Sergio Aguero and Jay Simpson, the top scorer in English football, are among Dave Tindall’s best bets this weekend, with both put up in our 29/1 anytime scorers acca.
Premier League Top Scorers
16 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Last 6 in all comps: 1-0-0-0-0-0 = 1
15 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-0 = 1
14 Odion Ighalo (Watford) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-0-0-1 = 2
13 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0
13 Harry Kane (Tottenham) Last 6 games: 1-0-1-0-1-0 = 3
12 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Last 6 games: 0-0-2-1-0-0 = 3
12 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Last 6 games: 1-2-2-0-1-0 = 6
Analysis: The hottest striker in the Premier League baton has been grasped firmly by fit-again Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine has banged in five goals in his last three games for Man City and is now starting to reel in Jamie Vardy and Romelu Lukaku at the top of the charts.
There’s a chance he may be rested for the FA Cup trip to Aston Villa after playing in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Everton. However, he started the FA Cup clash against Norwich three days after the first leg and scored the opening goal so hopefully we’ll see a repeat on all levels.
He’s scored seven in seven since the turn of the year so even at a fraction of odds-on he’s a fair price.
Leicester don’t have a game so Vardy won’t get the chance to add another to his tally after returning to goalscoring form against Stoke.
Harry Kane was a sub in both the original tie and replay against Leicester so I’ll swerve him for Tottenham’s FA Cup trip to Colchester.
Similarly, Odion Ighalo only came on as a late sub in Watford’s third-round win over Newcastle so backers might not get a run for their money when the Hornets travel to Nottingham Forest
Sergio Aguero to score anytime v Aston Villa at 19/20 (William Hill)
Championship Top Scorers
17 Andre Gray (Burnley) Last 6 games: 1-0-1-0-3-0 = 5
15 Ross McCormack (Fulham) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-0-1-0 = 3
15 Abel Hernandez (Hull City) Last 6 games: 1-3-1-1-0-1 = 7
12 Alan Judge (Brentford) Last 6 games: 0-1-1-0-0-0 = 2
11 Nick Blackman (Derby) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-0 = 1
11 Fernando Forestieri (Sheff W) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-0-2 = 3
Analysis: Abel Hernandez stretched his sequence of scoring in successive games to four with the winner at Fulham last week.
We’ve cashed in on the last two but will we get the chance to do so again this weekend?
The Uruguayan was an unused sub in the last round of the FA Cup at home to Brighton as boss Steve Bruce made seven changes so could be given the afternoon off again when Hull take on Bury at Gigg Lane.
Burnley’s Andre Gray will have to breach the Arsenal defence to get on the scoresheet this weekend but only two of his 15 goals for the Clarets have come on the road.
Ross McCormack has handed in a transfer request but Fulham don’t have a game anyway. Neither do Alan Judge’s Brentford.
League One Top Scorers
16 Adam Armstrong (Coventry) Last 6 games: 0-0-3-0-0-0 = 3
14 Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) Last 6 games: 0-1-1-1-0-1 = 4
14 Sam Winnall (Barnsley) Last 6 games: 0-3-2-0-1-2 = 8
13 Nicky Ajose (Swindon) Last 6 games: 0-2-2-0-0-1 = 5
13 Leon Clarke (Bury) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-2-0-0 = 3
13 Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) Last 6 games: 2-0-0-0-0-1 = 3
Analysis: Sheffield United don’t play so Billy Sharp backers must wait a week.
It means the game to focus on is Swindon v Barnsley which sees two of the leading marksmen – Nicky Ajose and Sam Winnall – go head to head.
The good news is that Swindon concede a bunch at home (their tally of 25 is the fourth highest in the division) while Barnsley ship plenty away (25 makes them the third leakiest on the road).
Ajose has scored four in his last two home games while, in his last two Saturday starts, Winnall has bagged a hat-trick at home to Rochdale and netted a brace in a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury.
With no Championship selection this week, we’ll put both in the acca.
Nicky Ajose to score anytime v Barnsley at 7/4 (Sky Bet, Betfair)
Sam Winnall to score anytime v Swindon at 17/10 (Ladbrokes)
League Two Top Scorers
22 Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient) Last 6 games: 0-2-1-1-0-0 = 4
14 Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-0-0-0 = 1
13 Marc Richards (Northampton) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-1-1 = 3
12 Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-2-0-0 = 2
12 Barry Corr (Cambridge) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-1-1-0 = 2
Analysis: After briefly blotting his copybook by missing not one but two late penalties a fortnight ago, Jay Simpson has hit back with goals in each of his last two games.
The winner at home to Newport in midweek came from the spot so it’s good for backers that he’s still their penalty taker as the O’s tend to win a lot of them!
Had he converted just one of those spot-kicks against Exeter, he’d have netted in each of his last six games. Five out of six isn’t bad though and with 22 goals he’s the top scorer in the country.
A home game with Cambridge (no wins in four) gives him an obvious chance to grow his impressive tally and it’s crazy really that he’s still easy to back at odds-against prices.
Ours is not to argue so snap up the 11/8 about the vidiprinter showing Simpson in brackets again when news of an Orient goal comes up.
Jay Simpson to score anytime v Cambridge at 11/8 (General)
Best-priced goalscorer accumulator:
Aguero, Ajose, Winnall & Simpson at 29/1 (Ladbrokes)