The Spaniard’s brace against Norwich followed another two-timer at the Emirates Stadium and this bargain of the season now has twelve goals to his name. Michael Laudrup is playing him in an advanced role and the player’s odds have now tumbled to 12/1 (Paddy Power free bets) having been 100/1 at the start of the campaign.
There are several players breathing down Michu’s neck and that includes Robin van Persie who has continued where left off last season and that dramatic winner at the Etihad Stadium means the Dutchman has a healthy return of eleven goals.
RVP is the striker that all the bookies fear in this market despite the fact that he doesn’t take penalties for Manchester United and he can be backed at a best price 7/4 (William Hill bookmaker) to top the scoring charts for the second season running.
His team-mate Wayne Rooney has joined the Golden Boot race recently with braces against Reading and City, with the England man still playing catch-up but a healthy goal return during the festive period could see him right in the mix and the Red Devil is 16/1 to finally win a Premier League Golden Boot.
Liverpool proved at West Ham that they could win without Luis Suarez although there’s no danger of the Uruguayan being left out now that his one-game suspension has been served and he is a 4/1 chance after scoring ten goals and essentially being the focal point of all Reds’ attacks.
Demba Ba is also in the mix although some will remember that he enjoyed a flying start in front of goal for Newcastle last season before things went pear-shaped and Papiss Cisse is just as likely to enjoy a streak of goals as his compatriot.
Jermain Defoe also seems to score in bunches although the Tottenham forward has scored nine times and continues to be the preferred option ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor, although whether the England man can oblige at 12/1 is another matter.
Perhaps Nikica Jelavic’s late winner against Spurs will thrust the Everton man back into the mix and he can be backed at 33/1 while Marouane Fellaini is two goals better off than his team-mate and is on offer at 66/1.
Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez was surprisingly left out against United although he has seven goals and is on offer at 14/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to score the first goal.