With his record in north London derbies it would almost be a shock if Emmanuel Adebayor didn’t score this weekend.
In his nine previous derbies Emmanuel Adebayor has scored an incredible eight times, the best goals-per-game ratio of any player to contest a fixture that dates back over 120 years.
Though all of those goals came for Arsenal, with three goals in his first three games for Tottenham it makes sense to bet on him adding to that total when he plays his first derby in a white shirt.
Adebayor is 19/20 with bwin to score a goal anytime, but with an average of four goals a game in the last ten Spurs-Arsenal games the odds on him scoring more than one goal are worth considering.
The Togo striker is 9/2 to get two or more goals and 20/1 to become the first Spurs player to score a hat trick against Arsenal since 1961.
New customers using the ₤25 free bet they receive when signing up to a bwin account would win ₤525 if Adebayor bags three goals or more.
By contrast, his new Spurs strike partner, Jermain Defoe, has a poor record versus Arsenal having not scored against them since 2004 but having benefited from Adebayor’s arrival, he will be confident of ending that streak.
Defoe is 17/10 to score any time and punters looking for extra value should back him at 6/1 in the first goal market as opening strikes accounted for 50 per cent of his tally last season.
Robin van Persie has successfully taken over the goalscoring mantel at the Emirates since Adebayor left in 2009.
The Dutchman scored his 100th Arsenal goal in last weekend’s 3-0 win against Bolton and with 23 of his strikes coming this calendar year, this makes him excellent value at 17/10 to get another.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring in this fixture last season after just five minutes, and he is 12/1 with bwin to give Arsenal another fast start this year.
In that game Arsenal blew a two-goal lead to draw 3-3, with Rafael van der Vaart getting Spurs’ equaliser.
If Harry Redknapp sticks with his preferred pairing of Defoe and Adebayor, odds of 6/1 for Van der Vaart to score the last goal look a good option.
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