Striker! Mahrez and Vardy can star again

Date published: Thursday 17th December 2015 1:52

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez: Superb seasons for Leicester City

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez: Superb seasons for Leicester

Dave Tindall is tipping Leicester’s dynamic duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to continue their goalscoring heroics and bank more profits this weekend.

The weekly column successfully returned a 50/1 acca last month and secured more profits with 4 winning selections (11/10, 7/5, 7/4 and 5/4) out of 6 last week.

Premier League Top Scorers

15 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Last 6 in all comps: 1-0-1-1-1-1 = 5

12 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Last 6 games: 1-1-1-1-2-1 = 7

11 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Last 6 games: 1-3-0-0-0-2 = 6

10 Odion Ighalo (Watford) Last 6 games: 1-1-1-0-0-2 = 5

9 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Last 6 games: 1-3-1-0-0-1 = 6

Analysis: We’re spoilt for choice in the Premier League this week as all the division’s leading marksmen are in the goals and scored on their last outing. The value has to be Mahrez at 11/4 for league leaders Leicester’s game at Everton. He’s scored eight goals in eight away games in all comps this season and only three teams have conceded more at home than Everton (12) in the top-flight this term. Also, is there any reason not to back Jamie Vardy again? I can’t think of one and the 15/8 has to be taken for a player who has become a goalscoring machine. Ighalo also looks overpriced at 5/2 for the visit of Liverpool given that he’s scored in his last three games.

Best bets:

Riyad Mahrez to score anytime v Everton at 11/4 (bet365, Paddy Power)
Jamie Vardy to score anytime v Everton at 15/8 (totsport, Betfred)
Odion Ighalo to score anytime v Liverpool at 5/2 (bet365)

Odion Ighalo

Championship Top Scorers

11 Andre Gray (Burnley) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-0 = 1

11 Ross McCormack (Fulham) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-1-0-1 = 3

10 Charlie Austin (QPR) Last 6 games: 2-0-0-1-0-0 = 3

10 Nick Blackman (Reading) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-0-0-0 = 1

Analysis: Charlie Austin is tempting after his double against Reading but he tends to be a bit of a ‘homer’ having scored 8 of his 10 goals this season at Loftus Road. The goals have dried up for Andre Gray while Nick Blackman’s strike for Reading against QPR ended a drought of eight games so I’d want to see more evidence of a return to scoring form. So, it’s back to the tried and tested Ross McCormack again. He bagged his 13th of the season (all comps) at home to Ipswich in midweek and he’s scored in 50% of free-scoring Fulham’s last eight away games. The Scot has an obvious chance to add to that tally away to basement dwellers Bolton and the 9/5 is a decent price.

Best bets:

Ross McCormack to score anytime v Bolton at 9/5 (Stan James, Ladbrokes, Betfair)

Ross McCormack

League One Top Scorers

13 Adam Armstrong (Coventry) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-0-2-2 = 5

10 Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-0 = 1

9 Leon Clarke (Bury) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-1-1 = 3

9 Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) Last 6 games: 0-1-1-1-0-0 = 3

8 Nicky Ajose (Swindon) Last 6 games: 0-2-0-1-1-1 = 5

Analysis: It’s a pretty easy formula with Adam Armstrong. Back him if Coventry are playing at home; don’t back him if they’re playing away. His split is dramatic (11 at home, 2 away) and he hasn’t scored on the road since August. Coventry host second-bottom Oldham at the weekend so Armstrong, who netted against Doncaster in his last home outing, can bag again.

Best bet:

Adam Armstrong to score v Oldham at 23/20 (Ladbrokes)

Adam Armstrong

League Two Top Scorers

16 Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient) Last 6 games: 0-1-1-1-2-0 = 5

13 Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) Last 6 games: 1-3-0-1-1-2 = 8

10 Barry Corr (Cambridge) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-1-0 = 2

10 Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-1-0-0 = 2

10 Marc Richards (Northampton) Last 6 games: 1-0-1-0-0-1 = 3

10 Josh Windass (Accrington) Last 6 games: 0-1-1-0-1-1 = 4

Analysis: Simpson drew a blank in the FA Cup clash at League One Scunthorpe but he’s hit the onion bag in each of his last four games in League Two and he’s that prolific he’s scored more league goals this season than Jamie Vardy! Overall he’s netted in 8 of Leyton Orient’s 10 home games in League Two so simply has to be backed at an odds-against price to grab another when second-bottom Yeovil pitch up at the Matchroom Stadium on Saturday.

Best bets: 

Jay Simpson to score anytime v Mansfield at 6/5 (Sky Bet, Betbright)

Jay Simpson

Best-priced goalscorer acca (one from each division):

Mahrez, McCormack, Armstrong & Simpson at 42/1 (Ladbrokes)

Dave Tindall

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