Jose Mourinho will be desperate for a win to boost his hopes of guiding Spurs back to the Champions League, with six points between themselves and West Ham in fourth. While the Cottagers have worked their way back into the relegation battle, closing in on Newcastle and Brighton, with a draw last time out at Crystal Palace, with Roy Hodgson’s side holding Manchester United last night.
Parker is conscious of the threat of Bale, who produced his best form since returning to Spurs in the victory over Burnley: “Gareth was a match-winner. That season he was scoring goals, winning matches, he was just a fantastic football player which the team revolved around. You don’t have many players that the team revolve around, but certainly that year for us, it was Gareth. When you needed a goal, he was the guy who popped up to win you games. He was fantastic that season.”
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