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Betting on the EPL Golden Boot Race – December 2020 Update Including Latest Odds
The EPL has already produced a crazy number of goals in 2020/21, and the way the season is going, I can’t see the goals slowing down anytime soon.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the Premier League’s current top scorer, with ten goals in ten games, while Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has nine goals to his name.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) and Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) both have eight, while four players are locked on seven goals, including Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United).
Of course, the top online betting sites allow us to wager on the EPL Golden Boot race. Here are the latest Premier League top scorer odds.
Despite currently trailing Calvert-Lewin by three goals, Kane is the bookmakers’ favorite to clinch the 2020/21 Golden Boot, although Salah and Vardy aren’t far behind.
Timo Werner has only managed to net four times in his first ten Premier League appearances for Chelsea, yet the German forward finds himself among the bookies’ favorites.
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) and Patrick Bamford (Leeds) have both enjoyed strong starts to the season, scoring six and seven goals, respectively. However, they aren’t expected to challenge the frontrunners.
Let’s take a closer look at the leading 2020/21 EPL Golden Boot contenders.
Harry Kane – Tottenham (4.50)
Throughout the early stages of the season, Kane has continued to cement his status as one of the greatest EPL strikers of all time.
The England captain’s goals have helped Tottenham rise to the top of the Premier League table, with many believing that Spurs can go all the way and win the title this term.
After claiming back-to-back Golden Boot awards in 2015/16 and 2016/17, Kane has repeatedly been one of the top scorers in the division. In fact, he even managed to eclipse his 2016/17 tally in 2017/18, although his 30 goals weren’t enough to beat Salah’s 32 on that occasion.
The 27-year-old has featured in a slightly deeper role for Tottenham of late, contributing an unrivaled nine EPL assists this season. Most players would struggle to score goals following a change of position, yet Kane seems to be thriving in his new role.
The rate at which Kane has scored throughout his career is frightening. If he can stay fit and avoid a lengthy injury, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be challenging for his third Golden Boot come the end of the campaign.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool (5.50)
It is no secret that Liverpool has made an iffy start to the season, but Salah cannot be accused of letting his team down. The Egyptian King has already scored nine league goals this term, despite missing a number of matches due to coronavirus.
Salah put down a marker on Matchday 1, netting a hat-trick against Leeds. He then bagged a brace against Aston Villa before punishing Everton, West Ham, and Man City.
I believe the arrival of Diogo Jota has forced Liverpool’s favored front three – Salah, Mane, and Firmino – to up their game. There is now genuine competition for places in the Reds’ forward line, and that can only be a good thing for the team.
With Jota continuing to score, Salah will know that his place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI is under threat. This will make the 2017/18 Golden Boot winner even more hungry for goals.
Salah now has 81 goals in just 117 Premier League appearances for Liverpool. That’s an average of 0.7 goals per game. If he maintains his current rate, he will almost certainly find himself among the top scorers this season.
Jamie Vardy – Leicester (6.50)
Vardy beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings to the Golden Boot by just a single goal last season, netting 23 times in 35 appearances. Unsurprisingly, the Leicester hitman has picked up where he left off last term.
The veteran striker scored a double against West Brom on the opening day, before smashing a hat-trick against Man City on Matchday 3. A calf injury kept him on the sidelines in October, but he bounced straight back with a three-game scoring streak.
It is worth pointing out that Vardy has actually only scored four goals from open play this season. Indeed, he has already converted five penalties in the Premier League, and he would have ten goals to his name if he didn’t miss another spot-kick.
Most forwards are declining at the age of 33, yet it feels like Vardy still has so much to offer. With his blistering pace, intelligent runs, and pin-point finishing, he could easily secure successive Golden Boots.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton (7.00)
Calvert-Lewin was nowhere near the Golden Boot favorites prior to the start of the 2020/21 campaign, but following a blistering start to the season, his odds have been slashed to 7.00.
The striker scored in each of Everton’s opening five league games, and he has since bagged three goals across the subsequent five matches. Along with his EFL Cup exploits, the 23-year-old has notched up 11 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions this term.
It’s not exactly a surprise to see Calvert-Lewin doing so well. He has always caused opposition defenses problems. However, under the guidance of experienced manager Carlo Ancelotti, the young forward has undeniably taken his game to another level.
Ancelotti has recognized his main strengths – heading and one-touch finishing. This has seen the Toffees boss use Calvert-Lewin solely as an out-and-out striker, allowing him to focus primarily on scoring goals.
Calvert-Lewin is an old-fashioned center forward. He may not be the most glamorous player, but when it comes to hitting the back of the net, he is now regarded as one of the best in the league.
Son Heung-min – Tottenham (11.00)
Only Calvert-Lewin has scored more EPL goals that Son this season. The South Korean has enjoyed his best start to a campaign, and there is no reason why he can’t continue to compete with the top scorers in the league.
Son opened his 2020/21 in style, netting four goals in a single game against Southampton on Matchday 2. A fortnight later, a scored double in Spurs 6-1 thrashing of Man Utd, before taking his tally to eight goals in six league matches with strikes against West Ham and Burnley.
The Tottenham forward has only managed to hit the target once in his last four Premier League outings, although I’m sure it won’t be too long before he returns to scoring ways.
With Kane becoming increasingly generous with his assists, Son looks set to add many more goals to his already impressive tally this term. The pair now sit second in the Premier League’s all-time goal/assist combination rankings, so their understanding gives Son an excellent chance of clinching the Golden Boot.
4 – Harry Kane has assisted all four of Son Heung-Min's goals against Southampton today – the first time in @premierleague history one player has assisted another four times in a single match. Fabulous. pic.twitter.com/EloGFWjEyE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 20, 2020
Timo Werner – Chelsea (12.00)
Werner may be six goals behind Calvert-Lewin at the moment, but if his track record is anything to go by, I don’t think it would take him long to catch up with the top scorers in the division.
Over the past couple of years, the German international has established himself as one of the deadliest marksmen in European soccer. He scored 95 goals in 159 appearances for RB Leipzig, earning himself a summer move to Chelsea.
Don’t get me wrong, Werner’s tally of four goals in ten matches is very respectable, especially when you consider that he is still settling in at his new club and getting used to a new league. But it is surely only a matter of time before he unlocks his full potential in the EPL.
Chelsea is playing an exciting brand of attacking soccer under Frank Lampard, so Werner is bound to start scoring on a consistent basis soon. I mean, I’d be hugely surprised if he didn’t.
With flying full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James providing top-quality service and assist-king Hakim Ziyech beginning to find his feet at Stamford Bridge, I’m confident that Werner will finish among the top scorers in the Premier League this season.
Does Anyone Else Stand a Chance?
The odds for Sadio Mane (23.00) to win the 2020/21 Golden Boot look very attractive at the moment. The Reds forward hasn’t made the best start to the season, but with three-quarters of the campaign remaining, he has plenty of time to make up ground.
Diogo Jota (23.00) currently has one goal more than his Liverpool teammate, although Mane has been far more prolific than Jota in recent years.
I can’t see Bruno Fernandes (23.00) finishing as the league’s top scorer, simply because he isn’t really a forward. It will also be very difficult for Ollie Watkins (23.00) to keep pace with the frontrunners, as Aston Villa aren’t likely to produce as many opportunities as the stronger teams in the division.
Raheem Sterling (26.00) doesn’t seem to be in the same scoring mood as the previous two campaigns, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29.00) – who won a share of the Golden Boot in 2018/19 – has only managed to net two goals this term.
Patrick Bamford (34.00) has racked up seven goals already this season, including a hat-trick against Villa. But like Watkins, Bamford could struggle in a team that isn’t likely to be challenging the league’s top teams.
With Man City being such an attacking threat, the bookmakers probably feel they have to include Gabriel Jesus (34.00). But the Brazilian has only made four EPL appearances this term, scoring twice. I can’t see him competing for the Golden Boot.
I always love keeping a close eye on the Premier League goalscoring charts. With many of the world’s best forwards operating in England’s top-flight, there is never a dull moment in the EPL Golden Boot race.
And this season is no exception!
With Tottenham and Liverpool gearing up for a title challenge, I like the look of Kane and Salah at the moment. However, it is difficult to ignore the start that Calvert-Lewin has made.
I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Werner and Mane fly up the scoring standings in the coming months. Both players have the ability to string together a goal streak, so their odds could be slashed before long.
The prices for this market will continue to fluctuate as the campaign unfolds, so make sure you keep up to date with the sportsbooks’ latest odds as the season progresses.