Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers: Could Coyle give race for fourth another twist?
Bolton Wanderers tend to be a bit of a bogey team for Spurs; fortunately for Tottenham it only seems to apply at the Reebok. Harry Redknapp’s men have never triumphed over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium but it’s a totally different story when it comes to White Hart Lane. Spurs are unbeaten in their past five encounters with Bolton at the Lane and the visitors have only managed to win twice on the white half in north London in the past five decades. With Tottenham’s main rivals – Manchester City and Aston Villa playing each other today - it could turn out to be a great day for Redknapp and Tottenham.
With three games left to play Tottenham Hotspur have fourth place in their own hands. Victory this afternoon will ensure they enter Wednesday night’s clash with Manchester City in good spirits but they shouldn’t get ahead of themselves just yet as Bolton, although safe, have a lot to play for.
Owen Coyle is already making plans for next season and only wants players who can produce his style of football. There has been talk of the former Burnley boss raiding his old club for the likes of Chris Eagles and Wade Elliot, amongst others, so the current Bolton players are playing for their future.
Tottenham were brought crashing back down to earth at Old Trafford last weekend following two superb displays against bitter rivals Arsenal and the leaders Chelsea and will be hoping to get back to winning ways immediately. Spurs haven’t lost at home since Wolves stunned them in December but Bolton go into the game on the back of two unbeaten. Can they give the race for fourth place another twist?