Jamie Vardy has been cut to 9/2 in bwin’s Premier League top scorer odds after hitting a hat-trick in Leicester’s 5-2 romp at Manchester City.
The 33-year-old claimed Golden Boot glory last season when netting 23 times and already has five goals to his credit this term.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers said: “He’s a phenomenal player. He’s tactically so good. You see his goals and runs, but he has an incredible view of football.
“He understands the game. With that, along with his running ability, he’s sensational.”
Vardy struck twice from the penalty spot and steered a sublime flick past Ederson in between.
He told LCFC TV: “I think it’s always mind games when you’ve got a penalty. I know where I’m going to go, the keeper’s got to guess.
“He knows where he’s going to dive, so it’s always mind games, but if you hit it well enough, then there’s no way that the keeper’s getting to it.
“I’m obviously delighted with the other one. I’ve managed to get a little Cruyff flick on it!”
Setting the early pace alongside Vardy is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who can be backed at 9/1 after netting again in Everton’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Carlo Ancelotti believes England boss Gareth Southgate will be closely monitoring the 23-year-old.
“The only way to reach the dream to play for the national team is to behave like he is behaving in this moment,” said the head coach.
“For sure, the staff of the national team are going to have a look at him – without doubt.”
Ings in the groove again
Son Heung-min is next best on four but he picked up a hamstring injury in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle and is out to 22/1 in bwin’s Premier League top scorer odds.
Last season’s runner-up Danny Ings improved to three with the only goal in Southampton’s victory at Burnley and is quoted at 14/1.
The 28-year-old has now netted 36 times in 71 appearances for Saints and has accounted for 46 per cent of their goals since the beginning of last term.
Ings has been the subject of transfer speculation during the current window but Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he is going nowhere.
“I’ve already given a very, very clear answer to this question – we will have Danny for a very long time with us and this is all I can say,” declared the manager.
Sadio Mane is rated a 10/1 chance after taking his tally to three in Liverpool’s Monday night triumph over Arsenal.
Teammate Mohamed Salah stayed on the same mark when missing out in that match but remains favourite for Golden Boot glory at 4/1.
Patrick Bamford is also up there on that total after earning Leeds a 1-0 win at Sheffield United and is available at 66/1.
“The goal came off my nose, but I will take it,” joked the forward on the club website.
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