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Michael Taylor 11th Dec 2010 - 18:41

All hail Gareth Bale

Carlo Ancelotti might not be worried for his job but he should be worried about this weekend's trip to White Hart Lane where they meet a Spurs side buzzing after topping their Champions League group.

Tuesday's topsy-turvy clash in Holland against FC Twente didn't end in a Spurs win, what it did show though is that Harry Redknapp's team has no fear.

In their first ever Champions League campaign they've managed 18 goals in six games, six coming against the defending champs, Inter Milan, plus they've won three of three in North London.

Defensively you can ask a few questions but at the other end of the pitch no such problem exists and why would it when you have Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe and Luca Modric up there.

Defoe was the hero in Twente as he grabbed a brilliant double but it seems every week somebody is willing to step up, even with Rafael van der Vaart still missing through injury.

The focal point remains Bale though as he continues to impress everyone with his storming performances from the left wing.

Already this season he has made two of the best right backs in the game in Maicon and Bacary Sagna look average, it could be Jose Bosingwa is added to that list by the Sunday night.

His pace, strength and determination are a defenders worst nightmare and even with John Terry back in the fold and Petr Cech in top form you'd be mad to think they can silence him from start to finish.

The Welsh wideman doesn't just turn on the style against the chaff either, in fact his best performances have come when the cameras are paying particularly close attention - which they will be on Sunday.

The best bit is that he's a whopping 10/3 to score anytime - it's an absolute steal given Chelsea's recent wobbles.

Their trip to Marseille on Wednesday said a lot about their recent issues as a toothless attack failed to breach the French side's defence as they fell to a 1-0 loss.

The Blues had already secured safe passage to the knockout stages but the big names were still in attendance with Didier Drogba (6/5 anytime scorer) in particular cutting a forlorn figure, making way for Daniel Sturridge after 60 minutes of toil but no reward.

The last thing Ancelotti would want after that lacklustre showing is a trip to Tottenham, especially since they've turned their London home into a fortress.

Barring a bizarre 1-0 loss at the hands of Wigan they've been close to unstoppable, knocking off the likes of Aston Villa, Inter Milan and Liverpool - the Liverpool game particularly significant with Spurs grabbing a last minute winner after falling behind early on (9/4 that there's a goal in the final five minutes).

It doesn't happen every week but it appears that way for Spurs. They fall behind and claw their way back, the most obvious example being the brilliant performance at the Emirates when they shocked Arsenal by bagging three second half goals.

If they can manage it again then you can get our Match Winner special enhanced price of 10/1 which looks like a superb bet given the heart Redknapp has installed in his unit.

The only question is whether Chelsea rediscover their edge and threaten Gomes' net (a Spurs clean sheet is 12/5) - it's certainly not a guarantee and that's why I see the 15/8 about a home win as the only option on the match betting market.


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