The opening fortnight of Premier League action has thrown up some unlikely pace-setters in the top goalscorer stakes, with the man who scored just two goals in his first 13 Arsenal appearances, Olivier Giroud, last term’s one-goal wonder Danny Welbeck and big-club tourist Daniel Sturridge all towards the top end of the list.
With the striking trio each firing in two goals in the early stages of the season, and their unheralded status in the top goalscorer markets affording them rather long prices in the ante-post market, siding with one of them to keep their form should be profitable, but which one?
Welbeck’s chances of maintaining a good enough strike rate to make the elite list of season scorers are very unlikely given that he’s yet to register a campaign of double figure league goals, let alone the 20-odd he’ll likely need to rival the best in town.
His deployment in behind Robin van Persie or on the wing also means the 50/1 shot will rarely get as many chances to hit the net as his Arsenal or Liverpool competitors either.
Despite a slow start to his Gunners career, French hot shot Giroud found the net ten times in his next 27 league appearances once he opened his top flight account, and scored 17 times in total during his debut Arsenal season.
Having scored in three of the four games he’s played this season in all competitions, second season syndrome is a long way from the Frenchman and his odds of 20/1 are far more appealing.
However, it is a punt on the 14/1 rated Daniel Sturridge that is strongly advised given Liverpool’s continued reliance on the England man for goals.
Since moving to Anfield, the flappy-armed celebrator has scored 12 Premier League goals in 16 appearances and has started the new campaign hotter than the sun, scoring four times in three games in all competitions.
With Luis Suarez still banned and potentially on his bike anyway, it’s clear Sturridge will have plenty of opportunities to make good on his generous price.