Bookmaker bet365 is offering all customers the chance to take out a little insurance on first goalscorer markets on any professional football match around the world and we've picked out our best first goalscorer tips for this weekend.
If your selected each-way first goalscorer fails to grab the opening goal of the game, but does manage to score later in the game, then bet365 will pay out at 1/3 odds for unlimited places.
How Does It Work?
Normally, you would back a player to score the first goal of the game. If he scored, your bet would win. If he did not the bet was lost. Well, bet365 has made that market a little bit more interesting with this each-way first goalscorer offer. You can back your selected player to score the first goal, but if your selection is not on target you have more chances to win for the remainder of the game – as long as he scores. This offer can be used to back the favourites of course, but it also makes backing an ‘outsider’ to break the deadlock more appealing.
For example, if you are wanting to bet on Manchester City v Burnley the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne would immediately spring to mind, but what about taking on an outsider to upstage them, only if for a few minutes? You could select Burnley forward Chris Wood to score the first goal of the game at odds of around 14/1 each-way. If you placed £5 each way on this market you would win £103.33 from your £10 stake if Wood got the opener, and if he failed to score first but netted later on in the game, bet365 would give you a pay-out of 1/3 of the odds. So, even if Wood failed to score first you would still have an opportunity to avoid a loss.
When making your selection, make sure you click on the each way (EW) box to take advantage of this offer, and it is also worth noting that there is an option to make the bet void if your selected player does not start the match. So what bet should you place this weekend? Read on for our selections…
BettingPro’s First Goalscorer Picks For June 19-20
Best Bet: Marcus Rashford – Tottenham v Man Utd (Friday 20:15 BST) @ 9/2
As you will know from our Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United tips preview and our selections for another First Goalscorer promotion, we are all over Marcus Rashford hitting the back of the net on Friday night. Rashford has been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks for his commendable efforts off the pitch, but on Friday night he will have the opportunity to make a statement on it by picking up from where he left off before the sudden shutdown. The Manchester United striker had scored 19 goals in his previous appearances for club and country, with two of them coming in the Red Devil’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in December. Rashford shone on that night and could shine again as United make a winning return to action to boost their top-four push.
Bold Prediction: James Maddison – Watford v Leicester (Saturday 12:30 BST) @ TBC
When it comes to potential Leicester City goalscorers it is difficult to look past Jamie Vardy, especially in the form that he has been in this season, but this Each-Way Goalscorer promotion offers the temptation to look for a bigger-priced selection and James Maddison could be the way to go here. Maddison is hardly a goal machine but six of his nine goals this season have come away from the King Power Stadium and he did hit the back of the net to wrap up Leicester’s win over Watford back in December. This makes him an appealing ‘bold prediction’ to break the deadlock when the Foxes and Hornets collide once again on Saturday.