Robin Van Persie, Manchester United – 7/2 (fav)
Van Persie’s decision to move to the red half of Manchester was an early turning point in last season’s title race, and the Dutchman topped the scoring charts with ease despite a mid-season barren spell. He will be eager to make it three top scorer gongs in a row, and will expect better service from midfield should United sign a midfielder of the calibre of former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas.
Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool – 16/1
Brendan Rodgers capture of Sturridge and Philipe Coutinho proved a masterstroke last January as the pair provided creativity and penetration to take the pressure off Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard. The former Man City and Chelsea man looks likely to lead the line this year at Anfield, and will get chances in Rodgers’ more attack-minded Liverpool side.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United – 16/1
David Moyes is adamant that Rooney is not for sale, but Chelsea are likely to come back with a second bid and if Arsenal fail in their pursuit of Luis Suarez they may also turn to the 27 year-old. Moyes has made it clear that he sees the striker as an insurance policy should Van Persie’s injury jinx strike again, and with Rooney unhappy at the club it would be no surprise to see him banging in the goals at Stamford Bridge or The Emirates come September.
Alvaro Negredo, Manchester City – 22/1
Competition for striking places at Eastlands will be as fierce as ever following the arrival of Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. Former Fiorentina star Jovetic is likely to drop deep behind either Negredo or Sergio Aguero and if the prolific Spaniard can show early form he will get plenty of chances to convert from the likes of David Silva and Jesus Navas.
Papiss Cisse, Newcastle – 50/1
The Senegalese centre-forward bagged an incredible 13 league goals from 14 appearances after arriving at St James’ Park in January 2012, but struggled at times last term when deployed in a wider role. He looks poised to start the campaign as Newcastle’s first-choice striker, and if he can repeat anything like that run over a season then his price could quickly plummet.