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Spurs grab late win

Posted 20th September 2010

Spurs ended their recent poor run with an unconvincing victory over battling Wolves at White Hart Lane. Spurs started out brightly, and controlled much of the first half. Robbie Keane made his first start in a white shirt since his loan spell at Celtic and caused Wolves problems until being replaced by Pavlyuchenko midway through the second half, although Keane was less than clinical with his finishing.

Wolves were unlucky to have left London without at least a point, and the scoreline flattered Spurs who equalised through a penalty, and sealed the win with a freak deflection during a spell of pressure from the visitors. That said, Tottenham were all over Wolves in the early going, and were unlucky to not have been ahead at the break. Gareth Bale continued his run of excellent form, and Van der Vaart looked sharp until his substitution to give Aaron Lennon a run out.

Spurs have a tricky run approaching, and in October face derbies away at West Ham and Fulham, visits from Aston Villa and Everton, and a trip to Old Trafford. Oh, and a little known Italian side called Inter Milan will throw open the doors of the San Siro on the 20th. Inter have made a promising start to their Serie A campaign, and will provide tough opposition for Tottenham who cannot afford to shy away from attacking the giants of European football. If Spurs feel they deserve to be in the Champions League then these are the sort of huge games they will need to have the ability to handle the pressure of these massive games. You won't get too many people placing big Premier League bets on Spurs to perform domestically after an away trip in Europe.

Although they are currently sitting in fifth with the same points tally as Manchester City, Tottenham cannot afford to rest on their laurels. After throwing away a two goal lead against Werder Bremen on Tuesday, and only managing to claim one point from West Brom and Wigan in recent weeks, it seems Harry Redknapp has a lot of work to do before he can drag his team toward being a permanent Champions League fixture. He needs to make sure he can get his players as up for their league games as they are for their big European nights. If he doesn't, then Man City will be all over that essential top four spot.

Meanwhile, the Leicester betting tips suggest the former Premier League team could slip into the third tier of English football.

The side currently sit in the relegation places in the Championship and will need to show signs of improving soon.