Football punters who love betting on first goalscorers will all have their favourite punts. You don’t have to be Poirot to work out that Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Robin van Persie are all popular choices each week to open the scoring in their respective games. But none of these three players has actually made it into the most profitable Premier League XI of the season so far.
Due to their nature of gobbling up goals like Neil Ruddock laps up hot dinners, Diego Costa and co. are very rarely available at juicy odds. So maybe it pays to look slightly afield if you fancy pocketing some profit for the rest of the season. These are the 10 players who have made the most money for punters this season, based on sticking £5 on them to score first every week.
Obviously if you were backing these lads to score first every week religiously you’d be likely to be sectioned, however you would have almost £1,500 in cash falling out of your pockets as the men in white coats drove you away.
Up top Wilfried Bony and Alexis Sanchez have both scored the opening goal in six of their matches for Swansea and Arsenal respectively. Incredibly bony finished the calendar year with more goals in the Premier League than anyone else (20) and his relentless goal-getting for Swansea would have returned a healthy 141 per cent profit if you’d stuck with him. Alexis Sanchez arrived in Arsenal in the summer as Arsene Wenger blew the cobwebs out of his wallet, and has returned that cash to punters with £90 profit for the season so far.
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In the middle of the park Yaya Toure is Manchester City’s only representative with three opening goals this season from 16 games. Alongside him Southampton’s Victor Wanyama is the top flight’s most profitable midfielder with £135 profit for punters after he opened the scoring away to Swansea and Hull at a decent price. Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli has five goals this season, and although just three of them have been the first of the game, that’s enough for him to make the side with a tidy £95 return. Finally Lee Cattermole makes an appearance courtesy of his one and only goal away to West Brom on the opening day of the season when he was a 33/1 shot.
At the back we’ve made Brede Hangelaand captain due to his phenomenal return of £305. He was a 50/1 shot when he opened the scoring away to Arsenal in August and then added to his tally by breaking the deadlock away to West Brom as well. That means you would be 381 per cent in profit if you’d stuck £5 on Hangelaand to score first every week – and there’s no chance you can make that kind of interest on your investment at any European bank.
West Brom’s Craig Dawson also has two opening goals to his name this season while Winston Reid’s opener after just 120 seconds against Liverpool is enough to get the West Ham man a place in our side. Manchester United’s only representative is Chris Smalling who has just one goal this season – when he was a 33/1 shot to break the deadlock at home to Hull towards the end of November.
Between the sticks incidentally, Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Lukasz Fabianski and Thibaut Courtois all tie on seven clean sheets so you can pick whoever you want in there to back each week. This will obviously change when we get a goal-scoring keeper. Personally I’m hoping Petr Cech moves to Sunderland in January and smacks in an overhead-kick form the edge of the box deep into stoppage time to cost Chelsea the title. Then he slides on his knees into Jose Mourinho’s technical area and slaps him with a kipper that he had been hiding under his headguard for the whole game. It’s a wonderful, wonderful pipe dream.
Clearly backing these 10 guys, week in week out is a profitable, but slightly insane way of punting. Rather what this shows is that with a bit of patience and a bit of luck, you could make a healthy bit of profit by looking past the obvious goalscorers each week. Bring on 2015.
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