This weekend sees the start of the Premier League season and Javier Hernandez’s second season in England.
After lighting up the division last term, he is valued at 8/1 to be top goalscorer in 2011-12 at odds offered by bwin.com.
This makes him joint-second favourite with his Manchester United teammate, Wayne Rooney, and just slightly behind Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, who is valued at 7/1.
Football betting fans who join bwin.com can use their free £25 bet upon registration to back ‘Chicharito’ and will pocket £225 if he tops the scoring charts come the end of the season.
The Mexican, who was signed from Chivas Guadalajara last summer, scored in almost every other game with a strike rate of 0.48 – a record which incorporated 13 league goals in 27 appearances and a further seven goals in other competitions.
His form meant that towards the last couple of months of the season, Dimitar Berbatov, who finished as the league’s top goalscorer alongside Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, ended up out of the team more often than not. lgarian’s season ended in the stands, as he missed out on a place in the squad for the UEFA Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.
With United having a strong pre-season where they created a number of chances and scored a lot of goals, it looks like they have the flair to rack up the goals again this term.
When Hernandez returns from concussion, he will be a key man for the Red Devils, having achieved an impressive ratio of 2.8 goals for every ten shots. To compare, Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez, who much is expected from this year, had a record of one goal for every ten shots after his move from Ajax in January.
The only negative regarding the Mexican is that defenders are more wary of him now and know more about his strengths, such as his pace – he was the fastest player at the 2010 World Cup with a speed of close to 20mph – and also his ability to finish and be on the last shoulder of the defence.
To summarise, there is no doubt that Hernandez will be the focal attacking point of a team expected to score plenty of goals and retain their title – so it makes sense to get your money on the Little Pea.
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