The Goalscorer Gamble: Toure will lead City towards title

Can Manchester City's Yaya Toure break the 20 goal barrier when he faces Everton today?
Can Manchester City's Yaya Toure break the 20 goal barrier when he faces Everton today?
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Flush with recent success, Dan Fitch returns with five more goalscorer tips and is backing Yaya Toure to blast Manchester City towards a Premier League title...

"It’s been a disappointing campaign but Balotelli has still scored 30 goals in 50 career appearances for Milan, which is by far the most prolific he’s been at any club."

Back him at a likely price of 2.56/4 to score


The Goalscorer Gamble was back in serious profit last weekend as Wilfried Bony and Marco Reus hit the net, while Wayne Rooney scored the opening goal for Manchester United.

A £10 treble on them would have returned a profit of £296.66. Not bad, but still not enough to book that flight to Mexico to flee my responsibilities. So with our sombreros at the ready, let's see if we can go at least one better this week.

We start in the Premier League for Arsenal's match with West Brom. A win would guarantee the Gunners a place in the Champions League next season and at home against a Baggies side that have probably done just enough to stay up, you'd expect Arsene Wenger's team to deliver.

One man who had been delivering regularly for Arsenal of late is Lukas Podolski. He's hit 12 goals in 23 games in an injury hit season, with four of those goals coming in the last three games. Let's back him to continue that run at likely odds of 2.255/4.

They might currently be just one place above Arsenal but Manchester City have control of their own destiny in the title race. Win all three of their remaining games and Manuel Pellegrini's side will reclaim the Premier League title that they lost to Manchester United last season.

The man that's been most instrumental in City's success this season is undoubtedly Yaya Toure. With 19 goals in 32 league games, the Ivorian is City's top scorer this season and is honing in on breaking the 20 barrier.

With one more goal Toure would become only the second central midfielder to score 20+ Premier League goals in a season. With the title in sight, Manchester City's driving force is excellent value at 8.07/1 to score the first goal in their match against Everton today.

If Toure is the man most responsible for Manchester City's challenge for the title this season, then over in Spain it's Diego Costa that's kept Atletico Madrid at the top of the league.

We backed the Spanish international to score the last goal a week ago and though he failed to deliver, he was back amongst the goals as he helped Atletico reach the Champions League final at the expense of Chelsea. 

That took his total to 36 goals in 49 games and he'll be looking to add to it against Levante, as his side try to wrap up the title. Back Costa to be on target again at a likely price of 1.855/6.

Over in France one of the season's biggest fixtures takes place as Marseille play host to Lyon. Only one place separates the two sides and a win for Marseille could take them to within two points of fifth-placed Lyon.

Yet the visitors may have the advantage in the form of Alexandre Lacazette. The 22-year old French international is the league's fourth top scorer this season with 15 goals - just one behind the decidedly more celebrated Edison Cavani.

Lacazette has scored two goals in his last three games, both of which were the last goal of the match. Let's take a chance on him at likely odds of 7.513/2 to score the last goal.

Our featured game in France might have a hint of local rivalry but it's got nothing on AC Milan's game with Inter at the San Siro. It's Inter that have been in the better shape this season and a win would guarantee their involvement in Europe next season.

Yet that knowledge puts Inter under more pressure than their rivals, who have been enjoying their mid-table anonymity of late. After a torrid season, Clarence Seedorf's side have recently started to pick up some decent results, winning five games on the run before losing to second-placed Roma last weekend.

That revival has seen Mario Balotelli begin to rediscover his touch in front of goal, scoring four times in the last eight games. It's been a disappointing campaign but Balotelli has still scored 30 goals in 50 career appearances for Milan, which is by far the most prolific he's been at any club. Back him to rise to the big occasion at a likely price of 2.56/4.


Recommended Bets

Best Bet: Back Toure to score first at 8.07/1
Back Podolski to score at 2.255/4
Back Costa to score at 1.855/6
Back Lacazette to score at 7.513/2 to score last
Back Balotelli to score at 2.56/4


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