With each passing victory Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge gathers momentum and credibility, and central to the north Londoners’ continued success has been their ability to find the back of the net.
While they have been far from rampant in recent weeks, they have now scored in a club record 19 consecutive league games and that record looks set to continue against Wolves at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
The goals for Spurs in the league have been shared around so far this season, with Emmanuel Adebayor netting nine, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale scoring seven apiece while Rafael Van der Vaart has also chipped in with seven.
Of these players, it is Bale who arguably offers the best value in the goalscorer market, with Adebayor’s chance to conversion rate surprisingly low, Defoe unlikely to start and Van der Vaart managing just one strike in nearly three months.
Odds of 7/5 offered on Bale to score at any time look big enough to consider investing in and far more appealing than the 9/10 available on Adebayor to do so.
The Welshman is also a 11/2 shot to score first, which means returns of £162.50 are on offer for punters successfully using their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on this outcome.
If you intend to back a Wolves player to score in the match then you are probably either very brave or have an allegiance to the side from the Black Country.
It is Bale who arguably offers the best value in the goalscorer market, with Adebayor’s chance to conversion rate surprisingly low, Defoe unlikely to start and Van der Vaart managing just one strike in nearly three months.
Mick McCarthy’s team have managed just eight goals in ten away games this season (only Fulham have scored fewer), while in their last nine league matches at White Hart Lane, Spurs have let in just three goals.
So the statistics do not make for particularly encouraging reading, yet in football and indeed the Premier League, anything can happen.
Steven Fletcher is Wolves’ leading scorer, having managed eight goals this season, including strikes against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.
If the visitors are to score, it is likely to come from the Scot, who is particularly prolific in the air, and odds of 5/2 for him to score at any time make him a decent outside bet in the goalscorers market.
But the smart money surely looks to be on Bale to continue his impressive form by contributing to a victory which could send Spurs level on points with leaders Manchester City.
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