Halfway through the Champions League’s third matchday just one player, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano, has more than three goals to his name.
It gives Luis Suarez, Barcelona’s summer acquisition from Liverpool, every chance of overhauling his rivals to top-score in the competition and land massive 28/1 odds.
Five of the Brazilian’s six goals came in his last outing against BATE Borisov.
Along with the five strikers behind him also averaging a goal or more an outing he represents a side expected to bow out by the quarter-final stage barring extreme good fortune.
That quintet are Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, Gervinho of Roma, Porto’s Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi, his teammate Jackson Martinez and Schalke’s Klass-Jan Huntelaar.
Each will ultimately be denied the necessary amount of games to outscore their contemporaries, while their second tier sides are likely to struggle towards the tail end of limited tenures in the competition.
Suarez, on the other hand, represents the 11/2 third favourites to lift ‘Ol Big Ears’.
Barring injury or more controversy he will be available for the second half of the Blaugrana’s group-stage campaign and hasn’t given up too much ground on his real rivals for the leading marksman gong.
Last season’s most prolific goalhounds are conspicuous by their absence from the upper echelons of the 2014/15 charts.
Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi have notched more than twice, while both Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have yet to get off the mark due to injury.
This could prove particularly pertinent to Suarez’s chances given Ronaldo’s nine-strike haul in the mini-leagues provided the bulk of his mind-bending total of 17.
His closest rivals all notched at ratios of just over a goal a game that the Uruguayan came close to equalling in the Premier League last term, despite also being Liverpool’s joint-leading league assister, striking 31 times in 33 outings.
Clashes with Ajax and APOEL Nicosia are first up on his dance card, affording the ravenous goalscorer an eminently digestible start to his European campaign.