The Goalscorer Gamble: Sanchez to make like Messi with goals against Granada

Can Alexis Sanchez continue his scoring streak for Barcelona today?
Can Alexis Sanchez continue his scoring streak for Barcelona today?

Dan Fitch returns with five goalscorer picks from across the continent starting on Saturday and finishing on Sunday, and he expects Alexis Sanchez to continue his fine form for Barcelona against Granada.

"Sanchez has scored eight goals in 11 games for Chile in 2013 and has hit seven in nine league games this season."

Back Sanchez at 2.111/10 to score.

The success story of my midweek Goalscorer Gamble tips was my pick of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score against Portugal.

Now you might think that picking out Zlatan to score is no particular feat of genius, considering that he scores in more or less every game for club and country. You'd be right, but it was an example of a player being overpriced because of the circumstances of the game and the opposition they found themselves up against.

If you're looking for a similar situation today then look no further than the Merseyside derby and a certain Luis Suarez. The Liverpool striker is in astonishing form since returning from suspension, scoring eight goals in just six games.

Yet the Uruguayan is out at 2.68/5 to score today against Everton. I consider that a massive price. It can only be because Everton are flying high and the importance of the derby, but it ignores the fact that Suarez has scored in his last two visits to Goodison Park. Snap those odds up.

Staying in the Premier League, we shift our focus towards another in-form striker. Loic Remy is just one goal behind Suarez in the scoring charts with seven this season and today faces a Norwich defence that have looked very leaky on their travels.

The Canaries have only kept one clean sheet on the road and have conceded a total of 15 goals in their last three away trips. Remy looks a good shout at 5.79/2 to grab what could be the first goal of many today.

Another team with defensive problems are Borussia Dortmund. Of course, Jurgen Klopp's back four is normally jam-packed with seasoned internationals but due to injuries he cannot call upon any of his regular first-choice defenders today.

That's a big problem considering that Dortmund are facing Bayern Munich today. So who to choose from Pep Guardiola's roster of attacking talent? Mario Mandzukic is their top scorer but Pep is nothing if not a show-off and might well not bother picking a striker.

That leads me towards Thomas Muller who has 11 goals in 20 games this season, on the back of scoring 23 in 47 during Munich's treble winning campaign. He's available at 7.513/2 to score the last goal.

Next we move to Spain for Barcelona's home match with Granada. Barca are currently in the unusual position of not being able to just pass the ball to Lionel Messi and let him do the rest, as the magical Argentine is a long-term absentee with injury.

The positive aspect is that it presents an opportunity for others to step up to the plate. One man certainly doing that is Alexis Sanchez, who is in great form for club and country.

Sanchez has scored eight goals in 11 games for Chile in 2013 and has hit seven in nine league games this season. He's likely to trade at 2.111/10 come kick-off, which is a decent price for a player in such form and playing for a team like Barcelona at home.

Finally we end in France, for Sunday's match between Nantes and Monaco. The aristocratic visitors have had a poor run of late, winning only three of their last nine games.

Yet even when his team are not playing well, Radamel Falcao has still managed to plunder five goals from those fixtures. He has hit nine goals in 12 games this season to lead the Ligue 1 scoring charts, which makes the likely odds of 2.56/4 for Falcao to score look very tempting indeed.

Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back Sanchez to score at 2.111/10
Back Suarez to score at 2.68/5
Back Remy to score first at 5.79/2
Back Muller to score last at 7.513/2
Back Falcao to score at 2.56/4

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