The Goalscorer Gamble: Benteke a bargain against Liverpool

There aren’t many perks of being a Spurs fan but one is an inside knowledge of what depths we’re able to sink to.

Most casual outsiders would have taken a quick look at Tottenham’s match with Aston Villa last weekend and marked it down as a home win. I knew better and proved it by tipped Christian Benteke to score the first goal last weekend at [11.0]. With Antoine Griezmann also scoring at juicy odds as predicted, the column was a profitable one.

We start this week’s march towards profit in the FA Cup where the aforementioned Benteke again represents great value. The Belgian’s Aston Villa side take on Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final and as you would expect they are big outsiders.

This only serves to plump up the price of a player who has scored eight goals in his last eight games, with five coming from his last three appearances. No striker in Europe is in hotter form than Benteke right now, which makes the likely price of [3.75] for him to hit the net a bargain.

Another Premier League striker in top form is Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray. The 31-year old striker has hit seven from as many matches, having spent the first half of the season on loan at Reading.

Palace have escaped the clutches of relegation and are safely positioned in mid-table, but should nevertheless remain focused this weekend. Their opponents West Brom are managed by Tony Pulis, who walked out on Palace earlier this season and Murray and company will want to prove that he made a mistake. With that in mind, back Murray to score the first goal at [7.0].

We drop down to the Championship for Wolves’ match against Ipswich. A victory for the home side would put them level on points with Ipswich, who currently occupy the sixth and final play-off spot.

Wolves will be relying upon their deadly forward line of Benik Afobe, Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako to blast them to glory. It is Sako that is Wolves’ top scorer with 14 goals, with Dicko not far behind on 13 and Afobe on 11.

Afobe’s 11 have come in 18 league games, having scored 19 in 30 matches for the MK Dons in the first half of the season. That gives him a total of 30 goals – one more than a certain Harry Kane. The odds of [2.62] to find the net are much too high for such a sharp shooter.

Next we go to Italy for a striker that has done this column proud this season. Carlos Tevez is Serie A’s top scorer with 17 goals this term and with Juventus honing in on the title, more could flow against second placed Lazio.

Now 31, Tevez is still a deadly marksman, with 47 goals in 86 games for Juventus, which includes 26 in 38 matches this season. He was on target earlier on this season when Tevez scored in Juventus’ 3-0 win over Lazio and can be backed at [5.0] to open the scoring this time round.

Finally we keep faith in another player who delivered for us last weekend. Anotoine Griezmann scored twice against Malaga seven days ago and has four goals in his last four games.

He was substituted during the Madrid derby in the Champions League this week, which should see him fresh against a Deportivo side that are without a win in nine. Take a chance on Griezmann adding to his tally at [2.96].

Recommended Bets

Best Bet: Back Benteke to score at [3.75]
Back Murray to score first at [7.0]
Back Afobe to score at [2.62]
Back Tevez to score first at [5.0]
Back Griezmann to score at [2.96]