The Goalscorer Gamble: Back Bony to hammer West Ham

Can Wilfried Bony fire Swansea to victory against West Ham?
Can Wilfried Bony fire Swansea to victory against West Ham?
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Dan Fitch is back with five more goalscorer tips and is backing Wilfried Bony to continue his brilliant 2014 scoring streak...

"Austin has helped QPR's resurgence with five goals in his last six games."

Back him to extend this run at 2.47/5.

After a couple of weeks bumbling around in which only one of my five selections came in, last weekend saw us up the ante to two out of five. 

These alone are not figures to excite anyone but the prices were juicy enough to raise a smile. Charlie Austin netted at 2.89/5, before Alexander Meier scored at 3.7511/4. Had Michiel Kramer scored the first goal for ADO Den Haag instead of the last, I would now be writing this from a small Caribbean island.

Instead we start in the Premier League and there seems no reason to not continue to back Charlie Austin. The QPR striker has delivered at high prices when he's been backed by this column and remains at frankly silly odds, despite his recent scoring streak. 

QPR's opponents Burnley have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight. Both sides have improved of late but QPR are developing into a strong side at home and are now unbeaten in their last three at Loftus Road. Austin has helped this resurgence with five goals in his last six games, so back him to extend the run at 2.47/5.

Another player on a hot streak is Wilfried Bony. He's scored 18 Premier League goals in 2014 - more than any other player. After a relatively slow start to the season Bony has scored six goals in his last nine games to live up to last season's standards.

This weekend high-flying Swansea face the equally prosperous West Ham at Upton Park. It promises to be a close game with plenty of goals. Swansea have only drawn one blank in their last nine games and with that in mind, Bony looks good value at 6.511/2 to score the first goal.

As we've retained faith in Charlie Austin, it only seems fair to offer the same privilege to Alexander Meier. The giant striker is the Bundesliga's top scorer with eight goals this season for Eintracht Frankfurt and once again looks overpriced against struggling opposition with a lofty reputation. 

Last weekend Meier put Borussia Dortmund to the sword and now he faces a Werder Bremen side in 15th place in the league. It's true that Bremen's form has improved with four wins from five but this follows a shocking start in which they failed to win any of their first nine games. Back Meier to get amongst the goals at 2.47/5.

Next we move to Spain for Real Madrid's match with Celta Vigo and for once it's not Cristiano Ronaldo we're interested in. Karim Benzema can often be overlooked amongst Madrid's glittering array of stars, yet he's in great form right now with seven league goals in as many games.

In total the French striker has 13 goals from 20 appearances, bringing his total at Madrid to a very respectable 124 in 255. Let's take a chance on him adding to his tally with the first goal against mid-table Celta at likely odds of 5.59/2.

Finally we head to Italy where we're interested in a former colleague of Benzema. Gonzalo Higuain had similar statistics to Benzema during his time at Madrid, scoring 122 in 264 games. Since joining Napoli he's upped his scoring rate to over one every two games, with 34 strikes in 61 matches.

Ten goals have come from 16 appearances this season, of which four have been scored in his last five Serie A games. He looks likely to extend that at home to 13th placed Empoli, who have only won one away game this season. Back Higuain at 2.01/1 to add to his tally.

Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back Bony to score first at 6.511/2
Back Austin to score at 2.47/5
Back Meier to score at 2.47/5
Back Benzema to score first at 5.59/2
Back Higuain to score at 2.01/1

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