Despite suffering a knock on international duty, Rafael van der Vaart has been training with his Tottenham team-mates and looks on course to start when Aston Villa visit White Hart Lane.
This is a huge boost to Spurs fans and players alike, but will also please punters who have pocketed a small fortune from backing the in-form midfielder to get on the scoresheet so far this season.
The fleet-footed maestro has been in sublime form, scoring six Premier League goals in eight starts. Furthermore, he has notched the first goal of the game on four occasions and therefore 9/2 for him to do so again on Monday night looks a big price.
Should Van der Vaart score first at these odds, punters would win £137.50 if they used the free £25 bet available to new customers who join bwin.com.
This fixture last season saw Van der Vaart single-handedly earn the home side all three points. Two tremendous finishes from the left boot of the former Real Madrid star saw Spurs overturn a one-goal deficit.
He followed up this performance on Boxing Day when Tottenham took the trip to the Midlands, providing the travelling fans with a late Christmas present when he opened the scoring.
Considering the form he is currently in, and his knack for notching against Villa, it could even be worth a little bet on Van der Vaart to score two or more goals at a tempting 19/4.
Alex McLeish’s side have somewhat struggled in front of goal thus far this season and have been solely reliant on Gabby Agbonlahor and Darren Bent to provide their firepower.
Bent, in particular, would love to score against his former side and prove Harry Redknapp wrong for his infamous ‘my missus would have buried that’ jibe after the England striker missed a sitter while playing for Spurs against Portsmouth in January 2009.
With five Premier League goals to his name so far, Bent will be looking to add to his tally and is available at odds of 9/5 to score at any time in the 90 minutes. Bwin customers can get 13/2 for the ex-Sunderland man to open the scoring, which he has only done on the solitary occasion this campaign.
Agbonlahor has been more potent when it comes to breaking the deadlock, scoring first three times to date. With this in mind, 9/1 for the pacey forward to score first may offer better value.
But with Tottenham breaking the deadlock before the interval in their last seven league fixtures, it would surely seem wise to opt for their attacking players when betting on a first goalscorer.
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