate you talk out your arse ALL the time. I would rather support a club with supporters that go about things in the right way than sooo many of you Spurs fans do (showing lack of respect to EVERYONE and ANYONE thinking you are the dogs nuts when you so clearly aren't) even in a half empty stadium!
Hughes Da Man
10/05/2007 10:26:00
Yes, good point roversman (back to the game, which is where it will count!) I'm even more confident of a victory than I was when I predicted the 2-0, maybe 3-1 that sooo ofended so many Spurs fans. It WILL be a corker, between two very good and evenly matched sides. Both sides will be up for it but feel we'll be able to come away with three point, and I would LOVE it!
Hughes Da Man
10/05/2007 10:29:00
Too true HDM, two evenly matched sides who are capable of destroying each other on their respective days. I just hope it is our day fact it will be. Rovers to win and Benni to win!
10/05/2007 10:33:00
Benni and JR to both get on the score sheet, IF we do conceed then it will most probably be a Berbatov goal.
Hughes Da Man
10/05/2007 10:36:00
This will be a good game if the two teams play the way they both can. I really want a Blackburn win but can see a draw, just basically cos Spurs a drawn a lot recently, high scoring ones to, So heres to an entertaining match which I hope Rovers will edge
10/05/2007 10:54:00
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