The Welsh winger established himself as a top class attacker with a hat-trick against the Italians three years ago, and Al Hain-Cole thinks that he will cause the damage tonightAlthough their current focus remains on earning a place in next year’s Champions League, Tottenham’s performances in the Europa League this season have left little doubt that they are in it to win it.
Andre Villas-Boas won this competition during his time with Porto, and will be keen to keep his side in the hunt for the trophy when they face Inter in this evening’s tie.
Sunday’s north London derby will have left Spurs in confident spirits going into this clash, when they are 5/6 (1.83) favourites with Paddy Power to pick up a sixth win in seven games.
Despite making light work of Cluj in the last round, Andrea Stramaccioni’s men are outsiders for this fixture, with odds of 10/3 (4.33) available on them earning an invaluable away victory.
I Nerazzurri have drawn just once in 21 games on the road this season, so it would come as something of a surprise if this match were to finish all square, at odds of 13/5 (3.60).
Villas-Boas’ attacking instincts are well publicised, and although his side can boast a respectable goals against column, they can usually be relied upon to let the odd goal slip past.
The hosts have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine games, and will have to be on their toes against a side that have hit the back of the net in each of their last 12.
Considering a bet on both teams to score would have paid out both in eight of Tottenham’s last nine and nine of the visitors last 12, odds of 8/11 (1.73) look very inviting for that market coming up with the goods this evening.
Gareth Bale will always remember facing Inter in the Champions League three years ago, when a sensational second half hat trick announced his arrival onto the global stage.
The Italians had no answer for the Welshman’s pace that night, and will find it even more difficult to contain him now considering his current hot streak.
With nine goals in his last seven, and having opened the scoring five times in his last six, odds of 9/2 (5.50) cannot be ignored for the talismanic attacker to get the ball rolling once again here.
|Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
||Gareth Bale to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power
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