Striker! Lukaku can net profits at West Ham

Dave Tindall
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Dave Tindall picks out the best goalscorer bets this weekend, with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Watford hitman Odion Ighalo tipped to find the net.

Premier League Top Scorers

11 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Last 6 in all comps: 1-0-2-1-2-1 = 7

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

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

6 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-0-1-2 = 4

6 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-1-1-1 = 5

6 Graziano Pelle (Southampton) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-0-1-0 = 3

Analysis: Who on earth would have predicted that two Leicester players and a Watford striker would top the scoring charts after 11 games of the season?! Jamie Vardy has scored in eight successive Premier League matches.

The record is 10 and William Hill are now offering just 11/1 that Vardy breaks Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s mark by scoring in his next three.

The Premier League’s three top marksmen will all be on the same pitch on Saturday so the options are Even money Vardy, 2/1 Mahrez or 9/4 Ighalo.

Five of Mahrez’s last six goals have come on the road so preference is for Ighalo, who has scored four times in his five away games. Leicester have shipped 10 goals at home which adds to Ighalo’s appeal.

Just three of Graziano Pelle’s 18 Premier League goals have come away from home so we’ll ignore him at Sunderland.

But, Romelu Lukaku is worth a play at 19/10 to score at West Ham. He’s something of a bogeyman for the Hammers as he’s netted in all six games he’s played for Everton against them. Six of his eight goals in all comps this season have come on his travels so the Belgian striker can hit the target once more.

Best bets:

Odion Ighalo to score anytime v Leicester at 9/4
Romelu Lukaku to score anytime v West Ham at 19/10

Championship Top Scorers

10 Andre Gray (Burnley) Last 6 games: 2-2-0-0-2-1 = 7

9 Nick Blackman (Reading) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-1-1-1 = 3

8 Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-0-0-1 = 3

8 Chris Martin (Derby) Last 6 games: 0-0-1-0-2-1 = 4

8 Ross McCormack (Fulham) Last 6 games: 1-1-1-0-0-1 = 4

8 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) Last 6 games: 0-1-0-0-0-2 = 3

Analysis: Andre Gray is now the Championship’s top scorer after four goals in the last week and he’s netted braces in each of his last three home games. He’s only managed one on the road all season though so doesn’t appeal for the away game at Wolves. The best bet is probably Ross McCormack, who has netted in each of his last three matches. He’s 13/8 to bag another at home to Birmingham.

Best bet:

Ross McCormack to score anytime v Birmingham at 13/8

League One Top Scorers

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

9 Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe) Last 6 games: 0-2-0-1-1-1 = 5

7 Leon Clarke (Bury) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-1 = 2

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

7 Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) Last 6 games: 0-0-0-0-1-0-1 = 2

Analysis: Adam Armstrong has jumped to the top of the League One scoring charts with four goals in the last week (braces at home to Peterborough and Barnsley). Coventry entertain League Two Northampton in the FA Cup but Armstrong is away on England U19 duty. Many of the other leading marksmen have gone cold but Scunthorpe’s Paddy Madden has hit five in his last six matches and has a golden chance to add another at home to Swindon on Saturday. The Robins have lost nine and drawn two of their last 11 matches so look highly vulnerable.

Best bet:

Paddy Madden to score anytime v Swindon at 7/4

League Two Top Scorers

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

8 Barry Corr (Cambridge) Last 6 games: 1-0-0-1-0-1 = 3

8 Josh Windass (Accrington) Last 6 games: 1-1-0-0-0-0 = 2

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

Analysis: Josh Windass is the man with most confidence after netting in both his last two games, including the winner at Leyton Orient last week. Accrington, who have scored a joint-league high 16 times at home, host York in the FA Cup so it’s an obvious chance for son of Dean to find the onion bag again.

Best bet:

Josh Windass to score anytime v York at 7/4

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

Lukaku, McCormack, Madden & Windass at 50/1

By Dave Tindall