Who will win the Premier League Golden Boot?
August 24, 2015
The Premier League season is still in its infancy but already there is a clamour of wagers concerning the identity of this seasons’ top scorer in the EPL. Despite a relatively quiet opening weekend, many of the usual suspects continue to dominate the betting and it is likely that a familiar name with one of the EPL’s leading clubs will lift the Golden Boot come May.
With the quest for this prestigious award well underway, the team at Bethut has compiled a shortlist of likely candidates. These are: –
Christian Benteke (Liverpool)
Cristian Benteke was the darling of the Holte End during his time at Aston Villa, having plundered 42 goals in just 88 appearances with the club. He achieved this while playing in struggling teams, so it makes sense that his move to Liverpool has encouraged many to tip the imposing Belgian for Golden Boot success. Paddy Power has lowered its odds from 20/1 to 14/1 amid heavy backing for Benteke, with 23% of the money in this market heading his way. Although the striker drew a blank in his first outing at Stoke City on the opening weekend, next weeks’ home clash with newly promoted Bournemouth offers the ideal opportunity for him to open his account for the new season.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
A similar weight of cash has been wagered on Manchester United hitman Wayne Rooney, and there are strong reasons for this outlay. The talented forward has always flourished during stints as a lone striker, having plundered 68 goals in just 77 appearances during the two seasons in which he has been the club’s premier number nine. A lack of firepower at the club means that Rooney is certain to feature almost exclusively in this role throughout the season, providing him with plenty of opportunity to win the race for the Golden Boot.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
While prolific forwards Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao are also popular in the betting stakes, persistent injuries and a lack of game-time means that these options offer minimal value. The same cannot be said for the talented Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who struck 16 goals in 35 appearances during his debut season and has been backed with 9% of the money in this market. Once has recovered from the minor injury he has at present, he has the ability to score at a goal a game this season and remains a viable outsider for the Golden Boot trophy.