What’s that? Write an article on potential goalscorers for one of this weekend’s crunch Premier League ties? Great! Who between?… oh.
West Brom and Wigan are the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season, bagging 25 goals between them. That’s only four more than 18th-placed Blackburn Rovers have managed on their own.
But do not lose hope, oh wide-eyed punter, as there is a chance we could see a deluge on Saturday. And it’s my job to find the likely suspects who can turn the odds-on favourite to be last on Match of the Day into Sky Sports’ chosen Football First offering.
However, for Roy Hodgson’s men there are very few options to choose from. Of the Albion’s 13 goals this season, Shane Long has five. The summer signing from Reading has been a relative success so far and is the obvious solution when looking for a Baggies match winner.
You can get a very decent 7/5 on the Irish international scoring at any time, but if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous you can also have 5/1 on Long being first goalscorer and the same for grabbing the last strike of the game. A brace or more comes in at 7/1 and a hat-trick or beyond is offered at a cool 25/1.
Of West Brom’s other scorers this season, only Peter Odemwingie has notched more than once in the Premier League, with a whopping two to his name thus far.
The Nigeria international was the team from the Black Country’s star last season, but has not shone as brightly in this campaign. However, his pace and finishing can be unstoppable on his day and you can back him to score at any time, also at 7/5.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can also have 5/1 on Long being first goalscorer and the same for grabbing the last strike of the game.
Other notable Baggies who you may have a passing anytime flutter on are Chris Brunt, taker of set-pieces with a lethal left foot (9/4), James Morrison (3/1), Jerome Thomas (3/1) and Paul Scharner (13/4).
Personally, I have enjoyed the recent form of Morrison and 3/1 anytime seems generous to me, as does the 11/1 on the Scotland midfielder opening the scoring.
As for Roberto Martinez’s charges, well, they are nearly as guilty of over-reliance on one player, with Franco Di Santo being attributed with a third of their 12 goals this season.
Di Santo can be backed at 8/1 to grab the first goal of this clash and is 9/4 to score at any time, though you may find yourself sweating on whether anything he claims will be given as an own goal considering he specialises in deflected efforts.
Like West Brom, the away side also have a highly rated player who has failed to live up to his billing this campaign. Hugo Rodallega is yet to break his duck and is seemingly missing his former partner in crime, Charles N’Zogbia.
The Colombian can be found at 2/1 to open his account for the season in this one and 7/1 to do it in dramatic fashion by bagging the last goal of the match for the Premier League’s bottom side.
Martinez will believe that Wigan’s goals can come from anyone and penalty taker Ben Watson (4/1 anytime) has to be considered as a possibility. Elsewhere, any of Conor Sammon (9/4), Victor Moses (11/4), in-form Jordi Gomez (9/2) or Mohamed Diame (6/1) could be worth a cheeky few pounds if you’re feeling saucy.
My thoughts lead me to central defence though and specifically big Gary Caldwell. The former Celtic man has already scored once this season (against Blackburn) and is a constant threat from set-pieces.
Something tells me there will be a number of corners and free-kicks in this one, so Caldwell gets my anytime backing at 11/1.
(Read a full West Brom v Wigan betting preview here)
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