Andros Townsend can send a message to England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Montenegro by firing Tottenham to victory over West Ham United and punters should pile into the 8/1 for the winger to score first.
Free-flowing Spurs are priced at 2/5 to win while the visitors are friendless in the market at 27/4 and the draw is rated at 10/3.
Townsend has attempted more shots (14 – excluding blocked) than any other player yet to score in the Premier League this season
Timing is everything when it comes to plotting a successful punt.
Striking when the iron is hot is a phrase which perfectly describes the chances of the talented winger finding the net against the Hammers.
Townsend, who has been compared to Bayern Munich sensation Arjen Robben by former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, is in hot form but has yet to turn his devilish attacking play in to goals.
However, that drought is about to end against a flat-footed West Ham defence who will struggle to handle Townsend’s quick feet and swift change of direction.
Lumping on the tricky dribbler to score first at 8/1 looks a very shrewd tactic.
Tottenham have won 15 of their last 25 London derbies at home in the Premier League
Andre Villas Boas’ men have only lost two games on their own patch against fellow Londoners in the last six seasons while lacklustre West Ham have a habit of going missing in all-capital clashes.
They have taken just ten points from their last ten Premier League London derbies, losing six, including the last four in a row.
When you throw the east Londoners recent record away from home into the mix – winning just one of their last 16 away days – taking a punt on Tottenham’s 2/5 odds resembles a very clever investment.
West Ham have scored just 11 goals away from home in 22 matches since returning to the Premier League
The serious heel injury sustained to striker Andy Carroll looks potentially disastrous for West Ham, who are woefully short of options in attack and are a juicy 9/2 to be relegated.
Modibo Maiga, a £4.3m signing from Sochaux, has been about as much use as an inflatable dartboard in front of goal and Spurs should be confident about winning this encounter to nil.
Splash the cash on a 2-0 (23/4) and 3-0 (8/1) home win.