West Ham Carlton Cole goal would put a smile on punter’s faces

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With a wide array of new arrivals and attacking options, and goals often spread throughout the West Ham team, it is a testament to Carlton Cole’s goalscoring ability that he remains 7/2 joint-favourite to score first against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Cole is the Hammers’ top goalscorer, with nine strikes to his name, all of which have come in Championship competition, and the former England striker will undoubtedly pose problems to a Palace backline that ships the majority of its goals on the road.

Money will be refunded on losing first goalscorer bets if Cole scores at any time, and so it may be worth paying attention to new Upton Park signings to notch first.

Recent arrivals Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te each got off the mark in claret and blue in a midweek win away to Blackpool, and Maynard is 7/2 joint-favourite to get the opener here, while Vaz Te is priced at 4/1 to score first in front of his home fans.

Highly regarded Wilfried Zaha looks the visitor’s main threat meanwhile, and the pacy striker is 8/1 to break the deadlock.

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