The Goalscorer Gamble: Kane will punish Man Utd

Dan Fitch returns with five more goalscorer picks and expects Harry Kane to continue his hot away form at Old Trafford…

If you’re only going to get one of your five selections correct then you’d better make sure that it comes in at a decent price. Fortunately that was the case in these parts last week, as Luis Suarez spared my blushes by scoring the first goal at Barcelona.

We’ll be hoping to expand on such meagre statistics this week, having unearthed a plethora of top goalscoring talent available at the juiciest prices imaginable.

We start in the Premier League with the heavyweight clash between Manchester United and Spurs. As history dictates, United are the strong favourites but the odds ignore their current problems and the consistent away form that Tottenham have shown this season.

Spurs are actually a more reliable side away from home than they are at White Hart Lane and in Harry Kane they have a striker capable of scoring regularly on the road. Kane has scored in six away games in a row and the price of 2.8815/8 for him to find the net is too high to ignore against United’s unpredictable defence.

We stay in the Premier League to focus on another top young English striker. Saido Berhaino’s achievements have been eclipsed by those of Kane this season but a return of 18 goals in 34 games is a more than decent return in his breakthrough season.

The England U21 international has tended to score in streaks and is currently in hot form with four goals from his last six games. This weekend he’s up against a Stoke team in good form but it would be a surprise if both sides weren’t on target. Back Berahino at 7.06/1 to score the first goal.

Next we go to Spain to focus on a midfielder who can’t stop scoring. Sevilla’s Vitolo is in fantastic form and this week scored the fastest ever goal in the Europa League, as he opened the scoring against Villarreal after just 13.21 seconds.

It was the Spanish player’s fifth goal in his last four games, with Vitolo having scored a brace last weekend as Sevilla beat Deportivo 4-3. This week they face a struggling Elche that are fighting against relegation and the price of 2.915/8 for Vitolo to add to his tally looks tempting.

When it comes to in-form goalscorers, Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost has to enter the conversation. The Dutch striker has not scored in his last three games but after a post winter break run in which he notched 13 goals in eight games, he’s due a breather.

As a unit Wolfsburg are one of the best teams in Europe right now, with Dost being fed by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle. This weekend they take on Freiburg, who are 17th in the Bundesliga. There’s bound to be goals and Dost can be backed at 4.03/1 to score the first of them.

Another striker who has recently took a rest from scoring right now is Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette. Last weekend he scored twice against Montpellier, breaking a run of five games without a goal. In a season in which Lacazette has 27 goals in 32 games, such a barren patch was notable.

This weekend league leaders Lyon have a vital match against Marseille, as they try to keep PSG at bay. Marseille themselves are third and are in with an outside shout of winning the title but come into the game with just one win from their last five.

In such circumstances Lyon will be replying upon their main man to step up and at odds of 2.68/5 for Lacazette to score, it’s worth taking a punt that he’ll deliver.

Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back Kane to score at 2.8815/8
Back Berahino to score first at 7.06/1
Back Vitolo to score at 2.915/8
Back Dost to score first at 4.03/1
Back Lacazette to score at 2.68/5