The Goalscorer Gamble: Sturridge will prove Liverpool aren't a one-man team

Will Brendan Rodgers be thanking Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool face Aston Villa?
Will Brendan Rodgers be thanking Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool face Aston Villa?

Dan Fitch returns with his weekly dose of goalscorer tips and fancies Daniel Sturridge to get on the mark for Liverpool against Aston Villa.

"Jose Callejon has scored eight league goals this season - just one less than the striker that he plays just behind."

Back Callejon at 3.02/1 to find the net.

I was always told that if you don't succeed, then try, try again. This advice had provided me with more than my fair share of restraining orders but has come it handy when it comes to gambling.

Last week I only managed to pick out one winner - Inverness striker Billy McKay - but nevertheless I try again, safe in the knowledge that another weekend of winning is at least just around the corner, and at best staring us straight in the face.

If you're looking for goals these days then there's not many better places to head than Anfield. Brendan Rodgers has got his team playing some great attacking football and while it's Luis Suarez that is grabbing the majority of the goals, he's not Liverpool's only threat.

Daniel Sturridge was holding his own alongside Suarez, until his recent injury. The England striker has scored 12 goals in 15 games this season and was back amongst the goals last weekend as he made his comeback off the bench against Stoke.

A home game against a struggling Aston Villa side that have won only once in their last seven games, looks like the perfect place for Sturridge to be reintroduced to the starting lineup. Back him at 1.9720/21 to score.

We stay in the Premier League but break convention by moving to our last goalscorer pick, rather than first. The man I'm interested in is Manchester United's Javier Hernandez. He has a great record against Chelsea, scoring in six of his last nine games against them.

Hernandez has struggled to get regular games under David Moyes but the United manager will surely not ignore Hernandez for the entire game. At worst we should see him as a second-half substitute and he's worth a punt to score the last goal at odds likely to be around 13.012/1.

Next we move to Spain where Lionel Messi is back on the scene for Barcelona. It gives without saying that we'd be better checking down the sofa for spare change than to back Messi, given how small a price he generally trades at. 

More value lies with Pedro, who is Barcelona's top league goalscorer this season. He was rested for the midweek cup victory over Getafe and with Neymar having picked up an injury in that match, the winger looks certain to start. Pedro should be available at around 2.111/10 to add to his tally of 15 goals in all competitions. 

Another side with plenty of options in attack are Paris St-Germain. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edison Cavani have been staging their own personal battle to become the French league's top scorer, but it is the Swede that is now starting to pull ahead.

After a slow start, Zlatan has scored 15 goals this season to Cavani's 12. Ibrahimovic has now added to that number for the past two games, so the law of averages dictates that he'll be back amongst the goals when he faces Nantes.

The visiting side conceded three goals last weekend in their victory over Nice, which doesn't bode well for the trip to Paris. Back Ibrahimovic to score first at 3.3512/5.

Over in Italy, Bologna's match with Napoli looks likely to yield goals. Bologna are positioned in Serie A's relegation zone, while the visiting Napoli have regained their form and are now unbeaten in eight games.

Gonzalo Higuain is the heavy favourite to score but there is another player in Napoli's ranks that is almost matching him for goals this season. Jose Callejon has scored eight league goals this season - just one less than the striker that he plays just behind.

Callejon is likely to be available at around 3.02/1 to find the net and is another example of how goalscoring midfielders provide great value for punters.

Recommended Bets
Best Bet: Back Sturridge to score at 1.9720/21
Back Hernandez to score last at 13.012/1
Back Pedro to score at 2.111/10
Back Ibrahimovic to score first at 3.3512/5
Back Callejon to score at 3.02/1

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