Tuesday night sees four Premier League fixtures with Spurs against Fulham the live game on Sky Sports 2, with the programme starting at 7.30pm.
Tottenham need a win to retain their hold on 4th place, they have struggled a bit at home over the last couple of weeks, with draws against Hull and then Leeds in Saturday’s FA Cup fixture. On both occasions they dominated the game, but on both occasions they failed to put their opponents away.
Don’t expect Jermain Defoe to take any penalties that might come Spurs’ way, Harry Rednapp seems set to change his taker after admitting that the situation needs looking at. In truth, his penalty on Saturday was bloody awful.
Fulham haven’t been brilliant lately either, losing their last two Premier League fixtures away at Stoke (3-2) and Blackburn (2-0). The reverse fixture ended in a 0-0 draw in late December.
Burnley should be fired up and looking to show Owen Coyle that he made a mistake leaving them, their awful away form may well have been a factor in Coyle’s decision to move.
A home win for Bolton would see them overtake Burnley and move out of the bottom three. At this stage of the season that may well have a psychological effect on both teams with Burnley, possibly feeling they are where they expected to be by now.
Portsmouth already look doomed on the pitch, their outlook seems to sound worse everyday off the pitch as well. With payday again looming, how many players might have that in the back of their minds?
West Ham seem to be starting to move in the opposite direction, the recent takeover has virtually secured the financial future of the club. On the pitch the players all seem to want to play for Zola, and they got a good point with a battling draw away to Villa in their last outing.
Carlton Cole could return in a further boost, and they are now in a position where they don’t have to accept any miserly offers for any of their other star players.
The nights other match sees Wolves take on Rafa Benitez’s, Liverpool side. Despite all the ‘media’ negativity around Liverpool at the moment, their league form isn’t actually that bad.
They have won three of their last four leagues games, including victories over top four finish rivals, Aston Villa and Tottenham, they only narrowly avoided making it four wins out of four but for a last minute equaliser against Stoke.
Who knows what to expect with Wolves or Mick McCarthy. Their recent home defeat to those away day specialists Wigan must have been a major blow to their confidence.
With a Saturday fixture away to Hull looming, will McCarthy dare do it again and change the team? Surely he wouldn’t get away with it at home to Liverpool?
McCarthy certainly looks and sounds stupid enough to try it again. But with his track record as a manager in the Premier League, surely he can’t afford to chuck any possible wins away.
And if thats not bad enough for McCarthy, Steven Gerrard is in contention to make his comeback.
7.45pm, Portsmouth V West Ham – Portsmouth are a best of 8/5 with Boylesports.
Nothing jumps out at me from this lot. West Ham look too short, while Spurs have looked anything but solid at home lately.
At a push I would go for Liverpool and Bolton. I can’t see Wolves doing much to trouble Liverpool, and Bolton don’t look bad value at 4/5 at home to one of the worst travellers in the league.