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Bale form a reason to expect goalfest as Tottenham host Arsenal

| 28.02.2013

Tottenham head into their derby with Arsenal 11 games unbeaten in the Premier League, and thus understandable favourites to overcome Arsene Wenger’s side at 5/4.

As form tends to go out of the window in these type of matches though, a wiser investment could be made in goal markets, with over 4.5 total goals in the match standing out as a 7/2 chance.

Indeed, Spurs entered the initial meeting of this pair earlier in the season in much the better form, before succumbing to a 5-2 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Emmanuel Adebayor’s early dismissal changed the face of that game, with the play becoming far more open as the Gunners went on to make a one-man advantage count.

And the added potential for red cards to be shown in this fixture would seem to bolster the chances of plenty of goals being scored too.

Punters should note that a bet on over 4.5 goals would have paid off five of the last six times these sides have renewed acquaintances, with two of those matches being played at White Hart Lane.

The attacking threat that each team pose also bodes well for a goal-filled clash, considering only five sides have scored more times than Tottenham this season.

One of those sides is Arsenal, who themselves have recorded at least two-goal hauls on 11 occasions this term.

Add in the Gareth Bale factor, and the prospect of goals aplenty only appears further enhanced.

Bale has eight goals in his last six games in all competitions, and can expose an Arsenal midfield with no defined anchor man.

The Gunners left acres of space between their defence and midfield when taking on Aston Villa recently, making them incredibly vulnerable on the counter-attack.

Against a player of Bale’s ability, in his current form, you would expect them to be punished severely for making the same mistake here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee