When Ipswich travelled to White Hart Lane prior to Christmas there was a significant outcome for all concerned. Not only did Town inflict Spurs' first home defeat since Manchester United triumphed so spectacularly back in September, but the Tractor Boys registered their first league win for 15 matches!
George Burley's side then proceeded to collect maximum points from their next two fixtures and would have made it four straight wins had Charlton not performed a heroic comeback at The Valley on New Year's Day. Nevertheless, Ipswich have duly hauled themselves off the foot of the Premiership.
The rejuvenated Blues continued to rebuild their previously battered confidence by ending Dagenham and Redbridge's FA Cup dream last weekend, while the Spurs playing staff were afforded a rest after their clash with Coventry fell foul of the weather. Needless to say Glenn Hoddle's team will be hungry for action and keen for revenge.
Unfortunately for the Lilywhites, Teddy Sheringham will be forced to view the game from the stands as he serves the second of a three-match ban after an incident with Town's John McGreal in the aforementioned fixture. But there may be opposing fortunes for the hosts as they could welcome back star striker Marcus Stewart, who has been out of league action since mid-November with a broken jaw.
The former Bristol Rovers predator has weighed in with five goals this term and should offer Ipswich a genuine threat up front.
If Burley's men could fine tune their accuracy they would undoubtedly be one of the deadliest team's in the top flight. Only Leeds, Arsenal and Manchester United - the top three sides in the Premiership - have unleashed more shots than Town, so Spurs have been warned.
Central defender Dean Richards was the north Londoners match winner when they defeated Blackburn last time out, but he may have to rely on his colleagues to help him out at the opposite end this time around.
Both teams need the points to fulfil their immediate goals, be it a place in Europe or Premiership survival, so a tightly-fought contest is in prospect. SurreySPORTS are offering odds of 17/2 on the hosts to run out 2-1 winners leaving the visitors frustrated and deflated.