Will Haaland score this weekend? – Hatters vulnerable to Viking spirit

Will Haaland score this weekend? The Norweigan goalscoring machine has had a frustrating couple of games, missing several big chances in the draw against Tottenham and a couple more in the loss to Aston Villa. Will Luton Town face the wrath of the 23-year-old on Sunday?

Every time Erling Haaland goes a couple of games without a goal, question marks are raised about whether the striker has been “found out”. The fact that a two-game blank is considered a crisis for Haaland tells you all you need to know about the levels that he has been performing at.

Will Haaland score this weekend
Will Haaland score this weekend? – Photo by Icon sport

Will Haaland score this weekend? – Latest news

Haaland escapes ban

At the end of Manchester City's game with Tottenham last weekend, Haaland's through ball to Jack Grealish was brought back for a foul despite much to the rage of the Norweigan striker and his teammates. Haaland confronted Simon Hooper about the decision but took things one step further when he brought the issue up on social media.

Quoting a video of the incident, Haaland seemingly posted “WTF” to illustrate his dismay at the decision. Although Manchester City were charged for failing to control their players at the end of the match, Haaland escaped any additional punishment for his social media post. As a result, he will lead the line for the Blues against Luton Town which leaves one remaining question – Will Haaland score this weekend?

Haaland's record after a blank

It's not often that Haaland blanks but when he does his record in the next match is usually emphatic. This is perhaps one of the reasons that two goals without a goal seem like such a big deal for the man who netted 52 goals in City's treble-winning campaign last season. Haaland's record in the game following his last five blanks:

  • Aston Villa 1-0 Man City – No goal
  • Man City 1-0 Liverpool – One goal
  • Man City 3-0 Young Boys – Two goals
  • Man City 1-0 Brighton – One goal
  • Cyprus 0-4 Norway – Two goals
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Can Haaland bounce back after failing to score against Aston VIlla? – Photo by Icon sport

Will Haaland score this weekend? – Betting tips and odds

Due to how prolific Erling Haaland is, it's rarely worth backing him to score at any time if significant profits are the target. However, there are more interesting ways to back him against Luton Town

Erling Haaland to score first vs Luton – 9/4

Manchester City will more than likely be raring to go for this one after a disappointing week. They were dismal against Aston Vila on Wednesday night but the returns of Rodri, Grealish and Doku should breathe more life into the team. Haaland has scored the first goal in four of City's last seven matches so it would hardly be a shock if he produced the good again here.

A penalty scored in the match – 13/8

Haaland's goal tally this season has been supplemented by penalties and another one here wouldn't be a surprise given Man City are expected to spend large parts of the game in the Luton penalty area. Four of Haaland's last ten goals for the Blues have been from the spot and his conversion rate is excellent. The beauty of this bet is that you are also covered if Luton scores a penalty at the other end.

Erling Haaland to score 2+ goals – 7/2

Looking at Haaland's record after a blank, the Norweigan will be hungry for goals on Sunday so backing him to score a brace or more makes sense. He has scored two goals on three occasions in a match immediately after a blank while he has already scored 2+ goals in a match on seven occasions for club and country so far this season.

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Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.