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Soldado still best bet to outscore rejuvenated Adebayor at Spurs

| 06.01.2014

Emmanuel Adebayor may be taking most of the attacking plaudits since being rejuvenated by Tim Sherwood, but it is Roberto Soldado that should still be backed to be Tottenham’s top scorer this season.

Everything is running in threes for Adebayor at present, with his goal against Man Utd his third in the league this season.

It also means he is the third visiting player to score in three successive trips to Old Trafford after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka and he has the third-best strike rate of any Spurs player in the Premier League after Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham.

His three goals in five top-flight appearances means he is only two adrift of Soldado in the race to be Spurs’ leading Premier League scorer this season and Adebayor is available at 2/1 to secure this honour, despite only playing for 45 minutes before December 22nd.

As well as Adebayor has personally played, just the fact that Sherwood has set up with two strikers also seems to have brought improvement from Soldado, who is a lot more involved.

Soldado may have been especially wasteful in the pre-Christmas victory over Southampton and missed at least one good chance at Old Trafford, but he is certainly being presented with more chances now than earlier in the season.

The Spaniard has had 12 shots across Spurs’ last four league games and Aaron Lennon’s greater urge to cross balls into the box is working in his favour too.

It is 1/2 that Soldado is Tottenham’s top Premier League scorer this season.

Further down the top Spurs scorer betting, Jermain Defoe has to be opposed at 16/1 given his limited playing time and the fact he netted only a single league goal throughout the whole of 2013.

Instead, Christian Eriksen is a growing presence under Sherwood and with two league goals already to his name, 25/1 is decent value on his chances of topping the scoring charts.