FOOTBALL BETTING: Rooney, Torres, Drogba, Van Persie, Adebayor; there are numerous candidates with a good chance for this year’s Golden Boot in the Premier League.
Three teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, have dominated the Premiership’s Golden Boot Award over the last ten seasons and the trio are all represented towards the head of the betting for this season’s prize.
For the Gunners, Robin van Persie, who was blighted by injuries over the course of the last campaign, is expected to perform well this time around and he’s a 12/1 shot courtesy of Betdaq to top the scoring charts.
With 26 league goals last term, Wayne Rooney is well fancied at 11/2 with Betfred and holder Didier Drogba is quoted by Partybets at 13/2 to scoop the gong for the third time while Liverpool’s Fernando Torres completes the top four in the betting at 8/1 with Stan James.
Obviously, if any of this quartet stay fit for the bulk of the 38 games then they are sure to bag a hatful, however, two of those players missed a significant chunk of last season and the risk of a lengthy, injury-enforced absence strips value from any runners with short odds.
Considering longer-priced players, perhaps on each-way terms, seems a more sensible approach then and there are a few candidates that catch the eye. With 14 league goals in 25 games to his name in his first year at Manchester City, Emmanuel Adebayor tempts at 33/1 with Victor Chandler.
The Togolese marksman should have settled in at Eastlands now and with Roberto Mancini’s men set to be more consistent this term, the ex-Arsenal man can form a prolific partnership with Carlos Tevez (14/1, 888Sport).
Darren Bent’s 24-goal haul for an ordinary Sunderland team suggests he has been overpriced by bet365 at 20/1 while further down the list, Louis Saha’s fitness issues are the only down side to a flutter on the Everton man at 50/1 (Stan James), Gabriel Agbonlahor matched Saha’s 13 goals last season and looks to have been underestimated at 66/1 with Totesport and for the really ambitious looking for a big return from a modest stake, Theo Walcott could find himself playing more games for Arsenal; he’s a 100/1 shot at Partybets.