The Goalscorer Gamble: Stokes to reignite embers of Celtic's season

Can Anthony Stokes continue his fine form when Celtic face Dundee United?
Can Anthony Stokes continue his fine form when Celtic face Dundee United?
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Dan Fitch is on hand with five goalscorer tips and fancies Anthony Stokes to continue Celtic's hot streak.

"Messi has scored the last goal in five of his last 11 games."

Back Messi to score last at 3.185/40

Two weeks of successive riches ground to a halt last weekend when my selections drew a blank. 

With Europe's top leagues grinding to a conclusion, there's a short window of opportunity to end on a high and stockpile some funds to take into the World Cup. Will we enter the summer reeking of the sweet smell of success or the rank whiff of failure?

We start our journey of exploration in the Premier League. A win for Manchester City will see them take the title and we're interested in the man driving them towards this feat.

Last week I recommended backing Yaya Toure as the first goalscorer in City's match against Everton. He failed to find the net but was back amongst the goals in midweek, when he scored a spectacular effort to conclude his side's 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

That took his tally to 20 goals in 32 league games. If Toure was a striker he'd be trading at under evens to add to his total against West Ham, so take advantage of the very generous odds of 2.89/5 for him to find the net.

City's rivals for the title are Liverpool, who take on struggling Newcastle at Anfield. There will be decidedly less pressure on the home side now that they are no longer in charge of their own destiny.

Liverpool should win comfortably and just as Toure has been the driving force behind Manchester Citys victories this season, at Liverpool the man they rely on is Luis Suarez. Like Toure, the Uruguayan was on target in midweek, as Liverpool let a 3-0 lead slip against Crystal Palace.

The goal saw his record improve to an astonishing 31 from 32 games this season. That total sees Suarez rub shoulders with Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo as the record scorer in a 38 game Premier League season.

One more goal will see Suarez better that total and complete a unique achievement. Back him at a price of 4.1 to score the first goal.

There are few strikers out there that have been similarly prolific this season but one such man can be found in France, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 40 goals is 42 games this season. 

Zlatan returned to action in midweek as Paris St Germain slumped to a home defeat against Rennes but still won the title, as Monaco fell short. Ibrahimovic looks set to start against Lille and is a generous 2.3811/8 to score.

The title race may be over in France but it's alive and kicking in Spain. Barcelona are sandwiched between league leaders Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as three teams battle for league supremacy with just two games to go.

Three points behind Atletico, it's the last chance saloon for Barcelona when they face Elche tomorrow. They must win if they're to stand any chance of winning the league.

As ever, the man they must rely upon is Lionel Messi. The Argentine has scored in his last three games and a large number of his recent strikes have been decisive ones. Messi has scored the last goal in five of his last 11 games, which makes the odds of 3.185/40 for him to conclude the scoring a tasty proposition.

The title race has long been over in Scotland, which Celtic had practically won before a ball was even kicked. Yet securing another trophy has not stopped Celtic's desire to score goals, with Neil Lennon's side notching 17 in the last four games.

Anthony Stokes has scored five of those 17, taking his tally to 20 in 45 games. A goal against Dundee United would see him equal his best season for Celtic. Back him to do just that against Dundee United, at likely odds of 2.111/10.

Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back Anthony Stokes to score at 2.111/10
Back Toure to score at 2.89/5
Back Suarez to score first at 4.1
Back Ibrahimovic to score at 2.3811/8
Back Messi to score last at 3.185/40

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