It’s a good job that Gareth Bale was today singing the praises of Andre Villas-Boas, as even in pre-season the Welshman has already shown that it is imperative for Tottenham Hotspur to keep him out of the clutches of Manchester United and Real Madrid.
It was only Spurs’ first match of the summer, but once again it was Bale who shone for the north Londoners, scoring yet another screamer in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Swindon at the County Ground, and for all the hyperbole about being a one-man team, you do fear where they would be without him at the moment.
So it was probably music to the ears of Spurs fans when Bale was quoted talking about his “great relationship” with AVB.
“He definitely got the best out of me last season and hopefully can again,” he said.
Those words would have delighted the Portuguese, who desperately needs chairman Daniel Levy to keep his promise and not sell Bale, and the PFA Player of the Year will again be the star attraction when Spurs head to Colchester for their second pre-season match.
Tottenham are 9/50, with Colchester at 35/4 and the draw a 21/4 chance, and with Spurs such a short price, I think I will look away from the 3way market and look at the 19/20 that both teams score.
Colchester have been among the goals in their five pre-season games, hitting 13 in their four outings against non-league opposition and then grabbing a consolation in a 2-1 home defeat to West ham United on Wednesday, and it could be that they find the net again against Spurs.
No team were involved in more games where both teams scored last season than Tottenham, who saw 27 of their 38 league games fall into that category, including 15 of their 19 away games.
And with the team rusty and unfit, there is every chance they could let Colchester score, just like Swindon in midweek, and the 19/20 looks like a decent bet.