Gabriel Agbonlahor has started the season in fine fettle with three goals in six matches, outshining his £24 million teammate Darren Bent.
Manager Alex McLeish seems to be getting the best out of the Agbonlahor and odds of 6/1 on him netting first against Wigan at Villa Park are definitely worth a punt.
If you want to play safe, bwin.com is offering odds of 7/5 for him to score at any time.
Two of his three goals have been the first on the scoresheet, while his record against Wigan is decent with four goals in ten appearances.
Should Agbonlahor score first at 6/1 punters would win £175 if they used the £25 free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
If, however, you fancy Bent to find his shooting boots and score first he is priced as the 7/2 favourite. Winger Charles N’Zogbia is a 7/1 shot to score against his old club.
An alternative worth considering is Wigan’s Franco Di Santo. With Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega out injured, the responsibility in front of goal falls on the shoulders of the former Chelsea man.
The diminutive Argentine is the club’s top scorer with three goals and is available at 8/1 to score first or 2/1 at any time.
Di Santo bagged the opening goal of the match in Wigan’s last away match, a defeat to Everton.
However, his tally so far flatters to deceive as all three strikes took wild deflections en route to goal.
Irrespective of how the ball ended up in the net, he’s got off to a flyer this season compared to his solitary goal in 25 appearances in the last campaign.
That said, this game looks a low-scoring affair on paper. Villa have scored a mediocre four goals at home and Wigan have managed just one on the road. The smart money could be to bet on 0-0 at 15/2.
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