The Goalscorer Gamble: Back Austin to drive on

Will Charlie Austin be smiling again after QPR's match with Leicester?
Will Charlie Austin be smiling again after QPR's match with Leicester?

Dan Fitch has five goalscorer tips up his sleeve and fancies Charlie Austin to add to his impressive tally...

"Alexandre Lacazette has scored 11 goals in 13 league games for Lyon."

Back Lacazette to score at 3.185/40.


It was a poor week for the Goalscorer Gamble last time out as only one of my picks delivered. The successful player Carlos Tevez, who at least was available at decent odds to limit the damage but there's still a lot of ground to be made up this week.

We start in the Premier League with a striker that was a big winner for us a couple of columns ago. Charlie Austin was double figures to score the first goal against Manchester City's dodgy defence and we took full advantage.

This week he's available at a similarly shocking price as QPR host Leicester. The Londoners may be bottom but they have at least shown some signs of late, with a win and a draw in their last four games. In contrast, Leicester made a promising start to the season, only to drop like a stone. They are without a win in seven games.

That run has seen them keep just one clean sheet which is bad news against an in-form player like Austin, who has four goals from his last four games. He's likely to be priced at around 2.89/5 to find the net, which is stupendous value. 

Next we move on to a player in a situation not unlike Austin when he scored that goal against Manchester City at lengthy odds. Like the QPR striker, Saido Berahino is a man in form, with seven goals in 12 league appearances this season.

He faces opposition not unlike Manchester City. Arsenal - like City - are struggling to repeat last season's form and the root cause is their poor defence. In such circumstances, the 9.08/1 available for Berahino to score first looks very tempting indeed.

Another in-form player who's price is boosted by the standard of opposition he faces this weekend, is Eintracht Frankfurt's Alexander Meier. The 6ft 5" striker is the Bundesliga's joint top scorer this season with seven goals.

The team tasked with stopping him on Sunday are Borussia Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp's side have built up a fearsome reputation in recent years but are struggling right now, particularly in defensive areas. 

Currently 17th in the Bundesliga, Dortmund have just one win from their last nine league games, keeping just a single clean sheet in that time. Again, the likely odds of 3.7511/4 for Meier to score look too good to be true.

An equally unfamiliar name at the top of his league's scoring charts is ADO Den Haag's Michiel Kramer. The same height as Meier, the Dutch striker has helped himself to nine goals this season to become the Eredivisie's top scorer.

This weekend his side face Ajax, who unlike some of the giants mentioned, are actually in good form. Second in the league, Ajax are on a lengthy unbeaten run in the league, but have nevertheless conceded in five of their last seven games. Take a chance on Kramer to score the first goal at a probable price of 9.08/1.

We conclude with yet another forward who's the top scorer in his league. Alexandre Lacazette has scored 11 goals in 13 league games for Lyon, to race to the peak of Ligue 1's scoring charts over many more famous names. 

Third in the league, this weekend Lyon face an away trip to a St Etienne. While the visitors are unbeaten in ten league games - winning seven - St Etienne are not turning their unbeaten run into wins, drawing their last five games in all competitions.

While it's true that the home side are fairly solid defensively, the price of 3.185/40 for Lacazette to add to his tally looks over-generous.


Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back Austin to score at 2.89/5
Back Berahino to score first at 9.08/1
Back Meier to score at 3.7511/4
Back Kramer to score at 9.08/1
Back Lacazette to score at 3.185/40


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