The Premier League Top Scorer betting brings together some players who have proven their talents in the Premier league already on more than one occasion, players who may do better at their second attempt, and a few debutants who could take to it like a duck to water.
Meanwhile, the last 7 leading scorers have hailed from Manchester United (2), Tottenham (2), Arsenal (1), Manchester City (1) and Liverpool (1), so it may pay to concentrate on the players with the top teams. However, we’ll also take a look at a couple of possible outsiders.
Harry Kane 10/3
Kane bids to become just the third player to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot Award for three years in succession, following Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer, and it’s easy to see why he’s favourite to do so. He scored 21 goals when the second-highest scorer in 2014/15, and has improved that tally twice by scoring 25 in 2015/16, and 29 in 2016/17. Even more impressive is the fact he scored those 29 goals last season in just 30 games, and he looks sure to continue to take the penalties. However, Tottenham must play their home games at Wembley this season, and that doesn’t seem to be reflected in his price.
Romelu Lukaku 4/1
The Belgian hitman hasn’t been quite as prolific as Kane, but he has scored 18 and 25 goals in the last 2 seasons to finish in the first four. He also has the potential to improve further after moving to Manchester United, where he looks sure to play a big part as he fits the typical profile of a Jose Mourinho Premier League Striker. He’s also excellent at punishing the poorer teams, and should score plenty if he stays injury free.
Sergio Aguero 7/1
The Manchester City forward is a model of consistency, and his 20 goals last season came despite warming the bench on several occasions. He also topped the charts in 2104/15 with 26 goals, and finished second to Kane with 24 goals in 2015/16. Would look an each-way certainty if he was guaranteed to play, but it remains to be seen as to whether a fully-fit Gabriel Jesus is Guardiola’s number-one striker.
Gabriel Jesus 9/1
The Brazilian took to the Premier League instantly last season and, though it’s impossible to know if he would have maintained his form of scoring every 103 minutes, the gut-feeling is he just loves playing football, and has immense talent. Whether he will play enough games to be leading scorer is a bit of an unknown, but he looks decent value at 9/1 with Manchester City favourites to win the Premier League.
Alvaro Morata 10/1
Chelsea’s new hitman could yet be a superstar in the Premier League, but has his work cut out to prove he’s better than Diego Costa, who would have landed the each-way money twice in the last three seasons.
Alexandre Lacazette 12/1
The new Arsenal striker has bagged 76 goals in his last 3 seasons, at a rate of a goal every 155 minutes. His chances would probably improve if Sanchez leaves Arsenal, but it’s asking a lot of him to become the first foreign player to top the Premier League scoring charts in his first season.
Jamie Vardy (40/1) missed out by one in 2015/16 with 24 goals and, despite a very slow start, he still netted 13 times last season. Leicester also finished the season strongly last season, and it would be no surprise if Vardy at least made the each-way places. Meanwhile, Jermaine Defoe (66/1) might only have to improve his 15-goal tally from the last two seasons by a few to hit the frame, and he looks sure to lead the line at Bournemouth.
Harry Kane is passed over with the doubt about his ability to match last season’s tally now Tottenham will play their home matches at Wembley, but Lukaku has the look of an each-way certainty now he’s at Manchester United. Gabriel Jesus also looks warrants each-way support in what could be a massive season for him and Manchester City, as does Jamie Vardy who could easily hit the frame.