Striker! Count on Lukaku and Kane to score again

Dave Tindall

Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Burnley hotshot Andre Gray are both in Dave Tindall’s 35/1 anytime scorer staking plan this weekend.

This column has already brought you one 50/1 winner this season and has had successful tips among its selection every week since launch, including two headline winners last Saturday at 7/4 and 23/20.

Premier League Top Scorers

19 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Last 6 in all comps: 0-0-0-1-0-2 = 3

18 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Last 6 games: 1-1-1-0-1-0 = 4

17 Harry Kane (Tottenham) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-0-0-0 = 1

16 Sergio Aguero (Man City) Last 6 games: 2-0-0-1-0-1 = 4

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

Analysis: Romelu Lukaku did the business for us last week with a goal against West Ham and the Everton striker has now scored in three straight games.

Can he do four in a row? Of course he can; the big Belgian netted in eight straight games across November and December so once he gets hot he stays hot.

Next up for Lukaku is a home game against his former club Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Goodison and he certainly represents value at 7/4.

Sergio Aguero isn’t a flat-track bully but most of his recent goals have come against teams you’d expect him to fire home against.

He banked a double against Aston Villa last weekend while he’s also netted on the road against Sunderland and Norwich.

That latter strike came in the FA Cup and Aguero returns to Carrow Road in the Premier League this weekend.

It’s a very obvious opportunity for the little Argentine to add to his tally although I’m not a fan of odds-on prices unless you’re name’s Messi or Ronaldo so I’m going to swerve him.

Thankfully, Harry Kane is available at odds-against when Spurs travel to abysmal Aston Villa.

Kane only saw 15 minutes of action in Dortmund on Thursday so he’s best judged on his last start when he fired in a worldie in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

Spurs are 100% focused on winning the Premier League so expect Kane to both start and score at Villa Park. Put him in the acca too.

Romelu Lukaku to score anytime v Chelsea at 7/4
Harry Kane to score anytime v Aston Villa at 21/20

Romelu Lukaku

Championship Top Scorers

22 Andre Gray (Burnley) Last 6 games: 1-1-2-0-0-0 = 4

18 Ross McCormack (Fulham) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-0-0-0 = 2

16 Abel Hernandez (Hull City) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-0 = 1

14 Alan Judge (Brentford) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-1-0-0 = 2

14 Nakhi Wells (Huddersfield) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-1-1-0 = 3

Analysis: Burnley have opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Championship and a big part of that is due to the goals of Andre Gray.

After getting both in the 2-1 win at local rivals Bolton, he scored the winner from the spot in another all-Lancashire showdown with Blackburn and, last time out, netted the decisive third goal in the 3-2 win at Fulham.

Those four strikes in his last three games have taken the No.7 to 22 goals for the season and there look plenty more to come.

Gray is 7/4 to strike again against Huddersfield on Saturday and why wouldn’t you. It’s quite simply a value bet given that the Terriers have conceded the third most home goals of the top 18 in the division.

After a very unlike him run of four blanks, Ross McCormack is back to his usual goalscoring ways.

He struck at Reading last weekend and moved onto the magical 20 goals for the season mark with another at home to table-toppers Burnley on Tuesday night.

Fulham host 20th-placed Bristol City and it’s slightly baffling that he’s 7/4 to register against a side which ships goals left, right and centre.

Don’t ask, just bet.

Best bets:

Andre Gray to score anytime v Huddersfield at 7/4
Ross McCormack to score anytime v Bristol City at 7/4

Andre Gray

League One Top Scorers

19 Adam Armstrong (Coventry) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-2-0 = 2

19 Nicky Ajose (Swindon) Last 6 games: 0-1-3-2-0-0 = 6

17 Sam Winnall (Barnsley) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-0-0-0 = 1

15 Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-0-0 = 1

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

14 Will Grigg (Wigan) Last 6 games: 1-0-2-0-0-1 = 4

Analysis: It’s gone a bit flat for some of the division’s leading marksmen.

I was prepared to give Will Grigg a go after he moved into sixth place on the scoring charts, but a scan through his goals shows that 15 of the 17 have come at home.

Even though Wigan are at bottom club Colchester, those stats are enough to put me off.

Therefore it’s back to the tried and trusted Nicky Ajose, whose record of a goal every 127 minutes is the best in League One of those who have registered double figures.

He didn’t appear on the vidiprinter in his last start but the striker has scored seven in his last five home games so is prolific at The Country Ground.

Visitors Millwall have been good on the road in recent times but Ajose is 7/4 to fire in another and that seems fair enough given his record this season.

Best bet:

Nicky Ajose to score v Millwall at 7/4 (General)

Nicky Ajose

League Two Top Scorers

23 Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-0-0-0 = 1

18 Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) Last 6 games: 1-0-3-0-0-0 = 4

15 Marc Richards (Northampton) Last 6 games: 1-0-1-0-0-0 = 2

14 Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-0-1 = 2

14 Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-0-1-0 = 3

14 Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-1-1-1 = 3

Analysis: This is a quiet time for Striker! favourite Jay Simpson and his run of just one goal in seven highlights the idea that even the best suffer droughts.

Matty Taylor is a play though given that Bristol Rovers are at home.

There’s a real bias in his home/away ratio and 13 of his 18 strikes have come in front of Taylor’s own fans.

More importantly, given that this column focuses on the hottest strikers, he’s bagged four in his last two at The Memorial Stadium, including a hat-trick against Hartlepool.

Rovers host a Mansfield side which has conceded six goals in its last three road trips so Taylor can boost his current tally of 18.

Best bet: 

Matty Taylor to score anytime v Mansfield at 6/4 (General)

Best-priced goalscorer accumulator:

Kane, Gray, Ajose & Taylor at 35/1

Dave Tindall