Tottenham winger Gylfi Sigurdsson has done well to keep his place in the team following the raft of summer signings brought into White Hart Lane and after bagging both goals against Norwich last time out in the league he can follow up with another against Cardiff at odds of 3/1.
The former Reading and Hoffenheim man has started five of Spurs’ seven games in all competitions so far and came off the bench in another.
His brace against the Canaries was followed by a spirited performance in the north Londoners 3-0 Europa League win over Tromso and the 18-times capped Icelander should really have put one of his four shots beyond visiting keeper Marcus Sahlman.
Sigurdsson will certainly be more familiar with his surroundings than many of the visiting team in the Welsh capital, having faced Cardiff twice in the Championship four seasons ago when at Reading and also in the FA Cup when on loan from the Royals at Shrewsbury Town.
With £30m signing from Roma Erik Lamela breathing down his neck for a spot on the left-wing Sigurdsson needs to keep his work-rate up and another goalscoring display in the league should be enough to hold the young Argentinean at bay for the moment.
Tottenham are 4/5 to leave the Valleys with a win and the hosts are 13/4 to make it seven Premier League points out of nine at the Cardiff City Stadium.
However, with both sides coming in to this game in solid form the draw at 13/5 looks like a shrewd punt here.
Malky Mackay’s Bluebirds have shared the spoils in their last two league games against Everton and Hull and grabbed all the points in an epic 3-2 come-from-behind win against Man City.
Andre Villas-Boas has already expressed concerns with the Lilywhites’ mounting fixture list, with the trip to Cardiff followed by a Capital One Cup tie at Aston Villa two days later.
The Portuguese has plenty of options available to him should he feel the need to rotate his starting line-up, but Cardiff’s opening day defeat at West Ham is their only reverse so far this term and they can hold on for another point.