Although the football season is still in its relative infancy, the Premier League table is already beginning to take shape, with the usual suspects all in the mix towards the top of the table and a few of the stragglers already looking set for a season-long battle against the drop.
As well as having a punt on individual games and betting on teams for the title and relegation, there’s never been a greater variety of Premier League bets available and with a myriad of free bets available too, you can even have a punt courtesy of the bookies. If you’re uncertain as to how they work, you can learn more here on this guide for Premier League free bets.
Whether using your own cash or a free bet, one of the most popular long-term markets for Premier League betting is that of predicting the Top Goalscorer (a.k.a. Golden Boot).
The reality is that the winner of the Golden Boot is likely to come from one of the leading title contenders. Not only do these teams, unsurprisingly, tend to score the most goals, but there also appears to be a growing void between the top half-a-dozen or so teams and the rest given some of the early season scores we’ve seen.
History is certainly a useful guide when it comes to picking a winner. Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot in each of the last two seasons, having finished runner-up to Sergio Aguero in 2014-15, so he certainly has the requisite pedigree.
After his customary slow start in August, Harry Kane was soon finding the back of the net again and based on current form, the fact that he takes penalties and that he is just about a certain starter when fit, he’s a worthy favourite at a best price of around 2-1 (3.00) as things stand.
At present, the other leading contenders would appear to be Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Alvaro Morata and, perhaps, Alexandre Lacazette.
Lukaku proved his worth at Everton and has had little trouble adapting since moving to Old Trafford over the summer. With seven goals to his name, he currently leads the way, but Jose Mourinho could well be tempted to use Zlatan Ibrahimovic for certain league games once the Swedish legend returns to fitness if the Red Devils are challenging on several fronts.
Manchester City are currently rattling home Premier League goals at a heady rate of 3.625 goals per game and they have three players with a Minutes per Goal average of 80 or less. That’s hugely impressive. However, there is so much attacking talent at
Pep Guardiola’s disposal that backing any City player to be top goalscorer is a risky business, with nobody having a guaranteed starting berth and rotation being commonplace.
Injuries can always be a factor in individual markets, so that’s a factor that should certainly be taken into account when contemplating stakes for such football bets.