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Value to be found in Cisse outscoring his QPR teammates

| 13.08.2012

Djibril Cisse had a more than eventful half-season at QPR last season, after joining from Lazio for an undisclosed fee in January.

Sent off twice in eight games for the club, Cisse also scored six times, making the 2/1 about him top scoring for the Rs this term look a terrific bet.

Only penalty taker Heidar Helguson and Jamie Mackie scored more Hoops goals during the last campaign, with Cisse falling just two goals short of top scorer Helguson.

The fact that Helguson racked up his tally with the benefit of 11 more games than Cisse would also seem to bode well for the aforementioned bet this term.

It is worth noting too that the last time Cisse spent a full season in the Premier League, he outscored his teammates, when notching 10 times during Sunderland’s 2008/2009 campaign.

He then went on to top score in both of his years at next permanent club Panathinaikos, when he bagged in excess of 40 league goals across two seasons.

Such exploits earned Cisse hero status in Greece, and he currently enjoys a similar reputation at Loftus Road, after his goals essentially clinched QPR’s Premier League survival last year.

The 30-year-old is sure to be a regular starter in the coming season, and if he can improve his discipline, an even healthier goals-to-game ratio could result for the striker.

Among the teammates vying to outscore Cisse meanwhile, Bobby Zamora will need to improve on his exploits of last season to justify 3/1 odds.

Ex-Fulham striker Zamora found the net just twice after signing for QPR in January, and, not renowned as a natural goalscorer, looks worth avoiding in this market.

Andrew Johnson looks the main danger at 5/1, though he has traditionally performed better in other competitions rather than the league recently.

This has been proved by consecutive league tallies of just three strikes, and so Cisse looks far and away the best option to top score for the Rs this season.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee