The Premier League season is well underway and the race for the golden boot is starting to take shape with the usual contenders at the top.
The Premier League, as well as the race for the Golden Boot, are significant facets of English football. There is always a lot to look forward to in this league with new players coming and going. Last year’s competition was especially intense; Harry Kane emerged with 23 goals against Mo Salah’s 22. This Golden Boot was his first since 2016/17.
This season, there is a good chance it will be as close as last year. All the top teams now have a player capable of finishing at the top in goalscorers, but who does Paddy Power predict to come out on top.
Premier League Top Scorer Odds (Paddy Power)
Mo Salah – 11/5 – 6 goals
Since he was bought by Liverpool in 2017, Mo Salah has scored more goals than any other Premier League player (winning him the Golden Boot twice). His lowest season with 19 goals was last year, his highest being 32. He missed out on the top goal scorer’s title with just one and it was considered a disappointing season for him…
At Liverpool, Salah is their penalty taker. He took 120 shots last year and was on target 51 times. He’s also involved in everything Liverpool does. With their squad back to full fitness for this upcoming season, expect Salah to have even more chances. He has started the season very well and has had good chances in every game to even score more goals which is a good sign for the rest of the season.
Romelu Lukaku – 11/4 – 3 goals
The ex-Man United striker has returned to his former club after a fantastic two years at Inter Milan. Chelsea were in need of an out and out goal scorer with Werner not doing that last season, and Lukaku is that player. He has shown that he can score a lot of goals, with 64 in his last two seasons in Italy.
To help Lukaku, even more, is Chelsea’s style of play. They created a lot of chances last season and have a lot of good players around them including Havertz, Ziyech, Mount and Werner. Lukaku scored on his debut against Arsenal and since scored two against Aston Villa. He looks good in front of goal and will be key for Chelsea mounting a title challenge this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 3/1 – 3 goals
The worlds greatest goal scorer has returned to the Premier League for his second stint at Man United. So far he has played three games and score three goals, two of which came on his debut against Newcastle. Since his arrival, he is averaging the most shots per 90 minutes in the Premier League, which is only going to help him.
Bruno missed a penalty in the last game for United so Ronaldo may be on them now. With his age, his game has changed and he is now playing as more of an out and out number nine. He is going to feature in every game in the Premier League, should he stay fit and given the number of chances he’s having, Ronaldo, is likely to get a lot more goals this season.
Jamie Vardy – 10/1 – 6 goals
The Leicester frontman is in top form this season, despite his side not doing so well. He has won the Golden Boot once before back in 2019/20 scoring 23 goals. Last season wasn’t his best but he still managed to get 15 goals, so if he can keep up his form all season he could be in with a real shout.
The fact that he is doing well without Leicester playing great themselves is a good sign in some ways. If the rest of the squad get playing, that is only going to improve his chances of getting goals. On top of that, he is the penalty taker for Leicester and has a brilliant record from the spot.
Harry Kane – 12/1 – 0 goals
Last year’s Golden Boot winner is struggling this season. He was fantastic in 20/21 and even finished top of the assist charts. It looked like he was going to leave Spurs this summer for City, but the club blocked the move. Since then, it hasn’t really worked out for him. Kane is yet to score this season and his Spurs side have just three goals in six games, not good for someone looking to win the golden boot.
Kane takes penalties for Spurs, and it is likely he will take some next season with VAR in the Premier League. Kane has won the Golden Boot three times, showing that he can play at this level. Kane will need to get going soon before the others get too far ahead of him!
Diogo Jota – 40/1 – 3 goals
The Liverpool winger has worked his way into Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven now and has replaced Roberto Firmino. Jota has 10 goals in his first 20 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, seven of which he has started on the bench. Now he is more involved, he could see his numbers increase.
Jota has a knack for being in the right place at the right and this gets him a lot of goals. Sides tend to focus on Liverpool’s other star players including Salah and this gives Jota time and space. He is going to be very important for Liverpool this season and may even sneak a Golden Boot!
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (33/1 – 3 goals) – DCL started the 20/21 season really well and ended the campaign with 16. If he can improve on last season, he should be up there!
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