Premier League: The early race for the Golden Boot

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The start to this season’s Premier League has been an exciting one. So far we have seen plenty of early surprises and an abundance of goals – 145 in fact. Liverpool are the only side to boast a 100% record and there are already five points separating them from Manchester City in second. Of the newly promoted sides, Norwich City have fared best, with two wins from their opening five games and as we take a look at some of the early contenders for this season’s Golden Boot, we begin with Carrow Road’s main man.

Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

The Canaries’ Finnish star fired them to the Premier League last season, with 29 goals in the Championship and his rich vein of form has certainly continued this campaign. Scoring Norwich’s third goal in their shock 3-2 win over the current champions, Manchester City at the weekend, Pukki has netted six goals so far. Averaging at a goal every 74 minutes, he’s also turned provider for two of Norwich’s goals. This return sees the club sit in 13th after five games. Pukki may be a mere 13/1 for the Premier League Golden Boot, but there’s no denying he’s got what it takes in the top-flight. If you agree, find all the latest Premier League odds, including top scorer, here:

Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)

Another Championship star from last season, Abraham spent the campaign on-loan at Aston Villa from parent club, Chelsea. He set the second-tier of English football alight with his pace, trickery and goalscoring prowess. Scoring 26 league goals to cement Villa’s place in the play-offs and then earn them a place in the final. Abraham has thus far proved his worth amongst the elite. A hat-trick (and unfortunate own goal) at the weekend in Chelsea’s 5-2 demolition of Wolverhampton Wanderers sees Abraham on seven for the season – taking just 47 minutes to score each goal.

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)

Every season, Manchester City’s Argentine striker Agüero is there-or-thereabouts for the Golden Boot and this campaign is no different. He currently shares his place at the top of the table with Abraham, having scored seven goals. Agüero is also averaging at a goal every 51 minutes. He’s broken plenty of records during his time at the Etihad and just last weekend, joined an exclusive goalscoring club in becoming the third player to score in each of the first five games of a Premier League season. With 171 goals to his name, Agüero is sixth in the all-time Premier League goal standings – and should he score this weekend at the Etihad, he’ll make it a century of home league goals.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Last season’s joint Golden Boot winner has continued with a good start to this campaign. Arsenal have started (reasonably) brightly. They have two wins and two draws from their opening handful of games, but should the goals from Aubameyang continue. It will undoubtedly fire them up the table. A brace at the weekend gave the Gunners a two-goal lead, which they eventually gave away to Watford – and the Gabonese International wasn’t scared of being critical of his fellow players, post-match. Last season, Aubameyang netted 22 league goals. If he continues his average of a goal every 90 minutes this season, he will surpass that tally with ease.

Thomas Muller New Favourite To Be World Cup Top GoalScorer

After his hat-trick against Portugal yesterday, Thomas Muller (3 goals) is now the new outright favourite to be top goalscorer at the 2014 World Cup.

Muller has leaped over Neymar and Messi in both odds and the goalscorer charts, and is now a best price of 4/1 with 888Sport to top the goalscoring charts for the second World Cup running.

This is what makes Muller such good value. He has pedigree when it comes to scoring at World Cups, having won the Golden Boot in South Africa four years ago.

He was actually joint top scorer with 5 goals (alongside David Villa, Diego Forlan and Wesley Sneijder) in 2010, but was awarded the Golden Boot because he had more assists. This is something to bear in mind when betting on Top Goalscorer OR Golden Boot winner.

To explain more, the Golden Boot can’t be shared, if players end up on the same amount of goals, a tie-break policy is used, where assists are taken into account. If that is level, more tie-breaks are used until a winner is established. So check to see if you are betting on Top Goalscorer or Golden Boot when placing bets.

Back to the Top Goalscorer betting odds, and Neymar (2 goals) is second behind Muller at 11/2 (again with 888Sport), Messi (1 goal) is next best at odds of 15/2 with 888Sport, and Robin van Persie (2 goals) is 8/1 with bet365 (£200 Welcome Bonus).

Each-way bets on these are paid out at 1/4 of the odds for a top 4 finish.

Forlan cut for Golden Boot

Diego Forlan’s two goals against South Africa have seen him cut to a best price of 12/1 with Paddy Power to win the golden boot, most other firms have him around the 9/1, 10/1 mark.

Messi is still the joint favourite at 9/1 with Paddy Power, along with David Villa at 9/1 with Totesport, they are both followed by Germany’s Miroslav Klose at 11/1 withPaddy Power.

Selected Others

Wayne Rooney is 14/1 with Totesport
Robin Van Persie is 14/1 with Stan James
Fernando Torres is 18/1 with Paddy Power
Ronaldo is 25/1 with Bet365, Totesport, Skybet, 888 Sport, Blue Sq, Paddy Power and Stan James

And one I like the look of is Gonzalo Higuain who is 25/1 with Paddy Power and William Hill