Premier League: Arsenal forward still has something left to play for

Alexis Sanchez has scored 24 goals in all competitions in his first season at Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez has scored 24 goals in all competitions in his first season at Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez is engaged in a shootout with Charlie Austin in one of Betfair's markets as the final minutes of the Premier League season tick by...

"Arsenal finish off at home to bottom-half duo Sunderland and West Brom. They put four past the Black Cats at the Emirates last season, while Alexis notched twice against them at the Stadium of Light in October."
Recommended Bet: Back Alexis Sanchez to be one of the Premier League’s top four goalscorers @ 1.84/5

Sky Sports will try to assert otherwise, but this isn't likely to be a classic Premier League final day: the title destination is known, the Champions League spots are full, two relegation trapdoors have been opened and Sergio Aguero is already sizing up which sock will be a good fit for his Golden Boot.

Thankfully, Betfair have so many markets that there is still plenty left to unfold which is of betting relevance, even if the majority of the accolades which remain unassigned aren't cloaked in prestige.

One such saga is who will complete the leading quartet in the top goalscorer standings. Aguero (25), Harry Kane (20) and Diego Costa (19) are fairly secure in their top-four berths, with Charlie Austin (17) or Alexis Sanchez (16) most likely to join them. Everyone else in the division has 14 goals or less.

If you need to inject a bit of grandeur to pique your interest then consider this: whichever of Austin or Alexis delivers will be just the fourth man in six years to crack the top four in their debut Premier League campaign, following Aguero in 2011/12, Christian Benteke in 2012/13 and Costa this term.

The Arsenal challenger is the more appealing bet at 1.84/5 in this writer's view because he has two more games with which to enhance his tally compared to Austin and QPR's one, and their fixtures are more favourable too.

The Gunners finish off at home to bottom-half duo Sunderland and West Brom. They put four past the Black Cats at the Emirates last season, while Alexis notched twice against them at the Stadium of Light in October, and Tony Pulis-managed sides have shipped 13 goals in six prior trips to Arsenal.

By contrast, the Premier League's worst travellers QPR bid the top flight farewell away to the club that have collected more points than any other since the start of April (19 in eight matches): Leicester. Chelsea are the only one of the Foxes' past six opponents to have scored against them.

The Chilean also heads into the final week in better form than the player who rose from non-league, striking five times in seven appearances whereas Austin hasn't netted in five.

Dead heat rules apply in the market so, even if Alexis only gains one goal on his rival, you will see some return.

Recommended Bet: Back Alexis Sanchez to be one of the Premier League's top four goalscorers @ 1.84/5

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