The dust is beginning to settle after the tornado that was Radamel Falcao to Manchester United, with the Colombian sharp-shooter’s arrival at Old Trafford prompting the black and gold boys at bwin.com to price up a cracking selection of markets.
One in particular that will appeal to Stretford Enders’ sense of mirth is the 17/20 on Falcao to notch against champions Manchester City in the Premier League this term, with the Red Devils taking on their neighbours in early November and the middle of April.
The 28-year-old’s United forward-line partners Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both managed as much in their first seasons at the club, and the new boy struck La Liga goals for Atletico Madrid against Real Madrid in each of his two campaigns in Spain.
However, the pick of bwin.com’s 2014/15 Falcao bets may be the outstanding 51/50 on the Los Cafeteros idol achieving something he has managed four times in the last three campaigns.
During both of his seasons at the Vicente Calderon, Falcao notched a brace of La Liga hat-tricks and has seven three-plus-goal hauls to his name in all competitions since leaving River Plate for Porto in 2009.
He may not have managed the feat in 17 Ligue 1 games for Monaco in 2013/14, but seven singles and a brace last term, plus two in three for the principality club this month before throwing in his ‘Les Rouge et Blancs’ hand, suggests Falcao was gearing up nicely prior to falling injured in January.
Faithful Red Devils concerned about the 51-cap centre-forward’s potential knee knack will be relieved to hear that last season was the first in seven that Falcao didn’t manage at least 35 all-competition appearances, so long term fitness fears have little basis in fact.
One wager that should be avoided is the 2014/15 Premier League matchbet with fellow former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, now of Chelsea, who’s 1/2 to outscore 2/1 Falcao in this market.
Considering Costa already leads the top-flight standings with four and is unquestionably the number one striker at Stamford Bridge, the best his South American brethren can surely hope for is to tie at 15/2.