31st Mar 2018 | Premier League

Born Again Christian?

Benteke has had a bad season but being dropped by Belgium and then facing his former club will provide a double slice of motivation.

On the face of it backing Christian Benteke to score looks like a fool’s errand this season but there are a couple of reasons why it becomes a solid value proposition on Saturday afternoon - he is a best price 7/2 with Bet365 in the anytime market.

The Palace striker has endured a miserable campaign culminating in his omission from the most recent Belgium squad. That sparked his most energetic performance of the season in the 2-0 win at Huddersfield last time out and although he didn’t score he was knocking loudly at the door again.

Roberto Martinez has laid down the gauntlet to the 27-year-old and it might just be what Eagles fans needed to happen.

Benteke already has a reputation for causing carnage against Liverpool having netted 6 times in 8 top flight outings against his former club. With many of Hodgson’s creators returning to fitness, the former Villa man may just get the supply line he needs in the run-in.

1pt Anytime Goalscorer: Christian Benteke 7/2 with Bet365
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 07:30 31st Mar, 2018 but subject to change