Losing first scorer bets refunded if Bent sinks Manchester City
Unlike the majority of players at bottom-half teams, Aston Villa forward Darren Bent – 7/1 to score first – relishes playing against Manchester City having struck seven times in a dozen Premier League collisions with them.
In addition, the England international has fired winners for Sunderland and Villa in his last two home games against the title favourites, so Ladbrokes’ special offer for Sunday’s encounter, refunding stakes on all losing first scorer bets if Bent nets, is very generous.
It means that you have the option of backing Sergio Aguero – 15 goals in 21 Premier League starts – or Edin Dzeko – 12 in 14 – to break the deadlock at 3/1 or 4/1 respectively, safe in the knowledge that even if they fail, there’s a strong chance that you’ll get your money back.
If you quite fancy Villa to spring a surprise then you may prefer to back Robbie Keane to grab the opener at tasty odds of 8/1.