Tottenham v Blackburn preview
Tottenham host Blackburn this weekend in a Premier League clash labelled as a "must-win" for both sides.
By Jonathan Jurejko
Last Updated: 30/04/12 12:53pm
Champions League-chasing Tottenham host second-bottom Blackburn this weekend in a Premier League clash labelled as a "must-win" for both sides.
Spurs have dropped out of the top four following a dismal run of just one victory in their last nine matches.
At the other end of the table, Blackburn are deep in the relegation mire with just three games left to save their top-flight status.
Tottenham defender Ryan Nelsen, who left Rovers for White Hart Lane in January, has stressed the importance of the match by admitting both sides need wins for their respective battles.
Harry Redknapp's team occupied third place for the bulk of the campaign but have been overhauled by bitter rivals Arsenal and Newcastle in the race for a place among Europe's elite.
Redknapp has told his players they need to win all four of their remaining matches if they want to climb back into the top four - starting with the visit of Blackburn on Sunday.
Continental action seems a distant memory for Rovers, who are three points away from safety with time running out.
It has been a tempestuous season for the Lancashire club with frustrated fans voicing their anger at owners Venky's and manager Steve Kean throughout.
Kean's men seemed to have turned the corner with two straight wins last month before they plummeted back into the drop zone with a horror run of five defeats.
Victory against Norwich last weekend was a vital lifeline and they could lift themselves out of trouble with only their third away success of the season.
But Spurs, who have lost just three home games this term, know another White Hart Lane triumph may reduce their three-point deficit on Newcastle.
Younes Kaboul and Emmanuel Adebayor have recovered from their respective knee and hamstring injuries and will be available.
Ledley King is a doubt with his chronic knee injury, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been ruled out for the season after dislocating his shoulder against QPR.
Niko Kranjcar (knee), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (ankle) are out.
Blackburn manager Kean has virtually a full squad, with Montenegro midfielder Simon Vukcevic recovering from a virus.
Jason Lowe has shaken off a knee problem so only Grant Hanley, who has an ankle ligament injury, is missing.
Possible starting XIs
Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor.
Blackburn: Robinson; Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson; Lowe, Dunn, Nzonzi, Pedersen; Hoilett, Yakubu.