Robin van Persie struck again as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Sunday.
The Dutchman’s tenth goal in ten Premier League matches sees him cut from 3/4 to odds as short as 13/20 to get his hands on the Premier League golden boot for the second consecutive season.
Van Persie’s first-half strike ensures he maintains a two-goal lead over Luis Suarez in what looks increasingly like a two-man golden boot battle.
Suarez’s 16th goal of the Premier League campaign came in a polished 5-0 demolition of Norwich City on Saturday.
Once again Suarez linked up superbly with strike partner Daniel Sturridge, who played a delightful dummy to send the Uruguayan through on goal for his strike.
Suarez remains a 7/2 bet for the golden boot and however dependable Van Persie’s goalscoring proves in the second half of the campaign, he could run his Manchester United rival close if Liverpool’s recent upswing in form continues.
The Reds are gathering momentum at home in particular, with 12 goals scored in their last three Anfield fixtures without conceding any, as they push for an unlikely Champions League qualification spot.
Successive away fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City are next up for Liverpool and those two tests will be a key indicator of how much substance is behind their good form of late.
Should Brendan Rodgers’ side pick up a few points from those encounters with more Suarez goals, then his golden boot odds could well tumble further.
Demba Ba remains on 14 goals this season after being kept on the Chelsea bench for most of their 2-1 win over Arsenal.
A hardworking performance from Fernando Torres and a missed opportunity from Ba after beating Wojciech Szczesny in the away goal as a late substitute are a reminder that the former Newcastle man faces a fight for playing time at Stamford Bridge.
Ba’s golden boot odds have subsequently lengthened from 7/1 to 8/1 following Chelsea’s 2-1 triumph over their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.