Betting Special: Can Balotelli, Bale or Suarez continue their goalscoring form?
With several of the Premier League's big names finding the net during the International break, Jim Knight looks at the prices on offer for them to score this weekendMoney Back Special:
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Premier League club managers will welcome back their free-scoring strikers with open arms from International duty ahead of this weekend’s matches.
Champions Manchester City in particular will want to let last season’s top scorer Sergio Aguero loose again after the Argentine played twice and scored once for his country in the World Cup qualifiers.
City face West Brom at the Hawthorns and Aguero is 4/1 (5.0) to be the game’s first goalscorer or evens (2.0) to score at any time against Steve Clarke’s side in Paddy Power’s online betting.
These sides played out a 0-0 stalemate last season but Mario Balotelli scored twice before getting sent off in City's 2-0 win in the 2010/11 season.
Balotelli scored Italy’s third in the Azzurri’s 3-1 win over Denmark at the San Siro in a match-winning performance after strike partner Pablo Daniel Osvaldo saw red early in the second half.
With David Silva limping off after 12 minutes in Spain’s 1-1 draw with France, Balotelli may get his first Premier League start since having eye surgery last month.
Balotelli is 5/1 (6.0) to score the first goal with Paddy Power and 13/10 (2.30) to hit the net at anytime with Paddy Power.
Edin Dzeko was also on the score sheet for Boznia-Herzegovina, netting the second in his country’s 3-0 win over Lithuania and could give Roberto Mancini the kind of headache league managers dream about.
He’s 11/2 (6.50) to score first for Manchester City this weekend and 6/4 (2.50) to score at anytime with Paddy Power.
Luis Suarez’s goals have been carrying Liverpool in recent weeks and with Fabio Borini out for three months after fracturing his right foot in training with Italy’s Under 21 squad, the Uruguayan will have to do most of the heavy lifting again this weekend against Reading.
Suarez - together with Aguero - has clocked up some serious air miles on International duty but Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is in no position to rest his experienced striker for Saturday's clash.
The 25-year-old – who scored in his country’s 4-1 defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday – is 3/1 (4.0) to get the first goal at Anfield and 4/6 (1.67) to add to his tally of four Premier League goals tally anytime.
Gareth Bale’s double strike for Wales in the 2-1 win over Scotland will have pleased Andre Villas-Boas and Bale is 15/2 (8.50) to open the scoring as Spurs and Chelsea kick-off the weekend action in the live game on Saturday morning.
North London rivals Arsenal will welcome Olivier Giroud’s 90th minute equaliser against Spain for France in their 1-1 draw.
Giroud ended his Premier League goal drought with Arsenal’s equaliser in the 3-1 win over West Ham before the international break and is 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power to get the first goal when the Gunners visit Norwich for the late game on Saturday.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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