In focus: Tottenham v Getafe

Last updated at 12:45 25 October 2007

White Hart Lane, tonight, 7.45pm Live on ITV4


First things first, Tottenham must keep a clean sheet, not only to win this game but to regain some much-needed confidence.

Concentration at the back has to improve, especially from set-pieces, which Getafe are sure to target.

Ruben de le Red

The back-four need to be tighter and ready to cover for any beaten team-mate, something they failed to do on Monday night.

They haven't had too many problems scoring goals this season and manager Martin Jol is sure to pair moody Dimitar Berbatov with Robbie Keane, who has seven goals in as many games.


Tottenham will be without Gareth Bale (foot) and Paul Robinson (calf). Ricardo Rocha (ankle), Kevin-Prince Boateng (ankle) and Ledley King (knee) are all still out.


Anyone who progresses through Real Madrid's academy system must have a skill or two and this midfielder will be looking to dominate at White Hart Lane.

The 22-year-old joined Getafe in the summer, but Madrid can buy him back in the next two years.

The champions want him to get more experience, though he has proved he can handle playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world as he made a number of appearances last season.

De la Red has made a big impact at Getafe with his clever passing and is tipped to become a star for Spain.


Dimitar Berbatov v Roberto Abbondanzieri

The Bulgarian wasn't happy to only be a substitute against Newcastle as Jol was saving him for this UEFA Cup tie, so he may be fired up to take his frustration out on Getafe.

It was in this competition 12 months ago Barbatov began to show his best form after a similarly slowstart to the season, but he'll find it tough to beat Abbondanzieri.

Argentina's No1 won't be fazed by the White Hart Lane pressure.

Jermaine Jenas v Javier Casquero

The last time Jenas had a shocker he bounced back to be man of the match in the next game against Derby.

He will be looking for history to repeat itself after his terrible showing at Newcastle but faces a tough task against the experienced Casquero, who poses a danger with his powerful long-range shooting.

Michael Dawson v Kepa Blanco

Defending is all about organisation and Dawson will be under pressure to get things right as the current leader of the Spurs backline.

He looks set to be up against Kepa, who West Ham fans will recognise from his loan spell at Upton Park last season.

The 23-year-old scored once against Liverpool and was also on the pitch when Tottenham hit two late goals to win 4-3 in March.

FORM GUIDE (last five games)


bt M'boro 2-0 (h) dr A Villa 4-4 (h) dr Famagusta 1-1 (a) dr Liverpool 2-2 (a) lst Newcastle 3-1 (a)


lst Valencia 2-1 (a) lst R Madrid 1-0 (h) lst FC Twente 3-2 (a) lst Mallorca 4-2 (a) w Murcia 2-0 (h)

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