Tottenham were perhaps a touch unfortunate to go down 3-2 at Liverpool last Sunday but boss Andre Villas-Boas won’t be down hearted about the defeat, especially as his team have now booked their place in the Europa League last eight, and his team should bounce back domestically pretty easily as they entertain former boss Martin Jol’s Fulham.
The Cottagers don’t travel well so Paddy Power’s 8/15 about a Spurs triumph looks like a banker and punters looking to boost the odds, perhaps to replenish the coffers after an expensive Cheltenham week, should look to the handicaps, where the home side are 7/5 (Stan James) when starting a goal behind.
Gareth Bale missed out through suspension at Inter in midweek so he’ll be fresh and raring to go and he’ll inevitably be well backed to notch first, although bookies have cottoned on to his excellent form meaning the best price available is Coral’s 3/1.
A more attractive alternative is to back Bale at 9/4 (bet365) to fire the first Tottenham goal and staying with the scoring, Tottenham have tended to bag plenty in the second half so Ladbrokes’ 5/4 for them to notch in the final 15 minutes isn’t without appeal.
Gareth Bale to score the first Spurs goal – 9/4 (bet365)