You’ll get double winnings with bwin if you back the first goalscorer and he scores again when Chelsea visit QPR, and in three more of the best matches the weekend has left to offer.
Many a punter will be drawn towards returning former Super Hoops striker Loic Remy for an opener at bwin’s top-price 17/4, with Diego Costa’s hamstrings keeping the Spazilian in the treatment room.
Remy bagged six times in 14 Premier League appearances for the west Londoners in the second half of the 2012/13 campaign, but couldn’t stop them slipping into the Championship.
With 14 goals in 26 top-flight games on loan at Newcastle last term, and five in 16 matches for Chelsea this season, only four of which were starts, Remy is clearly a class act, but he has scored just one opener in the division for the Blues, and none on the road in any competition.
Charlie Austin is an interesting candidate at an out-of-this-world top-price of 23/2 at bwin, with some bookies going as low as 13/2 about the former Burnley man breaking the deadlock.
Austin has bagged 17 Premier League goals in his first campaign at England’s top table, including one against Chelsea in the Blues’ November win and three openers.
The fact that Austin has claimed multi-goal hauls twice this term also suggest he’s good value for double winnings, certainly in relation to Remy, who hasn’t yet doubled up in a match for Chelsea.
However, with Costa on the sidelines the outstanding candidate to break the deadlock has to be attacking-midfield maestro and penalty-taker extraordinaire Eden Hazard at 5/1.
The brilliant Belgian has scored the first goal in three of Jose Mourinho’s side’s past four Premier League fixtures, including last time out at home to Stoke.
Hazard has bagged the opener in the Blues’ past three top-flight away games, in wins against Hull, West Ham and Aston Villa, meaning along with an 18th-minute spotkick in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Liverpool, the 24-year-old is directly accountable for first goals in four of Chelsea’s last five away outings.
On that kind of ratio, 5/1 about the same again looks the bet of the weekend, and Hazard has doubled up already this season, away to Maribor in the Champions League, so there’s hope he could do so against Chris Ramsey’s relegation battlers.