It’s Premier League match time as Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday to take on Bolton Wanderers in match week eleven of the Premier League.
Bolton have enjoyed the best start to their Premiership campaign since 2006, with just a solitary loss to Liverpool, along with two wins and two draws in their last five matches.The Trotters are currently in eleventh place on the points table, while Spurs are fifth.
Their match against Liverpool was hard-fought and Bolton created several scoring opportunities, with Zat Knight, Davies and Holden all having near misses. Bolton would also consider themselves unfortunate not to have had a penalty call answered by the referee when Lee Chung Yong was brought down by Carragher, in the Liverpool box.
Defender Cahill’s form on the day will be crucial to Bolton’s fortunes against Tottenham whose attack comprises the likes of Van der Vaart, Luca Modric and Gareth Bale. Ironically, Cahill’s best testimony comes from Spurs manager ‘Arry Redknapp who admits his own side’s defensive frailty and is reportedly planning to make a bid for Cahill in the January transfer market.
Redknapp is said to be willing to hand Bolton the £15 mn required to be paid in accordance with a clause in Cahill’s contract.
Holden is another player Bolton will look to to provide the initiative in midfield against Redknapp’s charges. Holden has been in great form this season, and his showing in the Liverpool game was outstanding.
Spurs are coming off a great 3-0 win against champions Inter Milan in the Champions League thanks to a brilliant performance by Gareth Bale. Bale continued from where he left off in the first match against Milan last week, when Spurs lost 4-3. Gareth Bale’s hattrick came in the second half after Milan led 4-0, at the break. In the latest game, Bale had a hand in all three
goals though none came of his own boot.
Though Manchester United were deserving winners in match week ten, Spurs will bemoan the lost opportunities in the game by Modric, Van der Vaart and Pavlyuchenko. Bale himself had a typical run past the United defence and with Van der Sar at his mercy, shot wide of the post. But Jenas and Keane were strangely off colour, and Redknapp will want a better showing from the
pair on Saturday, against the Trotters.
Ahead of their game on Saturday, Bolton have some good news in the return to training by Martin Petrov. Petrov was nursing a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Liverpool game. Trotters’ manager Owen Coyle has an embarrassment of choices as Petrov will vie with Matt Taylor for a place in the starting eleven for the Spurs game.
For Bolton, Samuel, Gardner, J O’Brien and Davis will miss Saturday’s match owing to injury, while Tottenham’s injured last has Van der Vaart, Corluka, King, Defoe, Dawson, O’Hara and Woodgate.
Bolton had the following players in their starting eleven against Liverpool: Jainghtaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Taylor, Elmander and Davies, while Klasnic, Moreno and Blake featured as substitutes.
Tottenham’s starting eleven against Manchester United comprised: Gomes, Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric,Jenas, Bale, Van der Vaart and Keane. Palacios, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch took part in the action, as substitutes.
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