The time has come for the rule to be run over the 25/1 bracket of bwin.com’s market on who will be the Premier League top scorer.
Once one has waded this deep into the vast chasm of names, an each-way bet is probably the best chance of copping a profit, but there are two players in this four-man pool who are worthy of an outright wager.
They aren’t either of Memphis Depay or Theo Walcott.
The Manchester United and Arsenal men are both lethal finishers, but are likely to find themselves deployed in wide roles that will prevent them registering the bulky kind of haul required to outscore the array or elite central strikers residing at the short-price end of this market.
With this pair of rocket-heeled speedsters out of the equation, we turn attentions to Radamel Falcao, on loan at Chelsea, and Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony.
The case for the Colombian is a pertinent one.
He may have endured a frustrating campaign at Man Utd, scoring just four goals last term, but prior to his ill-fated Old Trafford switch, he was one of Europe’s most feared marksmen of this decade.
Devastating defences in France, Spain and Portugal, there weren’t many teams who would’ve turned down Falcao when he made the shock move from Atletico Madrid to Monaco.
Prior to his Rouges et Blancs move, he crossed the 30-goal threshold in four successive seasons.
If master tactician Jose Mourinho can’t restore him to these former glories, there isn’t a coach on the planet who can and he’s sure to get plenty of game time in his supporting role to the oft-injured/banned Diego Costa.
A good run of form could see him overthrow the Spain striker as Chelsea’s first-choice frontman and, should this occur, don’t bet against Falcao running the favourites close.
Bony, on the other, hand is sure to feature more at Man City this time around after spending half a season acclimatising to life with the Citizens.
Manuel Pellegrini has a tendency to deploy multiple strikers in the hope of appeasing City’s tempestuous decision-makers’ craving for attacking football.
The Ivorian behemoth will provide the muscle to occupy defenders while agile attackers such as Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva maximise the space he creates.
Bony proved at Swansea he can score goals in the Premier League, bagging nine in 20 appearances the season City lured him to the Etihad after notching 16 in 34 the year before.
With superior service on offer in sky blue, the £28m man is capable of recording a Golden Boot-plundering haul.