Manchester City v Liverpool is overflowing with possibilities in the goalscorer market, meaning that punters are spoiled for choice in this one.
But with such an array of attacking prowess on show, it could pay to take a breath and consider this interesting trend before you part with your cash.
In four of the last five meetings between the sides, the scoring has not been opened by a striker.
The last time the two sides met the first goal was scored by Vincent Kompany, while Gareth Barry struck first at the Etihad in 2010, Martin Skrtel opened the scoring at Anfield in 2009, and nobody scored at all in a goalless draw at Eastlands later in the 2009-10 season.
Man City have so many options going forward, however, that it is difficult to imagine that if they score first it won’t come from either Sergio Aguero (9/2), Mario Balotelli (11/2), David Silva (15/2) or Edin Dzeko (5/1).
Craig Bellamy always scores against his former clubs and looks like a good shout to do so again.
So if you fancy the trend of non-strikers to score first to continue, the best options could be Liverpool’s goalscoring midfielders Charlie Adam (10/1) or Steven Gerrard (8/1).
Gerrard scored on his second substitute appearance following his return to action against Newcastle on Thursday while Adam, despite only having two goals to his name in the Premier League this season, is always worth considering in the goalscorer market given his ability from set-pieces.
If you can’t see past City scoring first but like the idea of a non-striker opening the scoring, Vincent Kompany is priced at 33/1 to score the first goal again, while Barry is 20/1 and Yaya Toure is available at 9/1.
As for the strikers, Craig Bellamy always scores against his former clubs and looks like a good shout to do so again.
His two goals against Newcastle on Thursday added to his goal against Norwich earlier in the season.
He scored for Cardiff against previous employers Coventry in the Championship last season, and for West Ham against Blackburn in 2008, to name just a few examples.
Bellamy is 11/4 to score at any time, and 22/1 to repeat his midweek feat by scoring a double.
Andy Carroll has scored just two Premier League goals all season, and he hasn’t found the net in any competition since October 29th, but he scored a double against City at Anfield last season and he is 19/2 to score twice again, while he is 17/10 to score his first goal for two months.
For those who prefer to keep their bet simple, Balotelli has opened the scoring five times this season and his price of 11/2 makes him the third favourite with bwin to score first in this one, while Aguero has scored first in four Premier League matches and is the 9/2 favourite to break the deadlock against Liverpool.
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