With the new season but a few weeks away, the news.bwin.com tipping taskforce have pooled their punting knowledge in order to decipher which are the most worthwhile wagers in the extensive Premier League top scorer market.
The odds separating those who stand a chance of donning the Golden Boot from those in the running to place are greatly differentiated and we intend to sift through the many price brackets to sound out the bets most likely to land.
We’ll begin at the beginning, with our selection from the sub-20/1 frontrunners.
Last season’s winner Sergio Aguero assumes 3/1 favouritism, which is difficult to contest given the Argentine’s deadly accuracy in the box and the sublime supply line he has providing the bullets at Manchester City.
Last season, however, was only the second of four in which the former Atletico Madrid marksman crossed the 20-goal barrier, with the persistent threat of injuries often hampering his ability to deliver on a weekly basis.
Prolonged absences are an issue for Diego Costa too.
The Chelsea striker notched an admirable 20 in his debut season in England, but is forever teetering on the brink of a torn hamstring or off-the-ball assault. At 11/2, he’s also too short to back.
Harry Kane remains something of an unknown quantity, though 14/1 may tempt a few bets on Tottenham’s talisman.
An improvement on his 21-goal haul from 2014/15, however, is essential.
Trawling the depths of this section we unearth Wayne Rooney and Alexis Sanchez, both priced at 16/1.
It’s worth discounting the latter, who is unlikely to bag the near-30 strikes required to top the scoring charts from the wide berth he assumes in the Arsenal, nor has he registered a total capable of competing for the prize in his career.
This leaves us with Rooney.
The England captain has been promised the lead role in a revamped Manchester United frontline for the coming campaign, where he’ll receive first-class service from the likes of Memphis Depay, Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.
It’s a position in which he has thrived in the past too, notching 26 in 2009/10 then beating that tally by one two terms later.
He registered at a better rate than one in three last time around, which is especially impressive given that he started as many games in central-midfield as he did leading the line.
When tasked with spearheading the attack, Rooney regularly delivers and will run the short-price punts in the top-scorer betting close in 2015/16.