By Josh Powell | Trader insight
Paddy Power has got his eyes on the US Masters this weekend but there is a quality weekend of Premier League action to look forward to as well, and if that wasn’t spicy enough, both FA Cup semi-finals.
While Paddy tears his hair out watching Rory McIlroy miss another putt for par we’ve taken the opportunity to look through the books at the five best backed players to score first this weekend.
1. Luis Suarez 13/5
Luis Suarez making the top of this list is as predictable as Justin Bieber churning out more ear-bleeding records. The Liverpool striker has 22 goals this season and tops the leading goalscorer chart ahead of his trip to the Madjeski Stadium. It has been three games since Suarez found the back of the net but punters are crashing in on him to score first against a Reading side who have the worst defensive record in the top flight. The relegation-doomed side are leakier than a second-hand sieve and Paddy Power will be left emptying his pockets if Suarez nets first.
2. Papiss Cisse 9/2
The Newcastle striker has rediscovered his form and Paddy Power punters aren’t slow in catching on. The Magpies’ number nine has five goals in his last seven games and scored in Newcastle’s last three consecutive matches. New Sunderland managers have a tremendously crap record in their first Tyne-Wear derby and Papiss Cisse will be one of the main men trying to take advantage.
3. Robin van Persie 7/2
Robin van Persie has now gone almost 12 hours without scoring. It’s a record the likes of which hasn’t been seen around Manchester since Phil Neville was trying to get his mooch on in The Birdcage. That doesn’t seem to be phasing many punters though who are still happy to back him against a struggling Stoke side. Paddy Power seemed quite smug about laying the Dutchman until he discovered RVP has scored eight times in seven appearances against The Potters.
4. Christian Benteke 4/1
Despite Aston Villa’s worrying position in the table this is a sensible bet from punters. Paul Lambert’s side have won three of the last four league games and Benteke has found the back of the net in each of the last four matches. Crisis? What crisis? Fulham are as reliable on the road as your mates 1997 Nissan Micra and Villa can crawl even closer to safety with a win on Saturday. Benteke has been well backed to take advantage at Paddy’s expense.
5. Danny Shittu 33/1
We’ve got a feeling a few punters have had a few too many pints of the good stuff this week after seeing a considerable whack of cash for Danny Shittu. It’s one of those things we’d throw in as a joke in other articles but you couldn’t make this one up. He might not have a league goal in over five years but the 32-year-old centre-back has two goals in three FA Cup games for Millwall this season. He is prolific! It would be incredible if the big man could head his team in front on Sunday, and at 33/1 Paddy will have to cancel that trip to Augusta.