After spending the majority of his career so far sat somewhere just over Arsene Wenger’s left shoulder, Nicklas Bendtner could be forgiven for thinking he’s just disembarked from some sort of nightmarishly long taxi ride.
But with Asamoah Gyan’s shock departure to UAE side Al-Ain, the striker can now look forward to a prolonged run in Steve Bruce’s side and has odds of 17/10 to take his opportunity by scoring against Stoke City on Sunday. A goal from Bendtner at these odds would bring home £67.50 when using the free £25 bet available to new customers who sign up to a bwin account.
Certainly when given the chance to start in games, the uber-confident Dane has shown he can deliver. A season on loan at Birmingham in 2006/2007 saw the striker score 11 goals when he was starting games. Bendtner was only named on the Arsenal team sheet for three games last season (despite starting and scoring against Wigan in December he was back on the bench for the next game) but did score against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium in a rare start for Arsene Wenger’s side in February 2010.
However, the Potters are unquestionably in the better form, unbeaten as they are in eight games so far this season. Former Sunderland man and current top scorer Kenwyne Jones has odds of 13/2 to notch the first goal of the game. Perhaps more tempting however could be to predict a repeat of last season’s thrilling encounter between these two sides which saw Robert Huth score two late goals to secure the three points for Stoke. Bwin offers odds of 16/1 on the big German scoring last this time around.
Having said that, Bendtner has such unshakable self-belief – he apparently scored ten out of nine in a ‘self-perceived competence’ test while at Arsenal – that the smart choice could be to bet on Bendtner. He certainly would.
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