Life at Tottenham has not been all plain sailing for Roberto Soldado following his high profile move from Valencia last summer but Thursday night’s Europa League hat-trick against Anzhi Makhachkala can give him the confidence to repeat the trick – starting against Liverpool.
With just six goals in four months for his new club, and only three coming from open play, many doubted whether the Spanish forward could justify his £26m price tag.
And with Jermain Defoe taking his place in the side for the Premier League wins over Sunderland and Fulham, it promised to be a long winter for the Spanish international.
But strikers thrive on confidence, not to mention goals, and after guiding Spurs to a sixth straight win in the Europa League this season, Soldado, who now has nine goals in 16 appearances for the Lilywhites, can make a consistent return to the scoresheet.
The former Real Madrid striker is 6/4 to score at any time against Liverpool but if his performance against the Russian side has convinced Andre Villas-Boas to plump with him from the start, the 27-year-old is 5/1 with Ladbrokes to find the net first – a feat he has achieved four times already this season.
While facing Anzhi in the Europa League is a different proposition to lining up against Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, the Spanish international is 33/1 to hit another hat-trick at White Hart Lane.
But with the Reds heading to north London without the injured pair of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, Tottenham, will be confident of a victory over one of their top four rivals
Therefore backing Soldado to silence the doubters once more and score in a Tottenham win at odds of 10/3 could be where the value lies in this crucial Premier League clash.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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