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

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Deportivo v Real Madrid

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Deportivo scored only 43 goals last season
Expert verdict
Champions Real Madrid haven't conceded a goal in their opening match for the past three seasons and they can begin their title defence with victory and a clean sheet at Deportivo. Los Blancos are favourites to retain their title and there should be little resistance from Pepe Mel's men, who finished just five points clear of the drop zone and failed to notch in 13 of their 38 league encounters last term.

 

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