Last season’s leading protagonists Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa dominate the 2015/16 Premier League top goalscorer betting at 3/1 and 11/2 respectively.
Yesterday, James Middleton ran the rule over their closest market rivals 14/1 pair Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney and 16/1 shot Alexis Sanchez.
Today is the turn of the fearsome foursome whose chances of carrying off the scorers’ laurels are rated at 20/1.
They are, in no particular order, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard, but which is the best bet?
In narrowing the wheat from the score-for-your-nugget chaff, the easiest to rule out is Sturridge.
Reports on when the injury-prone goal-getter will return from his latest mishap are varied, but September seems to be widely acknowledged as the earliest likely juncture.
Given his previous for setbacks along the road to recovery it would be little surprise to see his top-goalscorer chances further hamstrung.
Even granted a clean bill of health he has yet to prove himself as lethal in the post-Luis Suarez landscape.
Next to be eliminated is Hazard, for whom single-minded goalscoring remains the major millstone in his attempts to rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or stakes.
He has yet to hit more than 14 goals in a Premier League season, despite taking the penalties for Chelsea, a responsibility that arguably robbed Diego Costa of last year’s leading-marksman honours.
That leaves Giroud and Benteke as the two most likely 20/1 shots and the latter has to be the pick at the prices for a host of reasons.
The Arsenal man has yet to hit more than 16 league goals in a campaign in England, while his Belgian rival notched 19 in his debut season, despite playing for perennial relegation battlers.
Liverpool may have their problems, but they are a far superior side to Villa over 38 games, so it stands to reason that his output should be magnified by the move.
Not only this, but he stands a good chance of taking the Reds’ penalties next term, now that Steven Gerrard is no longer around – he was the Villans’ go-to-man.
Finally, Giroud remains under threat of being bounced down the Emirates pecking order, with it being widely reported that the Gunners have a hefty war chest with which to sign a world-class striker this summer.