The Goalscorer Gamble is back and Dan Fitch thinks that Cristiano Ronaldo is superb value in Real Madrid's match with Atletico...
'The central midfielder has scored four goals in his last five games and looks set to hit double figures for the season for the first time in his career."
These weeks after Christmas are bleak and not just because of the weather. I've yet to hit my peak Goalscorer Gamble form since returning from the winter break, as if the enormous amounts of food, booze and suppressed annoyance at various family members, has yet to clear my system.
Last week I only predicted one goalscorer correctly, though Harry Kane was at least available at an unusually large price. So this week I'm aiming once again to shake off the winter blues and get myself firmly back in the beautiful green seas of Betfair profit.
We start in the familiar waters of the Premier League with QPR's game against Southampton. Our success with Kane last week was built upon a striker's prince inflating after a period without scoring and this phenomenon and QPR's general uselessness, have combined to send Charlie Austin's price soaring.
Austin has only scored once in his last six games and that was from the penalty spot. Yet, he still has 13 goals in 19 games this season, which is a phenomenal record for a player in his first season in the top flight. He might be up against a mean Southampton defence, but the 5/23.5 on Austin to score is way too big to be ignored.
Another Premier League newbie who has hit the ground running is Burnley's Danny Ings. The England U-21 striker will see out the season with Burnley, despite constant transfer speculation during the January window.
His club will hope that the renewed certainty regarding Ings' future will focus his mind, after the player was substituted early in last week's defeat against Sunderland. This week Ings is up against West Brom at home and with Burley having scored twice in their last two home games, a punt on Ings at 5/16.0 to open the scoring.
If Ings and Austin are newcomers to football at the highest level, our next selection could not be more proven. Cristiano Ronaldo returns from suspension for Real Madrid in their crucial away trip to Atletico Madrid.
The miserly defence of Diego Simeone's team has propelled Ronaldo's price skywards but as we all know, the back four has yet to be invented that can contain the Portuguese. A player that has scored 36 goals in 31 games this season and has a total of 288 in 277 matches for Real Madrid is somehow available at 7/52.4 to find the net. You've probably just got time to get that house remortgaged.
From arguably the world's best player to one who might challenge for that role in the future. Paul Pogba may not be destined to play for Juventus for too much long but for now he's in a rich vein of goalscoring form.
The central midfielder has scored four goals in his last five games and looks set to hit double figures for the season for the first time in his career. Juventus and Pogba are this weekend up against an AC Milan side that have lost three of their last four games and conceded in each of their last eight games. Given the statistics, Pogba is worth a chance at first goalscorer at odds of 8/19.0.
Finally we head to the Bundesliga to conclude with Germany's top scorer this season. Alexander Meier has 13 league goals for Eintracht Frankfurt and was on a run of seven goals in six games before the winter break rudely interrupted his flow.
Meier has not scored in the two games since the Budesliga resumed but that might chance when his side faces Augsburg. The struggling side have conceded in six of their last seven games, which makes the price of 9/43.25 for Meier to hit the net a very tempting proposition.
Best Bet: Back Ronaldo to score at 7/52.4
Back Austin to score at 5/23.5
Back Ings to score first at 5/16.0
Back Pogba to score first at 8/19.0
Back Meier to score first at 9/43.25