Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool – Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, and Betting Odds – EPL (Premier League) – 7 May 2011
Tottenham need to win their remaining chances to keep their Champions League hopes alive as they host 17th place Blackpool. The match will take place at White Hart Lane in London, England on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 17:30 BST (UK time), 18:30 CET (Central Europe), and 12:30 EST (USA Eastern).
Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool TV Listings
It will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel (USA), Rogers Sportsnet (Canada), ESPN (UK), C+ Sport (France), C+ Futbol (Spain), Sky Sport (Italy), Sky Sport (Germany), Sport TV3 (Portugal), and on Al Jazeera Sport (Middle East).
Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool Preview
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp
“It should be an open game because they really go for it. They create loads of chances wherever they go. No-one has an easy game against them.
“To attack teams has been their philosophy from day one. They had a fantastic start to the season but the second half has been a lot more difficult – that is only to be expected.
“If Blackpool stay up, ‘Ollie’ should be manager of the year. No doubt about it in my opinion. It would be a fantastic achievement.
“He does a great job there. He’s spent no money and has got the maximum from his players. He’s a great character and has been good for the Premier League.”
“We are looking for four wins and to have a good end of season. It can all still change. It is a tough task. We’ve had too many draws recently. But these are four massive games.
“We need Everton to beat Man City (3pm kick off), then we need to beat Blackpool and win at City. It is not impossible.”
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
“I had a contract at Plymouth, I walked out on it and I will never do that again,” he told theDaily Mirror. “I’ve got a contract here for this year and next year, and I’m delighted and very proud to be a very small part of a magnificent football club.
“I saw it again the other evening – the statue we have outside now of Jimmy Armfield. This is an amazing club with an amazing history, and I like to feel that I have added to that. I’ve got a great relationship with my chairman [Karl Oyston], who will choose when I’m not here anymore. I wouldn’t have signed my contract for the length that I did if I wasn’t totally intent on seeing it through.
“I’m certainly never, ever going to bite the hand that feeds me. I make mistakes once and learn from them, and that is what I have done.”
“We got chatting, and he asked who have you got next – so I mentioned Tottenham, and Bolton, and said, of course, we finish up against you. I said I hoped they’d have the title wrapped up by then, and he said, ‘If we have, I’ll play myself against you, my old son!’
“I’ll hold him to that – although one of the members of my staff saw him play in Scotland, and he said the way Sir Alex’s teams play are a mirror of the way he used to go about it, the same energy and enthusiasm.”
”He’s that important to us that if he plays well, we play well,” Holloway said. ”But luckily some of the lads, particularly in the last two games, have raised their level and made up for him not being quite up to his normal level.
”It will always be difficult for Charlie to be able to play to his level and stand out. What he has got to do is make sure he plays simply, quickly, nicely and neatly, and forgets all these shots from the halfway line because that is not really going to help anybody when you are not on form. That’s not the way to get back in the game.
”We have spoken about it and I’ve put on some training this week for him and the rest of them to get it into their minds what is important. For 75% of the time you should be playing it nice and simple to your team-mates and 25% of the time you should be looking for a long diagonal if one is on.
”At the moment I would suggest that he is getting that balance slightly wrong.”
”He is a great player, a great lad and he’s allowed to be not totally on top form sometimes,” Holloway said. ”But if he goes too bad I might leave him out. I’ve got some other people here who are probably thinking ‘are you ever going to do that?’ So I’ll have to think about that.”
Tottenham - Assou-Ekotto (hamstring), Huddlestone (ankle), Hutton & Palacios (both knee), Khumalo (foot), King (groin), Woodgate (calf)
Blackpool - Basham (broken leg), Carney (shoulder)
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.6||1.3|
|Goals against *||1.0||2.1|
|Last 5 home||D-D-W-D-W||D-D-L-L-L|
|Last 5 away||L-D-D-L-W||L-D-L-L-L|
|* Goals per match – home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Goals||Rafael Van der Vaart 12||DJ Campbell 11|
|Assists||Rafael Van der Vaart 8||Charlie Adam 7|
|Yellows||Michael Dawson 5||Charlie Adam 11|
|Reds||Younes Kaboul 1||Ian Evatt 1|
|5/10||@Manchester City||5/14||Bolton Wanderers|
Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool Prediction
Tottenham wins 3-1
Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool Betting Odds
Tottenham win – 3/10
Draw – 4/1
Blackpool win – 9/1