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Stuart Dalgleish 24th Aug 2010 - 18:01

Can Gareth Bale Spurs out?

Here at William Hill we're determined to give you the best value on the biggest games, and if you're a Tottenham fan, they don't come much bigger than Wednesday night's clash with Young Boys.

Spurs are huge favourites for the game at 2/9, the draw is a 5/1 shot while Young Boys are an astronomical 12/1 to come away from White Hart Lane with a win, and with it a place in the Champions League group stage.

With the home team's price so short why not take advantage of our brilliant Match Winner Offer, we've enhanced one of our 'Anytime Wincast' selections and are giving you Gareth Bale (8/1 for the first goal) to score at anytime and Tottenham to win the match at a fantastic price of 7/2.

It could turn out to be a really shrewd investment, Spurs are sure to get at Young Boys early doors and the Welshman will no doubt see plenty of the ball down the left flank as the hosts try wipe out their 3-2 deficit, the same bet at the weekend against Stoke would've seen you counting your pounds and there's a great chance the pacy wide-man will get us coughing up yet more money for our punters, who've already taken advantage of our offers at this early stage of the season.

Spurs fans won't care who scores I'm sure, as long as someone can stick one or two in the onion bag!

Their Champions League dream was looking like an absolute nightmare last week as they quickly fell 3-0 down against the rampant Young Boys attack, ironically though it was two of their worst performers on the night that have ended up swinging the tie firmly back into their favour.

Sebastien Bassong (20/1 first goal), who along with Michael Dawson (20/1), looked really shaky at the heart of the defence but gave the visitors hope as he headed a cross in just before half-time, then Roman Pavlyuchenko (7/2) smashed in a thunderbolt in the last ten minutes after wondering around aimlessly for the previous 80.

Wilson Palacios (16/1) was poor in the middle of the park and once Tom Huddlestone (9/1) came on Spurs looked a lot more assured in there.

It's almost certain that Huddlestone will be given the nod to start at the Lane, and with no such worries over the pitch, he and Aaron Lennon (13/2) will surely dominate the midfield more on home turf and try get the game, and the tie, finished off before half-time.

With that in mind there are a few markets that interest me regarding the first half; Over 1.5 1st half goals looks cracking value at 5/4, while if Tottenham are to really come out of the traps then 'Tottenham goal - 1st to 15th minute' at 2/1 looks a steal, the one that I'd lump on though is 'Win both halves' with the hosts priced at 23/20, Young Boys are a massive 28/1 in the same market, maybe a few Arsenal fans will have a flutter on that one!

I really can't see Young Boys getting anything out of this game, while I give them full credit for their first leg display, it was a one-off, they've never been a force in Europe (admittedly Spurs haven't really had much joy until recently), the pitch totally favoured them and I think some of the Spurs players were just a bit nervous about the occasion.

Come 19:45 on Wednesday, with a packed White Hart Lane crowd roaring them on, these players will show the same form which led them to their superb fourth place finish last season.

Harry Redknapp will be boosted by several key players returning with the likes of Robbie Keane (4/1) and Jermain Defoe (5/2) available to him again, and a comfortable win is surely on the cards, Tottenham -2 goals is 8/5, but if you really think Spurs will hammer them then -3 goals could be a great shout at 18/5.

If maybe you think the Swiss outfit can cause them problems again though, then maybe a nervy 1-0 scoreline in favour of the hosts might be more your bet at big odds of 8/1, Young Boys to frustrate Spurs and hold out for a 0-0 looks even more unlikely at 16/1, and for the visitors to progress to the group stage at the expense of the Londoners is 11/4, Spurs are 1/4 to be in Thursday's draw.



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