The top of the Premier League’s goalscoring charts contains players from clubs you’d fully expect to employ a deadly hitman.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City all own players who adorn the top three places in the golden boot race (there are six players tied for third on four goals), but there are three players doing sterling work in leading the line at slightly less fancied attacking outfits.
Loic Remy, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku all sit among the top three places and while Benteke’s injury woes make him a bet to swerve, the remaining pair provide an intriguing battle at some lengthy odds.
Newcastle strikers start hot before fizzling out
He may only be five games into his Newcastle career, currently a season-long loan deal from QPR, but Frenchman Remy, who is 25/1 to win lead the league in scoring, has already notched five goals.
His temporary Geordie parents are well known for getting their new striking arrivals off to flyers but are yet to maintain that form.
Demba Ba scored 16 goals in his first 20 Newcastle games before turning cold while Papiss Cisse notched 13 times in his opening 14 appearances but has since become woefully short of form.
Remy has already continued in that vein with a goal a game but will cause concern among punters that a customary Geordie cold-streak isn’t too far away.
Surrounded by better players, Lukaku can top last season’s tally
The Belgian brute, a 14/1 shot, managed 17 league strikes during his loan spell with West Brom last season, and has already proved that a decision to join Everton rather than return to the midlands could be a fruitful one, with four goals in three league appearances.
Surrounded by a higher quality of player on Merseyside Lukaku will be afforded far more scoring opportunities than he was with the Baggies, making him a far juicer prospect in the betting.
Lukaku better built for an entire campaign
Any player hoping to secure a shiny new golden boot needs to be able to put together a string of games, something Remy hasn’t been renowned for in the past.
The Frenchman has already missed five of Newcastle’s opening nine games this season and missed four in his short stint at QPR last term, with Lukaku rarely missing out with niggles – he was missing just four times for the Baggies all last season – it certainly gives the Belgian the upper hand.