It was Manchester United and Robin van Persie’s weekend in the Premier League as the Red Devils moved to the top of the table and the Dutchman netted against his former club, Arsenal, in a 2-1 win.
Van Persie is now a mere 6/4 to retain the golden boot after firing his eighth goal of the season in a routine afternoon’s work at Old Trafford.
He could easily have grabbed a couple more against Arsenal and with lead title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City both looking short of their best form at present, Van Persie’s tiny odds now look more understandable to me than they did a couple of weeks ago.
However, one man who looks set to challenge the Dutchman for the right to finish as the top flight’s top goalscorer is Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan is clearly flourishing under Brendan Rodgers’ management, firing his seventh league goal of the season in a 1-1 home draw against Newcastle yesterday.
The goal was a thing of real beauty as Suarez showed extraordinary technique to perfectly control Jose Enrique’s ball over the top of the Magpies defence with his shoulder before rounding Tim Krul and slotting home.
Suarez is now a 6/1 shout and with confidence slowly improving around Anfield thanks to Liverpool’s five-match unbeaten run, I don’t expect the former Ajax man to lose his scoring touch any time soon.
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Elsewhere, Fernando Torres had a weekend he will want to forget quickly as he failed to hit the net as Chelsea were held 1-1 at Swansea.
The Spaniard’s golden boot odds have drifted to 12/1 and with calls growing for him to be dropped, Torres’ hopes might depend on him rediscovering his goalscoring form soon, starting against old club Liverpool next weekend.
Of course, it is too early in the season to rule anyone out of the golden boot race, including the Manchester City pair of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, who are also out to 12/1 after the champions failed to net in a 0-0 draw at West Ham.
However, the smart money at this stage looks to be on Van Persie retaining the trophy he won in such scintillating fashion with Arsenal last term.