The youngster had only just broken into the Tottenham first team when he scored an unlikely hat-trick against Rafael Benitez’s Internazionale at the San Siro, made even more impressive by the fact that Spurs were down to ten men for most of the game.
Bale then ran the show a fortnight later as his team put the European champions to the sword by winning 3-1, a result which would help them reach the last eight of that season’s Champions League.
Since then, the Welshman has continued his meteoric rise to become one of the best players in the world and he could not be in better form coming into this match.
Bale has 24 goals for the season and has incredibly scored ten goals in the last eight matches, several of which have broken the deadlock for a Tottenham team who now look nailed-on to reach next season’s Champions League.
However, Andre Villas-Boas has respected the Europa League from the beginning and will look to steer Spurs to glory in the same way that he managed with Porto two seasons ago. They are a 5/6 chance (Paddy Power) to beat Inter on Thursday night.
AVB might feel that it’s his team’s destiny to go all the way in this tournament considering they looked to be heading out of Europe before a late Moussa Dembele equaliser in Lyon to send the English club through at the expense of their French opponents.
William Hill make them the 8/11 marginal favourites to qualify for the last eight of the competition and it’s not a vintage Inter Milan team at the moment, although admittedly one that can cause Spurs a few problems at White Hart Lane.
The Bianconeri sit fourth in the Serie A table and qualification for next season’s Champions League is very much a priority for Andrea Stramaccioni’s team who were victors in Europe’s premier competition just three seasons ago.
Inter came comfortably past CFR Cluj to win 5-0 on aggregate in the previous round and claimed a 3-2 win at Catania on Sunday, with BetVictor offering 4/1 that they claim a second away win on the bounce in England.
Rodrigo Palacio could be the danger man for the visitors, with the 31-year-old having arrived from Genoa last summer and he bagged a brace at the weekend, having done the same recently against Cluj.
As for that man Bale, the bookies must be sick of paying out on the Welshman as First Goalscorer, although Paddy Power’s 9/2 looks pretty attractive considering that AVB is dead against resting the player at the moment.