“Has his twin brother turned up this season?”
That was the question asked on Match Of The Day after Edin Dzeko scored his third goal in three games last weekend, but his career record suggests he is no flash in the pan.
Manchester City forked out ₤27m to sign Dzeko from Wolfsburg on the back of his Bundesliga record of 66 goals in 111 games.
He was the top scorer in Germany’s highest division in 2009-10 and has notched 18 goals in 36 appearances at international level to establish Bosnia as tricky and well-respected opponents.
This record and his form this season have seen Dzeko move up to 14/1 eighth-favourite in bwin’s Premier League Golden Boot football betting market.
Yet when he arrived in English football last January, he failed to live up to his reputation.
As with many players who ultimately go on to have fine Premier League careers, the 25 year-old initially struggled to adapt to the high-tempo style and intensity of the game on these shores.
Though he only got six goals in 21 appearances, he ended the season with important goals against Blackburn and Bolton and has benefited from boss Roberto Mancini’s new attacking philosophy.
With Mancini surprisingly opting for a 4-4-2 formation, Dzeko has thrived on the confidence of starting and has already built up an excellent partnership with Sergio Aguero.
Aguero is one of Dzeko’s main challengers for the Golden Boot as 5/1 favourite in bwin’s football betting market.
But it’s the future of another Argentine striker that will most impact the Bosnian’s season – Carlos Tevez.
If he fails to engineer a transfer and re-establishes himself in the side, Dzeko’s chances will again become limited and Tevez’s 33/1 odds will look an interesting option.
For the moment at least, it is worth backing Dzeko to keep scoring and odds of 17/10 for him to do so against Tottenham this weekend seem particularly tempting.
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