The battle to win this season’s Premier League Golden Boot looks sure to be a competitive one, with a host of top forwards in with a chance of winning the prize.
Hat-tricks in the opening two weeks of the Premier League campaign have fired Raheem Sterling and Teemu Pukki to the top of the charts, but whether they can stay is another matter.
Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane scooped the award last season, with each bagging 22 goals to share first place. Read on as we look at this season’s Golden Boot battle.
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
Kane’s double on the opening weekend against Aston Villa showed that he could be a force to be reckoned with this season.
However, he was largely anonymous at Manchester City on Saturday and will need to play much better if he is to win the Golden Boot for a third time.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Salah was on target against Norwich City in Liverpool’s opening game, but he has looked short of his best form so far this season.
His 32-goal tally was enough to secure the Golden Boot in 2017/18 and he followed up by sharing the award with Aubameyang and Mane last term.
He is priced at 5/1 to make it three in row, although that looks much too short given his current level of form.
Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Sterling has been cut to 11/2 after scoring four Man City’s first two games and he seems sure to attract plenty of interest in the market.
His goal against Spurs over the weekend was particularly well-taken and highlighted the improvements he has made in front of goal.
If he can continue in the same vein the England star could be difficult to keep out of the top three, although whether he can maintain his current scoring output is debatable.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
The Arsenal star has notched in both of the Gunners games this season to take his tally to 34 league goals for the club in just over 18 months.
Aubameyang has developed a great understanding with Alexandre Lacazette and with the Gunners squad looking much-improved he should get plenty of chances to score this season.
The 30-year-old has been slashed to 5/1 to win the Golden Boot and that looks great value in what is undoubtedly a tough field.