On the face of it, Saturday looks like it could be a quiet day for goals with at least one team in each match in miserly form.
QPR are at home to Wigan but remain short of goal power up front. Meanwhile, Liverpool travel to the Reebok Stadium to face Bolton – the leakiest home defence in the Premier League – but without Luis Suarez can they be relied upon to find a way through even that back line?
Even so, it may come as a shock to read that strugglers Blackburn provide the best bet in the goal scorer market as they visit Everton on Saturday. Steve Kean’s side may be in a relegation battle but goals have been no problem – they have scored in every Premier League away game this season.
They have even led at half-time in their last four away trips and with Everton bottom of the half-time league at home there is value in picking a Blackburn man to score first.
In the absence of Yakubu, the 16/1 (17.0) with Bet365 for Mauro Formica to be the first goalscorer looks a good price for a player who was on target last time out against Fulham and bagged the first goal of the game versus Wolves on the opening day.
Speaking of Wolves, the Midlands side also provide value in the goal scorer markets – but to concede the first goal on this occasion. Wolves are the only team not to score in the opening 15 minutes of a game and have also conceded more than any other side in the league in the first quarter of an hour.
They are at home to Aston Villa on Saturday and former hero Robbie Keane, who is on a six-week loan, can be backed to score the first against them at 15/2 (8.5) with Bet365 which looks a large price given the frail Wolves back line.
Despite their miserable starts, Wolves have also clawed back the most points, 10, after their opponents scored first. This persistence makes them a decent bet in the last goalscorer market and with Steven Fletcher accounting for 39% of Wolves’ goals this season, he is a great price at 6/1 (7.0) with Bet365 to have the last say.
First Goalscorer – Mauro Formica at 16/1 (17.0) with Bet365
First Goalscorer – Robbie Keane at 15/2 (8.5) with Bet 365
Last Goalscorer – Steven Fletcher at 6/1 (7.0) with Bet365
Sign up with bet365 for a free bet of up to £200!
Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter