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Spurs’ forgotten striker given price boost ahead of Dnipro clash

| 20.02.2014

Roberto Soldado’s role at Tottenham has become increasingly marginalised since Tim Sherwood took over the managerial reins.

Having started six of the new boss’ first seven games in charge, the former Valencia striker has since spent four of the next five on the bench as Sherwood became more and more reliant on one man.

A trip to face former White Hart Lane boss Juande Ramos and his Dnipro side in the Ukraine could be Soldado’s chance to claim his very own “Adebayor” moment, by coming back from the doldrums to inspire his side to victory.

The Togolese will be rested for the Europa League round of 32 first-leg clash, leaving the door wide open for Soldado to re-establish some confidence.

Ladbrokes customers who think he’ll grab that opportunity by scoring the first goal of the game will be pleased to know, then, that the firm have picked the £26m front man as the subject for their price boost.

Soldado’s odds to bag the first goal of the game have been stretched from 11/2 to 13/2 which, regardless of the season he’s having, looks a generous offering considering the 28-year-old’s record in European competition.

The former Real Madrid man has netted 24 times in 35 appearances across his Champions and Europa League career and has scored half of his current tally of 10 in the European second tier this term.

What’s more, Dnipro aren’t exactly the toughest defensive nut to crack, having conceded in all of their last five outings and in seven of their last eight overall.

With Soldado opening the scoring five times already this season, it certainly makes sense to take Ladbrokes up on their generosity in boosting the price of a guaranteed starter, who should be on a mission to break the deadlock.

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

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Matt Wiggins

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