Can Harry Kane retain his crown as the Premier League top scorer in the 2021/22 campaign or can Premier League returnees Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku knock him off his perch?
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Premier League Top Scorers 2021/2022
Here’s the current ranking for top scorers as the first month of the season draws to a close. The only man to reach four goals thus far is West Ham United’s Michail Antonio, thanks in no small part to the Jamaican’s brace in a 4-1 home win over West Ham United.
Manchester United duo Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes have managed three each thus far, alongside Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, while no fewer than 14 places have found the net twice in the first three games of the season.
Romelu Lukaku now the outright favourite
Harry Kane got his hands on the Golden Boot trophy in 2020/21 campaign with the Tottenham Hotspur talisman tipping Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the title with 23 goals for the campaign.
But the England skipper faces stiffer competition for the boot this time around and despite being the favourite back in July, the Premier League returns of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United have seen his odds drift quite dramatically.
After scoring against Arsenal on his second Blues debut, the Belgian international Lukaku is now the favourite for the Golden Boot, and with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Mason Mount supplying him, it’s not difficult to see why.
Who are the other contenders in the Golden Boot race?
Mohamed Salah finished as the worthy runner up to Harry Kane last term and was only pipped to the post on the final day of the season as Kane netted against Leicester City. Liverpool will be looking to put in a stronger fight for the title this season and Salah will no doubt be at the front of their title charge.
Bruno Fernandes was in the running last season with the Manchester United midfielder netting an impressive 18 goals throughout the campaign. He’ll be keen not to be outshone by countryman Ronaldo, although it’s hard to see anyone beating the former Real Madrid and Juventus man’s goal tally at Old Trafford.
There are other contenders. Both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Michail Antonio have started the season in blistering form in front of goal, the latter scoring four times already in just three matches at the time of writing, giving him a pretty healthy head start on the likes of Ronaldo and Kane, who are yet to get off the mark.
Beyond those 6, Diogo Jota, Jamie Vardy, Heung-min Son and Ferran Torres are all in the running, priced at a level that makes them outsiders for the gong without being complete underdogs.
Bookmaker’s Dark Horses For the Golden Boot
Perhaps the most interesting name upon that list of dark horses from a betting perspective is Manchester City’s Ferran Torres. With the Blues unable to secure a deal to bring in a new striker, the Spaniard could be expected to spearhead his side’s attack this season as they look to retain the Premier League trophy.
Moving further out in the running you can find a few other City stars including Raheem Sterling, who continues to be a threat in front of goal – although may lack the consistency required for a full attempt to win the golden boot.
Danny Ings has enjoyed a fine start to life at Aston Villa and is available at quite lengthy odds with some firms, while Ivan Toney of Brentford has proven his goalscoring quality in the lower leagues and will now look to translate that at the top level.
Premier League Outright Odds: Other Markets
There are plenty of other outright markets to bet on alongside Top Goalscorer and with some bookmakers, you can combine your top scorer bet with an outright winner bet, even if your chosen player doesn’t play for the team that you’re backing to win the title. You’ll also be able to combine top scorer bets from different leagues and divisions for a pre-season or mid-season accumulator.
Markets such as Outright Winner and To Be Relegated are known to most punters but you can now also bet on markets including a Top Four Finish, a Top Half Finish and next manager to leave their post. With some firms, you can now even bet on certain teams to finish above other teams come the end of the campaign. For example, West Ham to finish the season as the highest placed London club anyone?
PFA Player of the Year Odds
Kevin de Bruyne was awarded the PFA Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season after ending the campaign with the Premier League trophy, Carabao Cup, six goals and 12 assists.
However, Harry Kane may feel hard done by after ending the campaign as the league’s top scorer with 23 goals and ended the campaign with the most assists (14).
But as we know the Premier League is packed with consistently elite performers, particularly at the Etihad Stadium. The likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Ruben Dias will expect to be in the running after standout campaigns.
However, Bruno Fernandes will likely be in with a shout of getting his hands on the award. Anything United do next season is likely to go through their star man and they will be hoping to break their trophy drought under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.