The Goalscorer Gamble: Rooney to add to tally against Arsenal

Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other team.
Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other team.

Dan Fitch returns with more goalscorer tips and fancies Wayne Rooney to add to his impressive record against Arsenal.

"Since joining Stuttgart from Hoffenheim in 2012, the Bosnian has scored 44 goals in 79 games."

Back Ibsevic to score at a likely price of 2.757/4..

I feel slightly cursed at the moment. For the second week in a row I recorded a blank and it's hard to see why, other than being the victim of dumb luck.

Last week's selections - Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, Giuseppe Rossi and Gareth Bale - are all prolific goalscorers. It's not as if I've chosen Danny Graham, Emile Heskey, Jason Lee, Marco Boogers and Ali Dia.

So it's with confidence that I make this week's selections. Sound logic/guesswork will eventually pay dividends.

We start with the big match on Sunday between Manchester United and Arsenal. Robin van Persie is the favourite to score against his former club but despite his good form in this fixture, I'm more attracted to his strike partner.

Ever since Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene with that long range effort against Arsenal, he's always loved playing against the Gunners, as the Opta stats reveal. In total Rooney has scored ten goals against Arsenal - more than against any other club.

Therefore the price of 3.052/1 for Rooney to add to his tally looks too good to turn down.

We stay in the Premier League for Aston Villa's match with Cardiff. Christian Benteke is going through something of a dry spell at the moment but with a striker of his quality, you know that it will come to an end sooner rather than later.

With Villa having drawn blanks in their last four games against Hull, Tottenham, Everton and West Ham, the team are due a goal also. 

Cardiff should provide the opportunity. They have only kept one clean sheet on the road this season - against shot-shy Norwich. Back Benteke to score first at likely odds of 5.59/2.

Next we head to Italy for Genoa's match against Verona. Genoa are having a decent season so far and currently sit in eighth position, with their current form having been given a boost by four goals in four games from veteran striker Alberto Gilardino.

Gilardino looks set to move to Toronto in the MLS but will remain at Genoa for the rest of the season. They'll need him against high-flying Verona, who are the surprise package in Serie A this season and are currently fifth.

Genoa however, have not kept a clean sheet on their travels and have only managed two in a total of 11 games this season. Snap up the likely price of 2.68/5 on Gilardino scoring.

Speaking of in-form strikers, Diego Costa continues his one man mission to make Atletico Madrid fans giggle when they remember the fee they received for Radamel Falcao.

Costa is proving a worthy replacement and has 15 goals this season - just one behind Cristiano Ronaldo. This weekend second-placed Atletico visit a Villarreal side that currently sit fourth, but are nonetheless well off the pace.

The Yellow Submarine's form is best described as 'patchy'. Their last nine games have produced four wins, three defeats and two draws. 

These games have seen Villarreal keep only three clean sheets and I don't expect them to be able to resist Atletico. Back Costa to score the last goal at likely odds of 5.04/1.

Finally we conclude in Germany, where two out of form sides meet when Freiburg face Stuttgart.

The home side Freiburg have only won one of their last eight games, while Stuttgart only have one in seven. What the visitors can boast about though is the form of their striker Vedad Ibsevic, who has scored seven goals in ten games this season.

This is no flash in the pan. Since joining Stuttgart from Hoffenheim in 2012, the Bosnian has scored 44 goals in 79 games. 

I'm expecting a goal-laden game between two struggling team and for Ibsevic to take advantage at a likely price of 2.757/4.

Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back Rooney to score at 3.052/1
Back Benteke to score first at 5.59/2
Back Gilardino to score at 2.68/5
Back Costa to score last at 5.04/1
Back Ibsevic to score at 2.757/4

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