Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe is ready for a second charity wager with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, that Spurs will finish the season higher in the Premier League table than the Gunners, for the first time since 1995.

The two England internationals had the same bet last year, with Defoe having to pay the £3,000 wager to charity, after Arsenal recovered from a 10-point deficit to finish third, one place above Spurs.

But, Defoe has said he is willing to bet Wilshere again, after Tottenham's 2-1 victory over the Gunners last weekend took them seven points clear of their north London rivals.

"We all know what happened last season," he said. "At the time, when I did have the bet, I thought we would have finished higher than Arsenal and I still feel like that now.

"Jack's a cool guy, there's a little bit of banter and even though we beat them quite comfortably, I still think they're a good side. But I suppose if Jack wants a little bet, it's no problem with me."

Defoe's confidence is partly due to Gareth Bale's current form. The Welshman has nine goals in his last seven Spurs matches, and Defoe was quick to praise his teammate.

He said: "Gaz is on fire right now. Aaron Lennon has been great as well. On there day they are unstoppable.

"Michael Dawson has been playing well and so has everyone else. You can name everyone in the squad but when you talk about special players, Gaz has scored some special goals out of nothing."

Spurs face Inter Milan at White Hart Lane in the Europa League round of 16 tonight, and Defoe could make his first start in over a month for Andre Villas-Boas' side.

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