5 Unlikely Goalscorer Bets to Watch This International Break - 12/11/21

Tammy Abraham (England) v Albania/San Marino

With usual goal machine Harry Kane out of sorts, and natural backup Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured, Gareth Southgate may be looking in the direction of Tammy Abraham to help secure England’s trip to Qatar next year.

After failing to nail down a place at both club and country last campaign, Abraham joined Roma for a club-record £36m making a strong start to life on the continent contributing to seven goals in 15 games with xG suggesting this should be closer to 10.

England are in a relatively unfamiliar position of still not being mathematically confirmed for the upcoming tournament come the final round of qualifying, needing to take points from at least one of the next two fixtures.

Victory at Wembley against a tough Albanian side would go a long way in securing this so Southgate will be hoping Abraham continues his fine form into the weekend and he is at the very least expected to play against San Marino.

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Jacob Brown (Scotland) v Moldova/Denmark

Until two weeks ago, the name Jacob Brown was likely unfamiliar to the majority of Scots, however, after a surprise inclusion in Stevie Clarke's squad for two crucial final games for the Tartan Army, fans will be eager to find out what Clarke sees in the forward.

Brown's strong start to the season has earned him a call up to the national team having scored five goals and assisting four times for Stoke City this season. Scotland face Moldova knowing a win would guarantee progression to the next stage of world cup qualification – something everyone in the squad is yet to experience.

Off the back of four consecutive wins, Scotland are considered heavy favourites, however mainstay Lyndon Dykes is suspended leaving a striker spot open in Clarkes favoured 3-5-2 formation. With Che Adams almost certainly starting, the final name on the team sheet is between Brown and Kevin Nisbet, however, Clarke doesn’t appear to be a fan of Nisbet offering very limited minutes so far in his international career leaving many Scots hoping Brown may provide a much-needed goal this weekend.

Brown and co. also clash with Denmark on Monday, but given their unbeaten form in these group stages, he may not even start. Against Moldova, however, he's on course to do so.

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Lukas Nchema (Germany) v Armenia

Germany enter the final two games of Group J as one of two sides to have mathematically secured top spot - the other being Denmark. This, alongside injuries in the attacking end of the pitch, means Wolfsburg striker Lukas Nmecha looks poised to make his international debut this weekend.

Having joined Wolfsburg from Manchester City in the summer, Nmecha has netted four times this season despite only appearing in just over half the available minutes. With Chelsea duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both unavailable, Hansi Flick may take this opportunity to give minutes to or even start Nmecha as at only 22, he may be the long-term number nine Germany have lacked since World Cup record goalscorer Miroslav Klose retired.

Germany also recently smashed Liechtenstein 9-0 where Nchema came on towards the end of the game, but he didn't score.

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Leandro Trossard (Belgium) v Estonia/Wales

Fast becoming a household name in English football, Leandro Trossard has helped Brighton to their best-ever start to a top-flight campaign scoring three times and assisting once. Trossard has been a regular in the national setup since late 2020, however, he has struggled for regular minutes with Belgium’s so-called 'golden generation' and a certain Eden Hazard always being picked ahead of him.

On the two occasions Trossard has played 90 minutes, he can boast the record of two goals and an assist and with Group E’s remaining games being all but a formality for the Red Devils, Roberto Martinez may look to give minutes to the next generation of Belgian talent.

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Moussa Diaby (France) v Kazakhstan/Finland

Still looking for his first goal for France, Bayern Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby may be awarded some well-earned international game time. Domestically, Diaby is on track to have his best goalscoring season netting four times in 10 games – only one short of his previous best in the 19/20 campaign.

The Frenchman made his international debut earlier this year however only played a cumulative 30 minutes as the French drew 1-1 against both Bosnia and Ukraine. The reigning world champions currently sit three points clear at the top of Group D with a game in hand on second-placed Ukraine. Les Bleus welcome a struggling Kazakhstan side who have only picked up three points from seven games sitting bottom of the group.

With qualification and top seed all but confirmed, Didier Deschamps may take this opportunity to blood new players into the squad with this being an ideal chance for Diaby to score what is most likely a very sought-after first goal for his country.

World Cup Qualifiers Predictions: Goalscorers