Diafra Sakho is bidding to surpass Carlton Cole’s West Ham achievement of scoring five straight Premier League games when the Irons host champions Manchester City.
The former Metz frontman equalled Sex and Drugs and’s record at Burnley last time out and can be backed at 9/1 to break it with the first goal of the game when the Citizens are in town.
Having seen the smouldering Frenchman ripple the nets of mighty foes Manchester United and Liverpool on his scoring streak, even the most pessimistic miser amongst the Boleyn Ground faithful will agree that this is a fantastic price.
Aston Villa and Newcastle – hardly renowned for their attacking prowess – are the only home teams that have been unable to cut a path through City’s defence so far, whereas the Hammers haven’t failed to score in four successive Upton Park outings since the opening day of the season.
This spells goals for the hosts so backing Sakho at 3/1 to score at any time rates as a solid insurance policy if he’s unable to bag first.
Should strike partner Enner Valencia prove to be the deadlock picker in his stead, those who back him at bwin.com can land an industry best price of 9/1.
With just two goals to his name in claret and blue, and both of them coming on the road at that, he doesn’t rate as tantalising a prospect as Sakho, but his World Cup stats say he may be worth a flutter.
He fired three in as many appearances in the land of joga bonito, two of which were Ecuador’s first of the match.
On the other side of the fence, as murmurs of a return to fitness grow in decibels, Frank Lampard rates as another first goalscorer wager with potential for shrewdness.
Again, bwin are the biggest price in the business for the former Hammer to set the ball rolling at 8/1 and his record against this adversary from his Chelsea days says he stands an excellent chance.
He opened the scoring in each of his previous three starts against the east Londoners, helping himself to five over his last eight in total.