Harry Redknapp could probably field his youth team on Thursday evening and Tottenham would still reach the Europa League group stage after a comprehensive 5-0 win at Tynecastle last week which served to highlight the difference between the English and Scottish top flight.
Sunday’s game against Manchester City is a vital one for Spurs after their opener against Everton was postponed and last Monday’s trip to Old Trafford saw them compete pretty well for the first hour of the match before being overrun by Manchester United.
Even so, Redknapp will be looking for the team to produce a professional performance and Tottenham are 3/10 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory against their Edinburgh opponents, with the same firm offering 4/6 that Spurs lead at half-time and full-time.
We should expect the likes of Jermain Defoe, Rafael Van der Vaart and Gareth Bale to be rested for the match, although Roman Pavlyuchenko could lead the line and the Russian is a 5/1 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to break the deadlock against a Hearts team looking to salvage some pride.
The visitors are an 11/1 chance (Coral) to claim victory in this second leg and that is not a bad price considering that Tottenham will be fielding a weakened line-up and that the SPL side will feel as though they have a point to prove.