The Goalscorer Gamble: Suarez to strike first against Hull

Will Luis Suarez be on the receiving end of more high-fives when Liverpool face Hull?
Will Luis Suarez be on the receiving end of more high-fives when Liverpool face Hull?

Flushed with success, Dan Fitch is back with more goalscorer tips and expects Luis Suarez to get off to a flyer when Liverpool face Hull...

"Llorente will test himself against a Udinese side that have lost six of their last ten games."

Back Llorente to score at 2.35/4.


This column regularly 'fesses up to it's failures so I'm sure you'll excuse a bit of bragging regarding last week's unbridled success.

Four of my five selections came in, including the first and last goalscorers. As Jim Bowen used to say to unsuccessful contestants on Bullseye, here's what you could have won...

Alexis Sanchex (2.111/10), Luis Suarez (2.68/5), Loic Remy (5.79/2) and Thomas Muller (7.513/2) brought home the bacon and four £10 singles on that little lot would have returned winnings of £139, while an accumulator for the same stake would have won you £2334.15, just in time to do your Christmas shopping.

So we enter this week in high spirits and still hunting for the mythical five out of five. Let's begin in the Premier League with Everton's match against Stoke.

Romelu Lukaku have scored seven goals in eight games for Everton this season and has the best goals-per-minute ratio of any Premier League striker in 2013.

He faces a Stoke defence that have not kept an away clean sheet since August and have conceded ten goals in their last four away games. Lukaku looks extremely overpriced at 2.68/5 to find the net.

Another Merseyside-based played that is banging in the goals, is last week's successful pick Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has nine goals from seven appearances and today goes up against a Hull team that look as if they're on the slide.

After a bright start, Steve Bruce's side have now lost four of their last five and were defeated at home by Crystal Palace last week. Their chances of constraining Liverpool's SAS attack look limited, so back Suarez to score first at odds of 4.77/2.

Over to Italy now, where Juventus are back on top of Serie A. Crucial to their recent success has been the form of summer signing Fernando Llorente.

The Spanish striker has taken his time to win fitness after a period of inactivity at Athletic Bilbao last season, but finally the goals have begun to flow.

He's now scored in three of Juve's last four games and looked unstoppable in the 2-0 victory against Livorno last week, in which he scored the first and assisted the second.

This week he tests himself against a Udinese side that have lost six of their last ten games. Llorente should be available at around 2.35/4 nearer to kick-off.

For our last goalscorer pick we return to one of last week's success stories. Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez has often struggled during his time at the Nou Camp but he seems to be finally finding his feet.

Sanchez has eight goals in ten league games this season and has scored eight goals for Chile in 2013. Barcelona face tough opposition this week as they make a trip to Athletic Bilbao, who have only lost one game of their last seven. 

Yet those seven games have only seen two clean sheets and Barca are likely to help themselves to at least a couple. Back Sanchez of likely odds of around 7.06/1 to score the last goal.

Finally we go to Germany for Stuttgart's trip to Schalke. The main man for the visitors is Vedad Ibisevic. The striker has scored eight goals this season and has averaged over a goal every other game during his three seasons at the club.

That makes him look pretty tempting to score against the currently inconsistent Schalke at a likely price of 3.259/4.


Recommended Bets

Best Bet: Back Suarez to score first at 4.77/2
Back Lukaku to score at 2.68/5
Back Llorente to score at 2.35/4
Back Sanchez to score last at 7.06/1
Back Ibisevic at 3.259/4


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