Is there a more entertaining team to watch in the Premier League than Tottenham Hotspur?
Yes, they are probably going to finish behind the two Manchester clubs, who will no doubt be the ones battling it out for the title come May, but I haven’t enjoyed watching any side as much as I’ve enjoyed watching Harry Redknapp’s this season.
Some veteran Tottenham fans even go as far as to say the current crop are as good a side as the historic double winners of 1961 and it’s easy to see why.
Pace, power, skill, flair and steel (not always a typical Tottenham trait over recent years), this team has it all and they are well ahead of the other top four pretenders.
No-one epitomises this more than Gareth Bale and with the Welsh wonder in such incredible form, you have to be on the 9/1 with bwin that he opens the scoring when he returns to his homeland to face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
At Carrow Road, Bale was given a free role and Norwich just couldn’t handle him – I don’t see Swansea faring much better.
Bale, who is 5/2 to score at any time in the match, scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season against Norwich on Tuesday in a scintillating display.
He notched twice, but in truth he could have had five or six as he matched his goal tally for the whole of last season before we’ve even reached the New Year.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that he will break that tally, and then some. At Carrow Road, Bale was given a free role and Norwich just couldn’t handle him – I don’t see Swansea faring much better.
The Swans have the best home defence in the Premier League but they were quite poor, particularly in the second half, in their 1-1 draw with QPR on Tuesday and I think Saturday could be the time a dent is made in their goals against column.
Bale has opened the scoring three times for Spurs this year (and twice for Wales) and the 9/1 is just huge, especially if he is again given the licence to roam as he wishes.
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Another player who is worth consideration is Emmanuel Adebayor. With six goals in his last seven games, he is Tottenham’s top scorer with nine goals and has to be in your thoughts at 9/2 to score first and 6/5 at any time.
As for Swansea, I have sung their praises so far this year but I must admit I was pretty concerned by their performance against a limited QPR side.
Plenty of possession in the first half was to be expected, but there wasn’t much cutting edge and QPR bossed the second half in a manner that will worry boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Swans still boast the sixth-best home record but have scored just 11 goals – only five teams have netted less.
Danny Graham, who scored last time out, was Swansea’s most penetrative player and looks like their most likely scorer at 13/2 to notch first and 9/5 to bag at any time.
Graham, the top scorer in the Championship last season with 27 goals for Watford, has made the step up remarkably well with six goals thus far and if Swansea are going to score against Tottenham, he’s definitely the man most likely.
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