Liverpool marksman Luis Suarez moved level with Manchester United’s Robin van Persie in the Premier League golden boot race by netting his eighth goal of the season in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
The goal was not without controversy – Suarez clearly pushed Ramires to create space for himself in the penalty area before heading home Jamie Carragher’s flick-on – but it nevertheless underlines his rich vein of goalscoring form.
As a direct result, Suarez’s golden boot odds have been cut to 9/2, with the bookies clearly impressed by the Uruguayan’s efforts in helping Liverpool extend their unbeaten run to six matches.
The 25-year-old is second-favourite to finish the season as top scorer, with Robin van Persie still out in front in the betting market. Indeed, the Dutch striker’s odds have been cut to 8/5 despite the fact he found only the woodwork at Aston Villa.
Manchester United’s thrilling comeback to win 3-2 at Villa Park was crafted by the masterful Javier Hernandez. The Mexican is on four league goals this season, and with red-hot form that has seen him bag nine goals in as many games for club and country, odds of 40/1 for him to land the golden boot look a decent outside shout, particularly with a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s adventurous-looking starting line-up beckoning.
The way 2011/12 has started, it could become the season of the comeback, and the season of the super sub to boot. Across Manchester, Edin Dzeko is continuing to revel in that role for Manchester City.
The Bosnian turned home his sixth goal of the season as Manchester City came back to defeat Tottenham 2-1. Dzeko is still priced as low as 40/1 for the golden boot, a crazy price seeing as he is also surely destined for more playing time.
Evergreen Dimitar Berbatov is another of the league’s in-form strikers. He fired in two for Fulham in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Arsenal on Saturday and the Bulgarian veteran has been cut from 33/1 to 25/1 in the golden boot betting.
However, it is Suarez who looks the most tempting option.