During a weekend when many big-name clubs, let alone big-name strikers, failed to find the net, Jermain Defoe’s Premier League double stood out as a fine attacking display.
Defoe’s first goal in a 3-1 win for Tottenham over West Ham, an exquisite finish after a wonderful solo burst, seemed to epitomise his return to the limelight this season.
He has rewarded Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to return him to the Spurs starting line-up with seven goals so far.
In the wake of his brace against the Hammers, the England striker’s odds of landing the golden boot are now at 20/1, a price which doesn’t look at all bad – especially considering he was at 16/1 a couple of weeks back.
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Manchester United remain the top scoring side in the Premier League after a 3-1 win over QPR on Saturday, a game in which Javier Hernandez struck again after coming off the substitutes’ bench, bagging his fifth goal of the season.
The Mexican is still a 50/1 shout for the golden boot but Sir Alex Ferguson might feel obliged to find a berth in his starting line-up again for Hernandez when West Ham visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.
United returned to the top of the table at the weekend as Manchester City could only draw 0-0 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Rafael Benitez’s first game in charge of the Blues, but the form team in the Premier League right now are third-placed West Brom.
The Baggies beat Sunderland 4-2 on Saturday to take a fourth win in a row. Shane Long has been West Brom’s shining light from an attacking sense thus far and the Irishman was gifted his fifth goal of the season by Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet in the shape of a tap-in into an empty net.
Long is certainly living up to his name in the golden boot betting market as he is a mammoth 125/1 to finish the season as Premier League top goalscorer.
While few would expect West Brom’s current stunning form to last, those odds still look an absolute bargain for a young player who has become increasingly accomplished as his career has progressed and could attract bids from bigger name sides in the January transfer window.
Elsewhere, top goalscorer Luis Suarez couldn’t add to his ten goals this season as Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
His odds of landing the golden boot have subsequently been trimmed to 5/2, while favourite Robin van Persie’s odds have drifted to 2/1 after his blank against QPR saw him stay on eight goals.