The 2014/15 Premier League title race feels more open than it has done for many seasons, with four teams quoted at 5/1 or shorter in the outright betting.
However, the same cannot be said about the battle to be the division’s highest scorers, which seems destined to go the way of 5/4 favourites Manchester City.
Chelsea are second in the market at 11/4, followed by Arsenal at 4/1 and Manchester United at 4/1, but there seems little point looking past last season’s top guns.
City outscored next-best Chelsea by ten strikes, Arsenal by 12 and United by a monstrous 21 in 2014/15, the third season in the last four that they finished as the Premier League’s leading scorers.
While the Etihad outfit have strengthened in attack, it’s difficult to see what their rivals have done to threaten the Citizens’ recent dominance of the goals-for column.
Radamel Falcao has yet to convince punters that Jose Mourinho is privy to the secret knowledge needed to bring about a return to the form of his pre-injury heyday.
Chelsea have done little else to increase a goal-threat their recent Community Shield travails highlighted as distinctly curtailed whenever the injury-prone Diego Costa is absent.
Arsenal have yet to add to their creative or attacking first-team ranks, while United still seem desperately short at centre-forward.
Arguably only Liverpool have bolstered their forward line in the manner that might predict a substantial increase in net-bulging and they netted 31 less league strikes than City last term.
From Anfield Manuel Pellegrini has purloined Raheem Sterling, a major contributor in the Reds side that plundered 101 goals in 2013/14, to burnish what could be a terrifyingly creative front three alongside David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
The latter is the best striker in the division by a country mile when not dogged by injury and there is reason to believe that he may be less susceptible this season.
Having been dogged by persistent muscle injuries across 2012/13 and 2013/14, Aguero credited a change of diet with a vastly improved resilience in 2014/15, when the only mishap to halt his progress was an unrelated knee complaint.