1pt on Callum Wilson to score first for Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest (5/1 with Sky Bet – Bet Here!)

Those who have cast their eye over my ante-post season previews, will know I am fully invested in Callum Wilson scoring goals for Newcastle this campaign. I’m on him to win the Golden Boot at 33/1 and make the England World Cup squad at 6/1, so it won’t come as a surprise to read I’m playing him to score this weekend.

Wilson has a history of scoring goals early on in a campaign. In the last nine seasons when he has been fit enough to start a season (eight out of nine), Wilson has scored on average five goals in the first eight matchdays of that season.

Overall it works out at an average goals scored per 90 minutes of 0.6 in the first eight matchdays of a season. That compares to a 0.3 average in games over the course of the rest of the season. His body seems to peak after the pre-season period.

Wilson is certainly talking a good game, too. He said: “This season, I feel strong, I feel fit, I feel robust. It’s down to me now to prove those doubters wrong. I thrive off that.”

Everything points to him and Newcastle starting with a bang. He’ll be carrying my money this weekend in the first goalscorer market at 5/1 – the first of many, we hope.



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