On the 29th of August 2009, Tottenham Hotspurs will host Birmingham city at White Hart Lane, the home stadium of the spurs. Tottenham are the favorites to win this match as they have a well-balanced team with a good manager. Birmingham on the other hand, has just been promoted to the Premier League. Birmingham's lack of experience in the league will definitely give the Spurs a great advantage. Betfair is currently offering odds of 1.48 for a win for the Spurs, 3.7 for a draw and 8.6 for a win by Birmingham. Bet Click is offering -286, 350 and 800 for a Spurs win, a draw and a win by Birmingham respectively. Betsson is offering odds of -250 for the Spurs, 320 for a draw and 700 for a Birmingham win. -250, 300 and 850 are the odds offered by Expekt for a Tottenham win, draw and Birmingham win.
Tottenham will start with two strikers, Captain Robbie Keane being one of them. For years, his finishing has been the reason behind their victories. At the age of 29, he has tremendous experience in the league and the ability to bring the team together. English striker Jermaine Defoe is a perfect strike partner for Keane. Though small in stature, he can be quite a handful in the box. Luca Modric will be the attacking midfielder of the team and he is finally beginning to gel well with the team with his accurate long balls and finishing. Tom Huddlestone is a solid central midfielder and Aaron Lennon can rip any defense apart with his pace and crossing. Tottenham have a solid and an experienced defense with Ledley King leading the way.The Spursí new signing Sebastian Bassong from relegated Newcastle United is showing a lot of promise and is the perfect foil to King. Benoit Assou-Ekotto, The Spurs are expected to give the top four a good run for their money and they should ideally have an easy win over Birmingham.
Birmingham city, on the other hand, have just been promoted to the Premier League and have a reasonably good team. The team has a lot of hopes pinned on their manager Alex McLeish who has managed to pull surprises during his stint with his home country Scotland. The biggest strength of Birmingham are their experienced players like Lee Bowyer, Kevin Philips and Marcus Bent. They have a proven track record in the Premier League but they are all past 30, and only time will tell if they will be able to cope with the pressures of playing in the League. Christian Benitez, the Ecuadorian striker has shown great skill and promise and would play as the centre forward in a 4-4-1-1 attack. James McFadden, Scotlandís best striker will play as the lone striker upfront. They have a solid midfield with lots of experience with the likes of Barry Ferguson and Lee Bowyer. Towards the back, Birmingham have a good physical presence with center-backs Martin Taylor and Liam Ridgewell. The Irishman Keith Fahey will partner club captain Damien Johnson at the heart of their midfield. These two players had an exceptional run last season, and they are among the reasons for Birmingham qualifying for top flight football this year. Goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined the Blues on loan from Manchester city. He has earned a reputation for having a safe pair of hands and is expected to be the first choice keeper. Despite having a fairly strong side, most experts believe that they are no match for Tottenham, who in addition to the Premier League experience also have the advantage of playing at home.