Mutch ado about Jordon

Sky Bet's Dale Tempest brings you his thoughts on the weekend's action and is keen on playing some first goalscorer markets.

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Jordan Mutch: Tremendous composure against Chelsea last week

Jordan Mutch: Tremendous composure against Chelsea last week

Sky Bet's Dale Tempest brings you his thoughts on this weekend's football and is keen on some first goalscorer markets.

Former professional footballer Dale Tempest now makes regular television appearances in his role as Sky Bet's public relations director.

Fulham, Huddersfield and Colchester were among his clubs during a 16-year career so he knows exactly how the game is played.

These days in his role at Sky Bet - you may have seen him on Sky Sports News - he's very much got his finger on the pulse of the markets as both a punter and a bookie.

His regular Friday column explores the mindset of the bookies and highlights the best bets for the weekend's action.

Here is his take on this weekend's action as he suggests some ideas for first goalscorers in the Premier League.

Norwich v Cardiff - Jordon Mutch to score first at 16/1

This week I would like to look at games where one team does not have an obvious striker and an opportunity jumps off the page in the first goalscorer market.

Look at Norwich. I could not tell you who would be their likely first goalscorer and most fans looking at the team's line-up would be in the same boat.

Whenever you get a team like that, there is huge value to be found as you are dismissing one side of the book and focusing on the other.

Such an opportunity is in this game and the person who really stands out at the prices is Jordon Mutch.

He scored one of the probable contenders for goal of the season against Fulham in the last minute and last week at Chelsea he showed great composure when gifted a chance by David Luiz.

At 16/1 in such an open game when the home side offer no obvious goal threat, that looks a big price.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Santi Cazorla to score first at 13/2

It is a similar view at Selhurst Park and it would be tough for even Palace fans to decide who would be their first goalscorer.

Once again I am going to dismiss half the field and concentrate on where we will get some value from Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud is in great form but tends to save most of his goals for the Emirates while Aaron Ramsey has been the main man to get goals from the midfield.

But the standout price for me is Santi Cazorla at 13/2 as he was influential in a lot of Arsenal's creativity last week against Norwich and it only took him seconds to clip the bar in the Dortmund match after coming off the bench.

At the prices, he offers great value.

Liverpool v West Brom - Steven Gerrard to score first at 13/2

Another angle for punters when considering first goalscorers is the penalty taker.

Jon Moss has awarded more penalties then any other referee this season - three - and he is in charge at Anfield.

We all know who the best player is at winning spot-kicks by making contact with defenders - even when they are trying to avoid him!

With Luis Suarez in the team, I think that Steven Gerrard - on spot-kick duty again like Newcastle last week - at 13/2 once again offers another chance at a potentially bigger price to the Uruguayan and also Daniel Sturridge.


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