Brilliant Bale shoots Spurs up to third

TOTTENHAM moved up to third in the Premier League after a dramatic 3-2 success at London rivals West Ham on Monday.

Spurs were indebted to a wonderful performance from Gareth Bale, who broke the deadlock at Upton Park and then won the match at the death with a special long-range effort which saw Andre Villas-Boas’s outfit cut to 4-7 with Hills and Coral to finish in the top four.

A topsy-turvy encounter had looked destined to finish in a draw with Andy Carroll’s penalty cancelling out Bale’s opener before Joe Cole put the Hammers in front.

Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled for Tottenham and Bale struck with his 15th league goal of the campaign to move within four of leading top-flight marksman Robin van Persie.

Bale is 16-1 (Coral and Ladbrokes) to claim the Golden Boot and 13-8 with Paddy Power to win the PFA Player of the Year, while West Ham are in 14th and can be backed at 10-1 with Blue Square Bet to be relegated.

Match in Focus

19:45 Th 3Sep SS1

Cyprus v Wales

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Cyprus have won just one of their last nine home games
Expert verdict
The draw is a decent runner in this contest, but Cyprus really must win to maintain contact with third place and their limited home attack will have to press forward as the game progresses. That could allow Wales to do what they do best and nick it on the break late on thanks to the counter-attacking speed of Gareth Bale.

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