They may still be long shots but Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and Tottenham winger Gareth Bale seem to have hit goalscoring form at just the right time for their teams.
Since returning from his knee injury in late January, Rooney has looked at his sharpest all season.
A winner against West Ham in an FA Cup third-round replay was followed by a league double against Southampton, another cup strike in the fourth-ound win over Fulham and the only goal in the league encounter against Martin Jol’s team last weekend.
That leaves the England striker joint seventh in the goalscoring charts with ten league strikes and at ever-falling odds of 34/1 to finish the season with the golden boot for the first time in his career.
Rooney remains one goal behind the equally on-form Bale, who made also made it back-to-back goalscoring performances with the winner against West Brom on Sunday.
Without a recognised striker following Jermain Defoe’s injury at the Hawthorns, Spurs’ scoring burden rests more heavily than ever on the flying Welshman but as he appears to be thriving under pressure this term, odds of 66/1 for Bale to become the first winger to be top scorer since Cristiano Ronaldo look worth at least a small wager.
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He remains a good distance behind Rooney’s team-mate Robin van Persie, who is odds-on favourite at 13/20, but is, by his incredibly high standards, going through a drought of sorts.
Since his goal against Bale’s Tottenham, RVP has gone three games without a goal – the longest barren spell of his United career – and remains stuck on 18 for the season in the Premier Legaue.
He retains his lead in the race for the golden boot after a lean weekend all round for the current scoring leaders, with 17-goal Luis Suarez (5/2 to be top scorer), Chelsea’s Demba Ba (14/1) and surprise package Michu (25/1) all drawing blanks to make the market tougher to call than ever.