Some strikers toil away all season, scoring a steady flow of important goals during an entire campaign. Other strikers are more hit and miss, able to score several goals in consecutive games before hitting an exasperating barren run that makes you wonder how they scored all those goals in the first place.
Without a doubt, Emmanuel Adebayor belongs in the latter category. The Togo international can be frustratingly inconsistent, go through stages where he looks like he’s hardly played football in his life and couldn’t care less if he had but when he’s hot, he is hot and at the moment there is no denying that Adebayor is hot.
For all the talk of Coyle’s attractive style of play, the Trotters are still direct and still look to set-pieces for goals and for that reason Kevin Davies is the man to be on at 8/1 to score fist and 9/4 anytime.
Adebayor has scored four goals in the last two games and could easily have had four more as Tottenham continue to play an exciting, expansive and above all penetrative style of football that is endearing them to neutrals.
With the same expected on Saturday at home to Bolton, Adebayor can be the man for Spurs again.
Odds of 3/1 for him to score first (3/4 anytime) are a tad short, but with four of the former Arsenal man’s seven goals coming in the last fortnight, it might pay to get on Adebayor while the going is good.
A sound alternative to Adebayor is Gareth Bale. The Welsh wonder must have endured a truly horrid week following the death of national team manager Gary Speed last Sunday but there would be no more fitting tribute than for Bale to continue his brilliant form with either the first goal at 11/2 or anytime at 13/10.
Seven goals and some blistering performances this season suggest he could well do that.
Bolton, meanwhile, are in a mess, pure and simple. In the relegation zone with just three wins all season, Owen Coyle is slowly but surely losing the reputation he built as a promising young manager. Injuries have played their part, no doubt, but ten league defeats is the most in the division and it is nigh on impossible to make a case for them winning at Tottenham on Saturday.
But can they score? Well, Wanderers have actually found the net ten times on the road this season and have only drawn one blank in eight away games in all competitions. Those statistics give some hope and, as we know, Spurs are not watertight – they have kept only three league clean sheets all season.
For all the talk of Coyle’s attractive style of play, Bolton are still direct and still look to set-pieces for goals and for that reason Kevin Davies is the man to be on at 8/1 to score fist and 9/4 anytime. The veteran striker, who has scored twice this term, has seven goals for Bolton against Tottenham, including a brace against them last season.
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