Reaching the Carling Cup Final has become a major priority of Tottenham Hotspur's season, says manager Harry Redknapp as he takes his relegation threatened Premiership team to Burnley for the second leg of a semi-final which Spurs are odds-on to win.
After recovering from a 1-0 half-time deficit to win 4-1 in the first leg at White Hart Lane, Wednesday evening's second leg task at Turf Moor looks straightforward. Even Clarets' boss Owen Coyle admits: "You don't have to be Einstein to recognise that Tottenham, with all their quality and a three-goal lead, are clear favourites."
But Redknapp, whose team are still in both the FA Cup and Uefa Cup, wants to make absolutely certain as he looks to take Spurs to a second successive Wembley Final in the Carling Cup - but this time to use Cup success as a springboard to League safety.
Previous manager Juande Ramos was in charge when Tottenham won last season's Final against Chelsea. But following that March triumph only three games were won before Ramos was replaced by Redknapp in October.
Spurs are now above the Premiership relegation zone only on goal difference and, with a Final against Manchester United in prospect, Redknapp says: "The key for us is getting into the Final and winning some League games. We have to get to Wembley and stay in the Premier League. The FA Cup and Uefa Cup are very secondary."
Redknapp will head to Turf Moor with a weakened team due to injury problems. Ledley King, Heurelho Gomes, Vedran Corluka, Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Jenas are all set to miss the game. "We've got one or two good players missing but," insists the manager, "we'll still have a strong team out."
Goalkeeper Gomes will be replaced by 22 year-old Ben Alnwick, who will be making his debut two years after making a £900,00 move from Sunderland.
Alnwick's opposite number, the far more experienced Bryan Jensen, will be in goal for the Coca-Cola Championship team and is hoping that somehow he and his colleagues can produce a massive turnaround in fortunes.
The 33 year-old keeper said: "It looks bleak and it's so disappointing that we played such a bad game at their place with a Final so close. But they think they've made it now, and if we can get ahead by a goal or two they might be nervous."
Like Tottenham, Burnley will have key players missing with captain Steven Caldwell suspended and striker Steve Thompson cup-tied.
But manager Coyle will nevertheless be hoping for a result that can lead to a Championship revival for the Clarets, who have lost five of their last seven games and have dropped out of the Play-Off places.
Coyle says: "A Championship club facing a three goal deficit against a Premiership side - there's no doubt we're having to climb Everest and beyond, but I believe that if we play to our capabilities then we can win the match on the night.
"I'm looking to make it an exciting night and I don't want it to be lost on us that we're in the semi-final of a major cup competition. I want everyone to go out and enjoy the occasion with no negative thoughts. Let's go out and get the place rocking, enjoy the occasion and look to win a football match."