Tottenham Hotspur - South China Betting Preview: Strikers can shine in Spurs scoring spree

Andre Villas-Boas' men are expected to record a comfortable win in the Asia Trophy third-place playoff this weekend and Willie Duncan expects Spurs' strikers to grab the goals
Tottenham Hotspur would have had high hopes of competing in the Asia Trophy final this weekend but, following a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Sunderland in the semi-finals, Andre Villas-Boas’ men will face South China in the third-place play-off on Saturday morning.

Spurs are red-hot favourites at 1/7 (1.14) with William Hill to atone for the defeat against the Black Cats by winning in Hong Kong while South China, who lost 1-0 to Manchester City on Thursday evening, are chalked up at a chunky 9/1 (10.0) with the same firm to shock Spurs. The draw is rated as an 11/2 (6.50) chance with William Hill.

Gareth Bale has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent days but the Wales winger is chalked up at just 2/1 (3.0) with William Hill to open the scoring on Saturday morning.

With Andre Villas-Boas yet to bring in a new striker for the campaign ahead, both Emmanuel Adebayor and
Jermain Defoe will be eager to stake a claim for a place in the first team before the new season kicks off.

Both men will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet against South China and Defoe is chalked up at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill to break the deadlock while Adebayor is priced up at a tempting 5/2 (3.50) with the same firm to score first.

There is little doubt that Spurs will be going for goals and, with the prices so skinny, punters may be tempted to play the “anytime goalscorers double” market in order to extrapolate value this weekend.

William Hill offer just 11/10 (2.10) for both Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale to hit the net at any time during Saturday’s match while the same firm go 5/4 (2.25) that both Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor are amongst the scorers for Spurs.

However, with competition for the main striking berth as a big consideration for Villas-Boas, his two main options – Defoe and Adebayor – could give their manager something to think about by hitting the target here.

With that in mind, punters should snap up the 11/8 (2.38) quote from William Hill for both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor to score on Saturday.

Defoe and Adebayor anytime goalscorer double at 11/8 (2.38) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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