Robin van Persie has been cut to 4/5 to retain the golden boot after firing Manchester United ahead in a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Van Persie’s classy finishing has peaked over the last couple of months during a vital phase in the Premier League season. The Dutchman now boasts nine goals in his last nine games in all competitions, strikes that have helped United surge seven points clear of Manchester City in the title race.
The former Arsenal striker now has 17 Premier League goals this season, which means he heads Liverpool’s Luis Suarez by two goals in the golden boot stakes.
Suarez has been in sensational form of late and will certainly add more goals to his account before the end of the campaign, but Sunday’s match was a reminder that he plays for a less potent team than Van Persie.
The impressive introduction of Daniel Sturridge – who grabbed the Reds’ consolation goal after coming on as a substitute at Old Trafford – could well change Suarez’s role in the Liverpool line-up to supporting the former Chelsea man.
While he would therefore be less of a focal point for his team-mates’ attacks, Suarez could profit from Sturridge’s transfer if he can draw on the good start to help forge a dangerous strike partnership.
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Elsewhere, Demba Ba remains a 9/1 top scorer bet after failing to notch on his Premier League debut for Chelsea, even though his new side were impressive 4-0 victors at Stoke City.
Despite firing a blank in the Potteries, Ba clearly has what it takes to keep Fernando Torres on the Blues’ bench for the rest of the season and with 13 league goals to his name already, he could still have a major say in the destination of the golden boot.