The Teesiders make the trip to White Hart Lane in an effort to try and record their first away win in over 9 months. Spurs have enjoyed great form at home, but have not been able to convert that away from home. Although this match being at home the advantage is definitely for the London side to put it a good performance. Tottenham were involved in an embarrassing defeat to the gunners last week and will look to make a strong comeback. Middlesbrough lost out to a spirited Manchester United team on Saturday and will be looking to record their first away win too.
Spurs are going into this game with a couple of injury worries, Jermaine Jenas might not be able to be fit in time for this match with an ankle injury. Edgar Davids might also miss out with an eye problem. Paul Stalleri is out with a knee injury while Mido misses out with a pull in his groin muscle. Anthony Gardner is also doubtful for this match and is unlikely to feature. Gareth Southgate might be forced to make changes to the team he fielded against United because of injury doubts to Abel Xavier and Jonathan Woodgate who was substituted at half time as a precaution. There is ofcourse some good news for Southgate with the return of Mark Viduka after recovering from his broken toe. It will be interesting to see what striking partnership Spurs will put on the field. Whether it will be the inform striker, Jermaine Defoe who will make Martin Jol’s lineup or he will keep it the same with Robbie Keane and Berbatov.
Just because it is at home and Spurs are having a great run at the Lane, with 5 consecutive wins I am leaning towards them for this match. Spurs to win at 1.72 is a decent strong bet. A first half draw and a winner for Spurs in the second half will fetch you odds of 4.50.