Enigmatic centre-forward Emmanuel Adebayor is set to start for Spurs in their Europa League Group K clash away to Sheriff Tiraspol and with the Togo international keen to prove he is worthy of a future at the club, 3/1 about him opening the scoring in Moldova looks cracking value.
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Spurs are 13/50 to win the game, with the hosts at 19/2 for a shock home victory and the draw 9/2.
Adebayor scored three goals in seven Europa League appearances last season, including the opener at home to Panathinaikos.
Despite only managing to find the back of the net five times in 25 Premier League games for the north Londoners in 2012/13 the languid forward came to life in Europe and matched PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year Gareth Bale’s tally in the continent’s consolation prize.
The 29-year-old scored four goals in his last three games of the 2011/12 season when played up front alone.
Adebayor’s meagre return of eight goals in all competitions for Spurs last term left the White Hart Lane faithful unimpressed with their striker’s attitude, but the fact that he was mostly utilised as a left forward and not in his favoured position through the middle may account for that less than prolific tally.
A dozen of his 18 goals for Spurs in his first season at the club were scored when sometime strike-partner Jermain Defoe was off the pitch, as were the two goals Adebayor grabbed in his last three Premier League games of the 2012/13 campaign which suggests Andre Villas-Boas should play his 6ft 3in forward up top on his own against Sheriff.
The former Arsenal and Man City man is the most experienced European campaigner in Spurs’ squad.
Despite missing out on European action in three separate seasons over the last decade Adebayor has 23 goals in 71 appearances in continental competition under his belt for the Gunners, City, Real Madrid, Monaco and Spurs which is 15 games more than Jan Vertonghen – the Lilywhites’ second-most experienced player in Europe.
That vast back catalogue includes a last-eight Champions League appearance for the Ligue 1 side in 2004 and quarter-final and semi-final starts in consecutive seasons in the same competition at Arsenal.