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Industry-best odds about Arsenal and Liverpool’s sharp shooters

| 23.08.2015

Ladbrokes’ new Sharp Shooter offer means first goalscorer odds doubled for any player that nets first and within the first 25 minutes of a Premier League game in front of the watching TV cameras*, with Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal next up on Sky Sports 1.

Punters who backed Reds striker Christian Benteke in the 1-0 win at home to Bournemouth only just missed out on multiplied money, as the Belgian opened his Anfield account with a contentious strike in the 26th minute.

He’s the shortest-priced visiting player to bag the opener at 13/2, but the smart bet must be Emirates hero Olivier Giroud at 9/2, after the French forward fired first a quarter of an hour into his side’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last time out.

Alongside this double-odds offer, Ladbrokes are now top price about Benteke scoring in a Liverpool win at 8/1 (from 6/1) and Alexis Sanchez troubling the scoreboard operators in a home triumph at 11/4 (from 2/1).

The big number nine has previous in this part of north London, having managed a couple of goals away to Arsenal on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, when helping old club Aston Villa to a 3-1 victory.

After finding the net in his new side’s triumph over the Cherries, the £32.5m man ranks as a sound wager to do so again at 8/1, but Chilean hotshot Alexis looks even better for the FA Cup winners.

The 26-year-old made a huge difference to Arsenal’s form on his return to the starting line-up against Palace, having come back late from his country’s successful Copa America tilt earlier this summer.

He can take a while to get going, but Alexis struck 14 times in 18 Arsenal matches between late August and early September last season. Backing him to open his account in a victory for the hosts looks value at 11/4.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.