So, it’s back to Premier League action this weekend then and I’m looking to three strikers to fire their teams to success – and, more importantly, this 12.78/1 Betfred treble to victory too.
After a dramatic schedule in midweek, I’m predicting plenty of goals across the afternoon’s action. As well as the treble, I’ll be playing all three players as a single. So even two goalscorers from the three would provide a tasty.
Here we go..
Bournemouth V Norwich City. 3PM
BET: Benik Afobe to score anytime @ 7/4 with Betfred
Former Gunner Benik Afobe didn’t really get a chance to shine during his time at the Emirates but, after an impressive spell in the Football League with MK Dons and Wolves, he now has his chance at Bournemouth. I think the youngster could open his Cherries account against fellow new boys Norwich.
The new signing didn’t have much joy against West Ham in midweek, but this is a far more winnable game for Eddie Howe’s men and they should create chances. Afobe will be the forefront of their attack, and should be ready to convert any opportunities that come his way.
Afobe is inexperienced at this level. However, his talent is in question and he looks like a very confident player. Besides, Norwich aren’t much better than the Championship opposition he’s faced so far in 2015/16.
I’ve got this down as a Cherries’ win. Assuming they get the goals, I’ve no reason to think Afobe won’t bag his first goal for the club.
Chelsea V Everton. 3PM
BET: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime @ 2/1 with Betfred
Deep down, Jose Mourinho must have been kicking himself for letting Romelu Lukaku leave Stamford Bridge for Everton, especially as he saw his own players struggle for form in front of goal before being sacked. While the Special One has moved on, the Belgian striker will still want to prove himself against his former club. He will.
The 22-year-old has set all kinds of records for Premier League goals at such an early age. Despite firing a blank in midweek at Manchester City, he remains joint top of the division’s individual scoring charts. Given the frailties in Chelsea’s backline, he’s got to be a great shout for goals here.
Even a change of manager hasn’t stopped the Blues from conceding, as was highlighted by the disappointing midweek draw with West Brom. The champions are improving, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side are still vulnerable. I’m backing Lukaku to capitalise on that regardless of whether the Toffees claim any points.
Everton’s attacking game will be almost exclusively played through the big Belgian. At odds of 2/1 against a former club, Lukaku is my bet of the day.
Manchester City V Crystal Palace. 3PM
BET: Sergio Aguero to score anytime @ 4/6 with Betfred
I’m not going to lie, taking an odds-on shot is not often advised on the goalscorer markets, especially when it comes to Premier League action. Having said that, I really do think Sergio Aguero will score.
After another frustrating night on Wednesday, Manchester City are in major need of a big performance and a big result. This is the only way they can keep the pressure up on Arsenal, and Aguero is the man to salvage their season.
Despite often being underwhelming, City do boast 29 goals at the Etihad. That’s pretty good going from 11 games. Likewise, Aguero’s return of 8 isn’t at all bad considering his limited playing time. Alan Pardew’s Place will put up a challenge, but I doubt that can resist the power of the hosts.
And if Aguero is joined by Lukaku and Afobe on the scoresheet, then I’ll be jumping for joy.
After all, as well as the three singles, it would mean a £137.80 return from a £10 treble at Betfred