He may be four goals in-arrears after missing the first five games of the Premier League season through suspension, but that shouldn’t put anyone off backing Luis Suarez for Premier League top goalscorer at sexy odds of 16/1.
The Uruguayan hitman returned to the domestic fray in Liverpool’s 1-0 Capital One Cup third round defeat to Manchester United and will be that much nearer full speed for the upcoming Premier League trip to Sunderland as a result.
Few teams would rate as more ideal opposition for a goal-scoring Suarez return than their beleaguered hosts, who have conceded 11 times in their opening five league games.
The Black Cats were generous donors to his goal fund last term, affording the Liverpool gun-slinger three goals in their two meetings and it’s 6/5 that another goal is added to that tally at any time during proceedings at the Stadium of Light.
There are currently six hot-shots in front of him in bwin’s top goalscorer betting including the chart-leading trio Olivier Giroud, Christian Benteke and his teammate Daniel Sturridge.
In front of that threesome are hot favourite Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero, with Roberto Soldado of Tottenham rounding out the sextet.
Soldado has yet to utterly convince he can cut the mustard in England, with his two league goals coming from the penalty spot.
Meanwhile Benteke is injured and Van Persie has a nagging problem which keeps seeing his return to action put back another game, giving Liverpool’s enfant terrible some time to catch them up.
Furthermore the Dutchman – the only man to out-score Suarez in the league last term – is a member of a transitioning United team who have notched four times in their last five domestic outings and could see his scoring slowed down.
The former Ajax striker got within three goals of the Red Devils frontman last season, despite making three less appearances and posted his total of 23 strikes despite losing the last four games of the campaign to suspension, suggesting he could overcome his rivals’ head-starts.
Finally, Philippe Coutinho’s emergence in 2012/13 was a boon for Liverpool, who lost just one of the 12 games he featured in last term and his prolonged presence in the side in 2013/14 looks set to aid Suarez in his pursuit of the Premier League golden boot.
In the eight games they started together in the spring the Uruguayan managed a healthy ratio of six goals.