At the start of the season, Edin Dzeko was available at 30/1 with Paddy Power (£100 free bets) to win the Premier League Golden Boot, although the Bosnian’s four-goal haul at White Hart Lane has seen his odds tumble right down to 4/1 (Coral – £25 free bet) and the former Wolfsburg striker tops the charts with six goals in three games.
Dzeko has taken a while to find his feet at Eastlands, although he was always going to need time adjusting to English football after arriving in January and his qualities are now coming to the fore, with the goals scored at White Hart Lane being a real mix of headers, close-range finishes and long-range efforts.
Even so, one wonders about the amount of game time that Dzeko will get when the Champions League starts and Roberto Mancini starts to rotate his squad. Sergio Aguero is on offer at 6/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) for the Golden Boot market and the same applies to the Argentine even though he has plundered three goals in two and a bit games.
The other player on offer at single figure odds is Wayne Rooney after the England striker helped himself to three goals against Arsenal last weekend, meaning that the Manchester United forward has managed five in his first three games.
Unlike his City counterparts, you imagine that Rooney will play the vast majority of United’s Premier League matches and that makes the 4/1 on offer an enticing prospect. Ashley Young and Nani will give the 25-year-old a plethora of chances and he will also take the penalties for the team.
Danny Welbeck’s unfortunate injury against Arsenal means that Javier Hernandez is likely to start his first Premier League game after the international break and the Mexican is a 12/1 chance to claw back his United team-mate and finish top of the scoring charts in the Premier League.
We shouldn’t forget that Chicharito was on fire in the Gold Cup during the summer and might carry on where he left off, although there is another Latin American player who also impressed before the domestic season started. Step forward Luis Suarez who has notched a couple already and can be backed at odds of 10/1.
Robin Van Persie opened his account at Old Trafford and the Arsenal man is 16/1 to finish top of the Premier League charts, with Fernando Torres now out to 20/1 and Darren Bent available to back on betfair at 33.