Though many customers may look to Darren Bent in the first and last goalscorer markets this weekend, it’s his strike partner, Gabby Agbonlahor, who looks the best bet to net at Villa Park.
After a pathetic haul of only three goals in 25 league appearances last season, Agbonlahor has looked back to his exhilarating best this season with four goals already in his first seven matches.
The fleet-footed Villa academy product looks revitalised under Alex McLeish, and he has a habit of scoring in derby matches having netted against the Baggies previously in 2008.
He has a further four against Birmingham too.
The England forward is priced at 11/2 to net first, and customers using their free £25 bet would pocket £162.50 if Agbonlahor maintains his good form on Saturday and opens the scoring.
Alternatively, Baggies striker Shane Long could be good value at 7/1 to score the first goal of the game.
The young Irishman gave a “fault-free performance” in West Brom’s 2-0 win against Wolves on Sunday according to his manager Roy Hodgson, and he has made the transition from Championship to Premier League look easy so far.
Meanwhile, his captain, Chris Brunt, looks well-priced at 13/4 to net anytime, and could be worth a quid or two given that he’s the Baggies’ proficient set-piece taker.
However, if it’s total goals you are interested in, then the price of 31/10 for exactly three goals to be scored in the match could be worth a punt – five of the last six meetings between the two sides have ended 2-1.
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