Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero looked to be storming away at the top of the scoring charts, although neither forward could find the net last weekend and injury to the latter illustrates that betting on Top Goalscorer markets can be unpredictable.
The chief strikers for Manchester United and Manchester City remain clear of the chasing pack, with Rooney on offer at 2/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) after a blistering start to the campaign which has included hat-tricks against Arsenal and Bolton.
However, it could be said that the Red Devils have had some favourable fixtures to date and that it could pay to swerve the England forward, especially with so many other forwards on the United books.
Aguero has eight goals and can be backed at 10/3 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to win the Golden Boot, with his injury sustained at Blackburn not thought to be serious. The Argentine has looked lethal in front of goal and the Carlos Tevez debacle means that he is likely to play more games than ever.
However, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko have also shown quality in front of goal this term and the latter is third in the scoring charts with six, with four of those goals coming against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The Bosnian’s place in the team is not as secure as Aguero’s although he can be backed at the bigger odds of 7/1.
We should be philosophical and realise that just seven rounds of matches have been played, with another thirty-one remaining. In addition, most bookmakers are still offering ¼ odds for the first four places, so there is plenty of each-way value knocking around.
Luis Suarez has shown an eye for goal so far and his strike in the Merseyside derby means that he has bagged four goals in his first seven Premier League games for the Reds. Liverpool aren’t in Europe and the Uruguayan may therefore play plenty of games, with Paddy Power going 11/1 about the forward.
Javier Hernandez is a 16/1 chance with Coral, although one has to wonder how much game time the Mexican will get, although there are some interesting contenders and that includes Fernando Torres who was just starting to hit form before his untimely red card against Swansea.
The Spaniard is suspended for another two matches, although his odds are currently 25/1 and we might see them drift further before he laces his boots and tries to get back on the goal trail.
Robin Van Persie is also a tasty price at 25/1 with Ladbrokes, with the Dutchman having managed three goals so far and having games against Sunderland and Stoke to swell his goal tally. It might be the striker’s last season at the Emirates, although nobody can doubt his commitment to the cause.