The most competitive league in the world is going to start tomorrow, 8th August, with the huge opening day encounter between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. All the teams have more or less taken part in pre-season games to make sure that they are ready to start the season strong. All the clubs have made reinforcements in their squad to achieve their respective targets.
The rule of winning a football match is simple. All you have to do is to score more than your opponents. Some managers prefer 1-0 win even after playing boring football and some like to play attractive football and score more than one goal. Strikers are therefore a key part of a team.
English Premier League has some prolific scorers and the Golden Boot award is what every striker in the League aims to achieve. So who are the front-runners to bag the award this season?
Let us find out the favorites to win the prestigious individual award:
SERGIO AGUERO – Betting odds @4.00
The first one on our list is the winner from the last season. The Manchester City star striker has a very good chance to retain the award. The 27-year-old Argentine striker is considered as one of the best strikers in the world and he is not just a finisher but more like a complete forward who makes the runs behind the defenders and he also has an eye for setting up teammates for goals. From his 120 Premier League games since moving to Etihad from Atletico, The Argentine talisman scored 78 goals with setting up another 31.
The former Atletico Madrid striker scored 26 goals last season in 33 league games and bagged the Golden Boot award ahead of Spurs striker Harry Kane and Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Manchester City’s title challenge is very much dependent on the talisman and he has to make sure that he stays fit as well as his injury record hasn’t been the best in recent years.
Aguero is Premier League’s all-time most efficient striker in terms of minutes per goal ratio ahead of many legendary strikers and the talisman is the front-runners to retain his Golden Boot.
HARRY KANE – Betting odds @15.00
The 21-year-old Tottenham Hotspur striker had a superb last season at White Hart Lane. He was awarded PFA Young Player of the Year and also selected in PFA Team of the Year.
He scored 21 goals in the League last campaign for the London club with 10 more in other competitions. He impressed England manager Roy Hodgson last season with his brilliant form and he was called up by the manager and he scored on his debut against Lithuania for the Three Lions.
The striker has a brilliant finishing ability and style of play has been compared to that of former Tottenham forward Jürgen Klinsmann. The striker, who is also the vice-captain of the team, is expected to play a pivotal role for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side this season if they are to challenge for the top 4 spots.
DIEGO COSTA- Betting odds @6.50
The 26-year-old Spanish international was a key part of Chelsea’s Premier League win last season where he scored 20 goals for the Blues from 26 appearances. His absence was felt in last Sunday’s FA Community Shield match against Arsenal where the Gunners defeated the Premier League holders 1-0.
In his first season in England, he was very successful right away and we can expect him to score more this season as the Stamford Bridge side will be looking to defend their title.
WAYNE ROONEY- Betting odds @11.00
The 29-year-old Manchester United captain is likely to play in his favored striker position after few seasons and would surely give the likes of Aguero a run for their money in pursuit of the Golden Boot. Rooney became more like a complete footballer in recent seasons and mostly was deployed as the advanced playmaker. We have also seen him playing at central midfield for struggling United side.
The England captain will cherish leading the attack once again. Even with playing deeper last season, he scored 12 goals in 33 matches last season and we can see the figure a lot improved with Rooney featuring in an advanced position after so many years.
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE- Betting odds @17.00
The 24 year old Belgian striker moved to Liverpool this summer for £32.5 million which makes him the second most expensive Liverpool player ever. With a very impressive statistics for a mediocore Aston Villa team, we can expect to see much better figures with a better and creative Liverpool team.
Benteke has 42 goals from 89 games for Villa since moving from Belgian League and was a key part of Aston Villa’s survival last season. He is also a key part of Belgium national team where he has made 24 appearances so far netting 7 times. The striker introduced himself at Liverpool with a superb statement on his debut in the friendly against Swindon Town where he scored from a half volley from outside of the box and gave Liverpool fans a reason to smile showing earlier signs of what he can do.
However if you are really brave enough to put your money on someone like Daniel Sturridge or Theo Walcott who have major fitness issues over the years, the reward is even more if the risk pays of.
According to Betting odds the top 10 players potentially to win the Prestigius individual award are:
1> Sergio Aguero – Betting odds @4.00
2> Diego Costa – Betting odds @6.50
3> Wayne Rooney- Betting odds @11.00
4> Harry Kane- Betting odds @15.00
5> Christian Benteke- Betting odds @17.00
6> Alexis Sanchez- Betting odds @21.00
7> Eden Hazard- Betting odds @21.00
8> Memphis Depay- Betting odds @26.00
9> Daniel Sturridge- Betting odds @26.00
10> Olivier Giroud- Betting odds @26.00