A return to top-dog status following his move from Bayern Munich to Fiorentina is expected to remind the world just what a potent goal-scorer Mario Gomez is and he looks the bet at 9/20 to out-score his Germany teammate Miroslav Klose of Lazio in Serie A this season.
Fiorentina are by far the more fancied of the sides in the Serie A title betting at 9/1 compared to Lazio – who can be backed at whopping 50/1 – having scored 21 times more than the Biancocelesti in 2012/13.
Whilst the Florence club have lost Stevan Jovetic – who chipped in with 13 strikes last term – they’ve gained a forward that is arguably more clinical and goals-focussed.
Injury meant Gomez didn’t make his return to the Bayern team last season until November – at which point he was behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order – yet he still managed to register eleven goals in 21 league games, of which just nine outings were starts.
Given greater prominence in his manager’s plans he’ll surely improve upon that total for the Viola, who boast four of last season’s top 20 goal-creators in Borja Valero, Adem Ljajic, Alberto Aquilani and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
By contrast only one Lazio player – Senad Lulic – managed to equal full-back Cuadrado’s assist count of six in 2012/13 and Klose’s having a less creative supporting cast around him is another reason Gomez is the more likely to win their seasonal goal match.
At 35-years-old Klose is now entering the codgerly extremes of veteran status and his advanced age should mean that he misses more matches than 28-year-old Gomez, a spotty teen by comparison.
Just once in a career forged mostly on his efforts for his country has the Lazio man scored more than 20 goals in a league campaign. Gomez has done so in three of the last five seasons and has to be backed to best his venerable countryman in the 2013/14 goals race.