Tottenham Hotspur’s odds of securing a top-four finish have drifted after Gareth Bale was stretchered off in last night’s Europa League clash with FC Basel.
The Welshman was carried from the field in agony late on in the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane after turning his right ankle awkwardly in a collision with David Degen.
Andre Villas-Boas suggested after the game that the initial prognosis was positive, claiming that Bale could even return for the Premier League clash with Manchester City on April 21st.
However, Spurs are sweating on the results of a scan on their talisman and the bookmakers at bwin have reacted quickly by significantly altering the prices in their top-four market.
Prior to last night’s encounter with the Swiss champions, Spurs were rated as 3/5 shots to secure Champions League qualification, with Arsenal at the same price, Chelsea marginally shorter at 2/5 and Everton at 9/1.
But with Bale – who has fired 22 goals in all competitions during a hugely impressive campaign – looking set for a spell on the sidelines, Villas-Boas’ men have drifted out to 17/20.
By the same token, the Gunners have seen their odds slashed to 11/20, while the Blues have been trimmed to 3/10 and the Toffees are now an 8/1 chance.
The immediate challenge for Spurs, who also saw Aaron Lennon and William Gallas pick up injuries, is picking themselves up for Sunday’s key visit of Everton.
Villas-Boas will be acutely aware that his charges have not won a Premier League game in which Bale has not scored since New Year’s Day.
But if the results of the scan are indeed positive, the market may well move again, so anyone who believes Spurs will finish in the top four could pick up a bargain by backing that 17/20 right now by clicking ‘add to betslip’ below.