Tottenham Hotspur travel to Blackpool to play their game in hand over Manchester City knowing that a win in the North West will give them third place in the Barclays Premier League.
Blackpool, however, have already proved more than once this season that they are a threat to teams in the league. However, they find themselves just two points above the relegation zone, despite an incredible run at the start of the season: they need a point or better from this, their only remaining game in hand on the teams around them.
Rafael van der Vaart, who has been in and out recently with a calf injury, will miss the match for Tottenham, as will Jonathan Woodgate and Vedran corluka, who both picked up injuries in the UEFA Champions League win over AC Milan. They join Ledley King and Tom Huddlestone on the Spurs injury list, which still includes Gareth Bale, who is yet to recover from his back injury.
Blackpool will be without Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Elliot Grandin, both with hamstring injuries. They join Basham, Crainey, Clarke, Gilks and Rachubka on the growing list of Blackpool players who are currently injured. Sergei Kornilenko and Salaheddine Sbai are also not expected to play in this fixture.
Both of Tottenham’s top-scorers in the league, then, are out of action, as the Londoners go to the North West without Van der Vaart and Bale, though they do have the attacking talents of Defoe, Pavlyuchenko and Crouch to “fall back on” proving their squad does posses real depth.
Blackpool have been better going forward this season than at the back, too, so goals have to be expected at either end. The home side have the skills of DJ Campbell, who has scored 9 league goals this term, and Chalie Adam, who has six to his name, to draw upon in what could prove to be a goal-fest at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool v Tottenham kicks off at 20:00 GMT at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground. The match will be refereed by Chris Foy.