Bookies fear worst for Spurs after Bale blow
Sky Bet are fearing the worst for Tottenham after Gareth Bale suffered a worrying injury, pushing out both their Europa League and Premier League odds.
The Welshman was stretchered off late on in Spurs’ 2-2 draw with FC Basel on Thursday night, which saw the north London outfit drift out from 5/2 joint favourites to 5/1, leaving Chelsea at the head of the market at 15/8.
The ankle injury has had an impact across markets involving Andre Villas-Boas’ men, with their odds of beating Everton on Sunday pushed out from 5/6 to 6/5, while their price for a top-four finish has drifted from 4/6 to evens.
Spurs also saw Aaron Lennon limp off while Jermain Defoe is sidelined for their next two games, prompting some notable opposition for them across the board.
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer told Football Betting News: “We’ve cut both Chelsea and Arsenal’s top-four odds as Spurs anxiously await news on Bale’s injury, with a repercussions of a long-term lay off likely to be huge.
“We had a similar scenario on Tuesday night after Lionel Messi went off injured for Barcelona against Paris St Germain as support came in for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to win the Champions League, but Barca’s price quickly came back in after long-term injury fears were allayed.
“Spurs will be hoping for similarly positive news but we certainly expect to continue to lay Everton this weekend, with their price already coming in from 3/1 to 21/10.”