The only thing more consistent that Robin nan Persie’s finishing this season has been his payouts for punters wagering on Arsenal and Holland goalscorer markets.
Across the season, Van Persie has netted 43 times for club and country – becoming only the second person in 15 years (Cristiano Ronaldo being the other) to break 30 Premier League goals in one campaign.
That form has already earned him the PFA Players’ Player and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year awards for 2011/12.
It comes as no surprise, then, that he has developed a reputation as a pretty surefire bet in the anytime goalscorer market.
Van Persie is 17/20 to net goal number 44 as Arsenal travel to West Brom needing a win to secure third place and guarantee Champions League football for next season.
Yet considering RVP’s record and the fact that the Baggies are one of the 17 Premier League sides the Dutchamn has scored against this term, even more value can be found beyond the anytime market.
Having opened the scoring in the reverse fixture in November, which ended 3-0 in Arsenal’s favour, it’s worth backing him to do so again at 3/1.
However, Van Persie has tended to score in batches and having snapped a recent lean run with a double against Norwich, odds of 13/4 for him to get his tenth two-goal or better haul of the campaign look too good to miss.
New customers using the free £25 bet they receive when registering with bwin on this bet would win £275 if Van Persie strikes at the double.
Since seeming to build an unassailable lead for third place and automatic Champions League qualification with a win over champions-elect Manchester City in April, the Gunners have begun to stumble again, with a win over woeful Wolves their only maximum haul in the subsequent five games.
That’s largely been down to an over-reliance on RVP (second top-scorer Theo Walcott has eight goals in 34) but recently the likes of Thomas Vermaelen (5/1 to score anytime) and Yossi Benayoun (3/2) have chipped in with important goals.
West Brom have had goalscoring problems of their own bet were given a boost by the news that Peter Odemwingie should return to their starting line-up.
The Baggies will want to give boss Roy Hodgson a memorable send-off before he takes up the England post and the Nigerian could be the men to deliver the goods.
He scored in both league meetings with Arsenal last season and looks a cracking first goalscorer punt at odds of 7/1, while he can be backed at 2/1 to notch at any time.
That could well end up providing a solid safety net in the unlikely event that Van Persie fails to make his mark at the Hawthorns, regardless of the outcome of the game.
Recommended bet: Van Persie to score first @ 3/1
Outside punt: Van Persie to score two or more @ 13/4
Long shot: Peter Odemwingie to score first @ 7/1
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