There were three strikers that blazed an early trail at the top of the Premier League Golden Boot charts, although they have all recently been surpassed by Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie, who literally can’t stop scoring at the moment.
In the Dutchman’s last four games, he has plundered braces against Sunderland and Stoke before going one better at Stamford Bridge to bury a hat-trick. His 11th came against West Brom last weekend and bet365 (£200 free bets) offer 5/2 that Van Persie stays at the top of the charts.
The big risk with backing the Arsenal maestro is that he has picked up several injuries during his time with the Gunners, although Arsene Wenger has been trying to use the player sparingly and we can be assured that more rest will come at various intervals.
The trio of players chasing Van Persie all feature for Manchester clubs, although Wayne Rooney has been on the drift in recent weeks, with 4/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) now available about the United striker.
We say striker, although midfielder would be a better description considering that Sir Alex Ferguson has deployed the England international in a deeper role in recent weeks, something which is naturally going to see his goal ratio drop as a result.
Meanwhile, Manchester City have two lively contenders of their own in Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, The former has managed ten goals this term, although six have come for the Bosnian in two games after bagging four at White Hart Lane and two at Old Trafford.
We know that the former Wolfsburg player will be rotated on a frequent basis although City have been bagging goals for fun and he can be backed at 4/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to finish top of the pile.
As for Aguero, the former Atletico Madrid is clearly a deadly forward although just two goals have been scored in the past five Premier League games and it is hard to believe that Manchester City will continue to score at such a rate of knots.
Outside of the top four, it could well be worth taking an each-way punt on a player such as Darren Bent or Luis Suarez, both of whom are a hat-trick away from getting a lot closer to the leading pack. Javier Hernandez is also a class act although much depends on whether Manchester United will revert to their expansive style of football.
Mario Balotelli has become a regular feature in the City team and is available at 33/1 to fire his way to the top of the scoring charts in the absence of Carlos Tevez, while Demba Ba is firing Newcastle to lofty heights and the former West Ham man has eight goals after a recent hat-trick at the Britannia Stadium.