Golden Boot holder Mohamed Salah has been cut to 3/2 in bwin’s Premier League top scorer odds after he went joint top of the table and Harry Kane suffered an injury KO.
The Liverpool winger took his tally to 14 when striking from the penalty spot to earn the Reds a 1-0 victory at Brighton.
Egypt forward Salah, who retained his African Player of the Year title last week, smashed home from the spot in the 49th minute after he was felled by Pascal Gross.
Brighton’s players and fans reacted angrily to Salah winning the penalty under a heavy challenge, but Andy Robertson mounted a strong defence of his Anfield team-mate.
Asked if any of the rough treatment dished out to Salah bothered Liverpool, Scotland full-back Robertson replied: “None of it, apart from the diving, he’s not that type of player.
“Every time it happens then we go back and everyone looks at the video and you go ‘well, it’s not a dive’, so how many times is it going to happen?
“I’m not sure if the Brighton players did say it was a dive or not and I’ll need to see it back, but I was at the edge of the box and for me it was a stone-waller.
“If people are starting to say Mo has gone down easily, it’s not fair because the one against Arsenal, especially, he got clipped three times on his way down and they still appealed it, so it’s a bit of desperation.
“I’ve not seen this Brighton one back but it’s a no-brainer really for the referee.”
Kane backers rocked by injury blow
That is because Kane suffered an ankle injury in the final stages of Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United that will rule him out until March.
It is the third successive season that he has sustained an ankle problem, the most recent one keeping him out for a fortnight last March.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday’s match against Manchester United.
“The striker will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March.”
Kane responded to the news of his injury on Twitter and said: “Injuries are part of the game but no-one will be working harder to get back fit.”
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is a 6/1 chance in this market after only coming on as a late substitute in Monday night’s 3-0 win over Wolves.
The Argentina ace has been recovering from illness and is four adrift of the pacesetters at this stage, alongside Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard, who can be backed at 16/1.
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