There’s nothing like the Premier League goal markets for punting value, with Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama 20/1 to grab a White Hart Lane opener against Liverpool a week on from managing as much at the same ground when Crystal Palace visited.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes an almighty chunk out of the market for Manchester United’s visit to Hull at 11/4, but with three strikes in his last 116 minutes of football, including the first against Southampton seven days ago, the Swede is a man to fear.
Michy Batshuayi is scoring for fun when he gets on, notching twice against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup, but Antonio Conte has barely afforded the Chelsea newboy and 3/1 second favourite to score first against Burnley 20 minutes in the Premier League so far, making 5/2 Diego Costa the better bet.
Sergio Aguero could be one to avoid at 5/2 for Manchester City at home to West Ham, despite the Argentine’s perfect return of two first goals in his side’s first two 2016/17 top-flight fixtures.
City came a cropper at home to the Irons just under a year ago and are good value to do so again at 9/1, with key players such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini expected back for the trip north.
Payet looks out of this world at 14/1 for the opener, considering you’ll get your money back if he doesn’t play, but there is one value first-scorer bet that appears extremely likely to land this weekend.
Christian Benteke broke the deadlock in Premier League home debuts for both Aston Villa against Swansea four years ago and when Liverpool hosted Bournemouth, his first opponents with new club Palace, last August.
It’s little wonder the Belgium international is 5/1 favourite with bwin to bag the opener when the Cherries visit Selhurst Park, and at twice the price of the likes of Aguero, Costa and Ibrahimovic (practically), Benteke ranks as top value first-goalscorer pick of the weekend.