Losing first scorer bets will be refunded if Yakubu stays on goal trail


Undoubtedly one of the signings of the season, Yakubu’s 14 goals since his deadline day move from Everton make him look massive at 14/1 to score first on Saturday, even away to league leaders Manchester City.

Some 13 of his strikes have come in just 17 Premier League starts, and the penalty specialist will be desperate to continue scoring as a key component of a Blackburn side fighting for their lives to stave off the threat of relegation.

Far from a flat-track bully, Yakubu’s hauls include a hat-trick away to Manchester United at Old Trafford, along with a brace at home to Arsenal, and so his ability to punish bigger sides is apparent.

City pose a wide range of attacking threats themselves, and Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli are 5/2 joint-favourites to score first, which may interest punters as Aguero in particular looks to be nearing his best form again.

Edin Dzeko is 3/1, while winger Adam Johnson always poses a threat from out wide, and could get the opener at 7/1.