Tottenham v Bolton

Last updated : 04 February 2011 By BBC Sport

Bolton may start on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge after the substitute fired a late winner on his debut in midweek.

Fellow new signing David Wheater again looks set for a place on the bench as he continues to settle into the squad.


Doubtful: Bale (back)

Injured: Huddlestone (ankle), Kaboul (knee), Modric (appendicitis), King (groin), Pienaar (concussion)


Doubtful: Steinsson (knee)

Injured: S Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Gardner (thigh), Samuel (calf)


Wednesday night's spirited victory at Blackburn ended Tottenham's three-match winless run in the league, yet far from being upbeat, manager Harry Redknapp was quick to dampen down any talk of emulating last season's top-four finish again this year.

For us to finish above them (Chelsea) would be a real feat. They have spent about ?70m in the transfer market. We have just got to keep going and it would be a fantastic achievement

Harry Redknapp, Tottenham manager

Redknapp's frustrations appear to stem from a lack of transfer dealings during the January window, when he added relatively cheap South African duo Steven Pienaar and Bongani Kumalo to his injury-depleted squad, while main rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool were all among the league's biggest spenders.

Redknapp's opposite number Owen Coyle is one man who is delighted that the January transfer window is now closed. Aside from keeping highly-rated duo Gary Cahill and Johan Elmander, the Bolton boss was able to boost his squad with the permanent addition of centre-back David Wheater and temporary capture of midweek goalscoring hero Daniel Sturridge.

That victory at home to Wolves on Wednesday night ended a run of five league games without a win. That barren spell was perhaps not surprising considering that Coyle was unable to name a full compliment of substitutes for much of the time as his threadbare squad was stretched to its limits.

With Wheater and Sturridge now onboard, and South Korean Chung-Yong Lee back after Asian Cup duty, there is genuine hope within the Trotters camp that they can return to the impressive form of earlier this season, and maybe even put together their own challenge for European football next term.



• The two clubs have meet 23 times in Premier League history, with Bolton edging Spurs by nine wins to eight.

• Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five home games against Bolton (W4, D1). The Trotters last victory came in October 2004, with Radhi Jaidi and Henrik Pedersen on target in a 2-1 win.

• Wanderers are eyeing a first Premier League double over Spurs since the 2004/05 season, and a third in total following their promotion back to the top flight in 1997.

Are Spurs out of the hunt for another top-four finish?


• Harry Redknapp's first game as Tottenham manager came in this corresponding fixture 27 months ago. That day his Spurs side won 2-0 with goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent. Under Redknapp, Spurs have accrued 160 Premier League points from a possible 279 - the fifth-best record during this period.

• Tottenham have not conceded a Premier League goal at White Hart Lane in 290 minutes. They have lost just once at home all season (1-0 v Wigan in August). Only unbeaten Manchester United have lost fewer.

• Spurs are unbeaten in all 10 league matches in which they have scored first this season.

• If selected, Peter Crouch will be making his 250th Premier League career appearance, while Aaron Lennon could start his 200th game for the club. Vedran Corluka may also play on his 25th birthday.


• Owen Coyle has not won on two previous trips to White Hart Lane as a manager. His Burnley side were beaten 5-0 in September 2009, and Bolton lost 1-0 last May.

• The Trotters have lost their last five away games, their worst run in over 15 years since losing nine in a row between August and December 1995.

• Bolton have lost 17 of their last 27 trips to London. They have won only three games during this period - all at West Ham.

• If selected, Ricardo Gardner will reach 400 appearances for the Trotters, Jussi Jaaskelainen will play his 350th Premier League game, Fabrice Muamba his 100th league game for the club and Robbie Blake his 100th Premier League match.



Van der Vaart: 11 goals (9 league); Bale: 11 goals (7 league)


Elmander: 10 goals (9 league); K Davies: 8 goals (7 league)


Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Assistant referees: Mike Cairns & Martin Yerby

Fourth official: Chris Foy


Tottenham (W1-0 v Blackburn, a): Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Jenas, Palacios, Lennon, Crouch, Defoe (Sandro 76). Subs not used: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Kranjcar, Khumalo, Woodgate, Pletikosa.

Bolton (W1-0 v Wolves, h): Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee (Moreno 67), Holden, M Davies, Taylor (Sturridge 67), Elmander, K Davies (Muamba 90). Subs not used: Bogdan, Petrov, Klasnic, Wheater.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport