Bank on Bale
Tipster Dave Tindall selects the best Premier League wagers in his weekly betting column.
By Dave Tindall
Last Updated: 28/12/12 9:52pm
With the games coming thick and fast at this time of year, those with excellent engines and extra running power really come into their own. And that's why I'm keen to have Gareth Bale onside for Tottenham's trip to Sunderland - Sky Sports' early Saturday game. The Welshman bagged a hat-trick against Aston Villa last time out and his ability to flourish on the counter-attack is shown by his goalscoring record this season which shows that eight of his 10 strikes for Spurs have come away from home. First goal is an option but Bale scores the majority of his goals in the second half when space opens up so let's keep it simple and take him at 2/1 to score anytime.
If Sunderland can beat Man City, surely Norwich are worth backing at 5/1 to do the same? Possibly, but I'd rather be backing the teams with the big squads at this time of year and I think Roberto Mancini will demand a response from his men after their loss at the Stadium of Light. Continuing the idea of looking at the Premier League's most powerful specimens in this busy period leads us towards Man City midfielder Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast star netted against Norwich last year and has two in his last four games so he looks a decent bet at 5/2 to find the net. Norwich have lost three of their last four matches and were hammered 5-1 and 6-1 by Man City last year so the signs are there that Toure can help the visitors to a comfortable three points.
During his Liverpool days, Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez usually got the better of David Moyes but this current Everton team is a much harder nut to crack. They've lost just two league matches all season and have won three of their last four matches to keep their Champions League hopes very much alive. Overall, the Toffees have lost just once in 13 matches and, remarkably, that run consists of scorelines containing only 1s and 2s - four 2-1 wins, five 1-1 draws, three 2-2 draws and a sole 2-1 defeat. In other words, they always score but they always concede too. Given the way Chelsea have found their scoring boots under Benitez, goals look very much on the menu here so let's go for some double-digit odds and take the 12/1 about a 2-2 draw.