Blackburn will be a difficult team to break down as they showed last season in the final game of the season when they came for a draw and succeeded without too many alarms. Their record at White Hart Lane since their return to top-flight football in 1992 is good - most of the games have been close with the exception of the 2003 Spurs debacle when Hoddle's team brought an inauspicious season to a close with a 0-4 defeat.
Spurs' Premiership Record against Blackburn at WHL:
P. 11 W. 5 D. 2 L. 4 Goals For: 12 Ag. 14
Spurs best result was a 3-1 victory in February, 1995.
- whether Defoe or Keane partners Midi in attack
- what permutation of midfield he selects. With Tainio available again, he has a wide choice - Carrick, Davids, Jenas, Murphy and Lennon if he is passed fit. Whoever plays in midfield will have to be prepared to battle with the Blackburn players and show a willingness to run with the ball at the Rovers defence and take players on in an effort to provide more room for the strikers.
- He may also be considering a change at right back where Paul Stalteri has not been as effective in recent games, with Stephen Kelly waiting for his chance.