Tottenham: 5 Bold Predictions as Spurs Host Bolton
Tottenham may have bowed out of Europa League, but fans at White Hart Lane will forgive manager Harry Redknapp for sitting several starters if they continue their undefeated tear through the Premiership.
That starts on Saturday with lowly Bolton Wanderers coming to White Hart Lane.
If you were upset at all about Tottenham's lack of offense against 10-man PAOK Salonika, you can rest easy on Friday night. Bolton is in the bottom three of the league table for a reason.
So there will be a lot of goals by Tottenham. What else? Come with me as I share my five bold predictions about Saturday's match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers.
Adebayor Will Head in a Van Der Vaart Corner in the First 20 Minutes
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Anyone who's watched Tottenham this season knows a few things, two of them being that Rafael van der Vaart can kick a set piece with the best of them and Emmanuel Adebayor has a knack for using his head.
Bolton's defense has been poor this season, conceding a league-high 31 goals and countless opportunities on their side of the field—especially when it comes to corners.
In short, Tottenham has a knack for getting on the board early and Bolton has a knack for giving up corners early in the game.
Gareth Bale Will Score Two Goals
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Manager Harry Redknapp rested Gareth Bale for the most recent Europa League game, meaning the speedy winger has energy to burn this coming Saturday at White Hart Lane.
The recent addition to the FIFpro World List may only have four goals this season, but with Bolton's lack of speed on the outside and Bale's abundance of it, I see too many chances coming the Welshman's way for him not to score.
Maybe two goals is audacious, but predicting that he'll score once is, well, boring.
Tottenham's Defense Will Blank Ivan Klasnic
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Ivan Klasnic is the reason why Bolton isn't at the bottom of the league table.
His six goals make up one-third of all the goals Bolton has scored this season. The lack of offense on the rest of the team may be why Bolton hasn't been able to salvage draws this season. So far, the team has three wins and 10 losses.
The only other "threat" Bolton has on offense is midfielder Martin Petrov, but he hasn't played a full 90 minutes since early October and hasn't scored a goal since the middle of September.
Tottenham's back line (where Ledley King will play another 90 minutes—bonus prediction!) will do everything they can to frustrate Klasnic and force the Croatian international to pass it outside.
Klasnic will have one shot on goal on Saturday and nothing else.
Friedel Will Collect His Fourth Clean Sheet of the Season
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Friedel's also letting us know how many shots on goal Bolton will have—two.
Tottenham Will Win 4-0
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Fans at White Hart Lane haven't gotten to see their Spurs score four goals since a mid-September match against Liverpool, but I predict that with the way Adebayor, Defoe, Bale and van der Vaart have been gelling as a team, I see it getting out of hand early.
This is a Tottenham team that traveled to West Bromwich Albion and put three in the back of the net and left at least two more goals on the field.
If you have some extra pounds lying around, put it on Tottenham covering the spread—then buy a round of pints on me.
These are my bold predictions. What do you guys think?