Derby day. The worst of all days for the punters. In a totally cliched manner, tensions run high and bad decisions are made. Mainly by Adebayor, his awful decision making is only outweighed by the the managers who sign him.
It's no surprise that both sides are priced above even money; Spurs are widely available at 13/10 and Arsenal to win away are 47/18 at Pinnacle, whatever that price means.
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This fixture has been won by the home side on all of the last 3 occasions, memorably won 5-2 twice in a row by the Gunners. Brave punters can get 200/1 plus on Arsenal making it a third 5-2 in row, but we advise to lay that one. Ryan Giggs has had to sign a contract extension and sleep with all of his family in order to steal the headlines of the Welsh papers, as everyone is only talking about one Welsh winger these days. And he is the only factor to consider in this match. When Gareth Bale has produced performances of his current nature in the past, they haven't always lasted; but only a fool would go against him currently, despite the end being nigh. Arsenal's slow and clumsy backline may get caught leaving a leg dangling in on Bale.
So, what do we have in the Gareth Bale markets: 11/2 to score first, 4/1 to win Man of the Match, 3/1 for a wincast and to score from a free kick is 5/1. Whilst the wincast bets are gaining popularity, for the price to be almost double to score first is far better value. Looking at the away side, there's little that stands out. German-70-minute-a-match-man Lucas Podolski is 10/1 with Betway (top of the market on all first scorers) and Jack Wilshire to win Man of the Match second favourite at 8/1.
Providing Gareth Bale doesn't pick this performance to turn it off, Spurs should reinforce their top 4 spot. A point here helps them out more than the chasing Arsenal. A one man team of Spurs is stronger than a zero man team of Arsenal.
Spurs vs Arsenal Tips
Gareth Bale to score first @ 11/2 with Betway
Per Mertesacker to be booked first @ 11/1 with SkyBet
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