Dave Tindall picks out the best goalscorer bets this weekend, with Alexis Sanchez, Jamie Vardy and Paddy Madden among them.
Premier League Top Scorers
10 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Last 6 in all comps: 0-2-1-2-1-1 = 7
6 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) Last 6 games: 5-1-0-1-0-0 = 7
6 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-2-1-3 = 7
6 Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle) Last 6 games: 0-4-0-1-0-0 = 5
Analysis: It’s got to stop soon hasn’t it? Well, you could have said that three or four games ago but if you keep backing Jamie Vardy to find the net in the Premier League, he keeps winning you money. His strike against Crystal Palace last week was the seventh successive PL game he’s scored in and his tally of 10 means he’s fired home more goals than the entire Liverpool team (9). Vardy is 15/8 to score at West Brom this weekend. Take it. Also back Alexis Sanchez to score at Swansea. The Chilean has banked four goals in his last two away games for Arsenal, who have scored 11 on the road this season compared to 7 at home.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime v West Brom at 15/8 (Bet Victor)
Alexis Sanchez to score anytime v Swansea at 13/10 (bet365)
Championship Top Scorers
9 Nick Blackman (Reading) Last 6 games: 0-1-1-1-1-1 = 5
8 Chris Martin (Derby County) Last 6 games: 0-2-1-1-0-0 = 4
8 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-2-1-2 = 6
7 Abel Hernandez (Hull City) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-1-1-1 = 5
Analysis: Nick Blackman has netted in four of his last five home games for Reading so again looks overpriced at 15/8 to add another against a Brighton side who, despite topping the table, have conceded just as many away goals (7) as 19th-placed Preston. Derby’s Chris Martin scored at Huddersfield last weekend and has five in six games at home so is worth following at an odds-against price when the Rams host Rotherham. However, he’s netted the game’s opening goal in three of his last four matches so looks good for first scorer at 7/2. The best bet, though, is backing Hull’s Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez to score anytime at 11/5 away to MK Dons. Hernandez has found the onion bag in five of his last six games overall and in four of Hull’s five away matches.
Abel Hernandez to score anytime v MK Dons at 11/5 (Bet Victor)
League One Top Scorers
9 Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) Last 6 games: 2-0-1-1-1-0- = 5
8 Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-2-0-1 = 3
7 Leon Clarke (Bury) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-1 = 2
7 Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-0-0-0 = 1
7 Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-1-1-1 = 3
Analysis: Paddy Madden went top of the League One scoring charts with a double in Scunthorpe’s 3-0 win at Chesterfield last weekend and now has five in his last five games. Ride the hot horse and back Madden at 2/1 to snare another at home to Barnsley, who have conceded 13 on the road in six games. The other leading marksmen have all gone cold.
Paddy Madden to score anytime v Barnsley at 2/1 (Stan James)
League Two Top Scorers
11 Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient) Last 6 games: 0-1-1-2-1-0 = 5
8 Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-1-0-0 = 1
7 Barry Corr (Cambridge United) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-1-0 = 2
7 Josh Windass (Accrington) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-0-0-1 = 2
Analysis: Josh Windass was the only one of the division’s leading marksmen to find the net last weekend but he’d fired four blanks before that. Preference is for Jay Simpson, who had bagged five in four before failing to net at Morecambe. Accrington are tough to break down on the road but Simpson has scored in six of Leyton Orient’s seven home matches this season.
Jay Simpson to score anytime v Accrington at 13/10 (Coral)
Best-priced goalscorer acca (one from each division):
Sanchez, Hernandez, Madden & Simpson at 43/1 (bet365)
By Dave Tindall