Perhaps Redknapp will simply be looking forward to the chance to train with the Spurs squad ahead of this match following a ‘nightmare’ four years which has seen the 64-year-old steer the north London side towards the top of the Premier League despite the court case hanging over him like the sword of Damocles.
Tottenham are a 1/2 chance (Coral £25 free bets) to claim a 10th victory of the season at White Hart Lane although they were distinctly lacklustre when drawing 0-0 at Liverpool on Monday and it was only the stout defensive performance to take away as a positive for the north London side.
In addition, they will have to handle the twin threat of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in this match, with Alan Pardew almost certain to pair the two Senegalese strikers in a bid to cause an upset at the Lane. We have certainly seen worse 13/2 shots (Paddy Power bookmaker) than a Magpies side who are only eight points behind their opponents in the table.
The two teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at St James’ Park earlier in the season and perhaps the 7/2 (Betfred) about this game ending all square is the best bet, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Rafael Van der Vaart having all missed the match at Anfield.
Gareth Bale is one of the main reasons why Spurs have had an outside chance of the title this term, although the more realistic aim is a top four place and the Welshman is a big price at 7/1 to score the first goal of this particular match.