First/anytime goalscorer tips: Gunners star to grab limelight in 388/1 acca
First goalscorer/anytime goalscorer tips
The Premier League has no plans to postpone any of this weekend's matches because of the coronavirus so our first and anytime goalscorer tips preview goes ahead as scheduled at the end of Cheltenham week.
There are seven top-flight matches under starters' orders on Saturday and we have made four selections from the 3pm kick-offs which can be combined as a four-fold acca at odds of 388/1.
Here are our best goalscorer bets this weekend:
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first 11/4
- Callum Wilson to score first 4/1
- Shane Long to score anytime 13/5
- Rodri to score anytime 19/4
And if you're feeling lucky, combining all our goalscorer tips into a 4 fold accumulator can be backed at 388/1.
First goalscorer tips
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) vs Brighton
Arsenal's spluttering season has started to creak into life on the back of a three-match winning run which has put them just five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.
Aubameyang scored in two of those games, including the opener in a 4-0 victory against Newcastle.
The Gabon striker is now just a couple of goals behind Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot and he will be targeting the Brighton game to get closer to the Leicester striker.
The Gunners star broke the deadlock both home and away against the Seagulls last season and despite this season's failure to make it four successive matches in which he has scored against them, we think he looks the most likely player to get the ball rolling.
Brighton have not scored in their last couple of matches and in their last five in which there has been a goal they have conceded first.
Get on Aubameyang at 11/4 in the first goalscorer odds to put Arsenal in credit at the Amex.
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) vs Crystal Palace
Wilson scored his third goal in three games when he opened the scoring at Liverpool last weekend and he looks a decent prospect to repeat the trick on Saturday.
The former Coventry striker got a bit lucky when his shove on Joe Gomez was adjudged to have been a shoulder barge in the build-up to his goal, a decision which incensed Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, but he stayed focused and tapped in from a yard out to put the Cherries in front.
CAAAAAAAALLLLL 💥 pic.twitter.com/hKC5dYIiPt-- AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) March 7, 2020
Wilson also broke the deadlock at Sheffield United at the start of February, so twice in four games suggests Wilson could be the man to draw first blood at odds of 4/1.
The Cherries star takes an average of 1.5 shots per game which isn't huge, but at the Vitality Stadium his record is much higher at 1.9.
Only Norwich and Newcastle have scored fewer than Palace's 26 goals this season, so Wilson can benefit from a team that struggles to find the net.
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This weekend's anytime goalscorer tips
Shane Long (Southampton) vs Norwich
It's do or die time for Norwich who remain bottom of the Premier League table with 21 points, six adrift of safety.
Saturday's clash with a Southampton side that have lost four of their last five is an opportunity to draw closer to their relegation rivals and it's one they must take if they are to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
The Canaries need to start taking chances which could play into the hands of Southampton striker Shane Long, who looks better value at 13/5 to score anytime than 5/6 shot Teemu Pukki, whose sensational early-season goals have dried up for Norwich.
Long did not score in the first half of the campaign, but a run of three goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions has brought the confidence flooding back.
The Irishman takes 1.6 shots per game and will fancy his chances of adding to his tally against the Premier League's second most porous defence and one which concedes an average of nearly two goals a game at Carrow Road.
Rodri (Manchester City) vs Burnley
Burnley have had very little joy against Manchester City in the last few seasons and there is no reason to suspect that will change on Saturday afternoon.
The Clarets have conceded 23 goals in seven meetings in all competitions against City, who had been due to play Arsenal on Wednesday until the match was postponed because of a coronavirus-related issue.
That means City should be fresh for the challenge posed by Burnley and we think Rodri stands out at 19/4 in the anytime goalscorer odds this weekend.
The Spanish midfielder bagged the third goal in a 4-1 win at Turf Moor in December and recently scored against West Ham and Aston Villa in the Premier League and Carabao Cup, so he knows the way to goal.
Rodri's fearsome right foot is a test for any goalkeeper and although he takes as many shots per game as Nicolas Otamendi, we suspect he will get into more attacking positions should City take charge as they usually do against Sean Dyche's men.