Goal Machines: Best Premier League top goal-scorer bets

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Last season’s Golden Boot was a close run competition, and surprisingly the first time an Englishman had won the trophy since Kevin Phillips in the 1999-2000 season. Not only did Tottenham’s Harry Kane win with 25 goals, but his England team-mate Leicester’s Jamie Vardy came a close second with one goal less, equal with Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero.

The odds for this season’s Golden Boot indicate that the betting is on Agüero to go one better and win with Ladbrokes, William Hill and SkyBet offering 7-2 on the Argentinian to score the most goals. Many feel that the arrival of Pep Guardiola and his high profile signings will help Agüero to shoot the Citizens to the championship.

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Kane is second among most bookmakers offering 6-1, including from Paddy Power and BetFair.

Manchester United’s new signing Swedish veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic is third favourite among most online bookmakers which is a testament to the belief in the 34 year old. In fact, his haul of 50 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s Ligue 1 was his biggest haul in a career that has spanned many of the greatest clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax, Inter and Milan.

After Zlatan comes Romelu Lukaku who finished fourth in last season’s standings, even though he suffered a massive dip of form in a thoroughly forgettable second half of the season for Everton. He didn’t fare much better in Euro 2016, where he once again flattered to deceive and was replaced in most games. Interestingly, his high place might be attested to the fact that many assume it is likely he will start the season away from Goodison Park at a higher-placed team, with Arsenal many people’s assumed destination.

A good outside bet might be Liverpool’s Divock Origi who had an injury plagued season last year but still managed 10 goals in 33 appearances and appeared to be Jurgen Klopp’s favoured striker when fit, ahead of Belgian teammate Christian Benteke and even Daniel Sturridge at times, especially in the Reds run to the final of the Europa League. As long as he stays on Merseyside, he might be worth a flutter at 70-1 from 888Sport.

Another interesting bet might be Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United’s new Armenian attacking midfielder, who scored 23 goals last year in his final season for Borussia Dortmund, at a ratio of almost a goal a game.  Mkhitaryan is being offered at 50-1 by Paddy Power and BetVictor.

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