EPL Top Scorer Preview




The 2015-16 English Premier League season is right around the corner and it's time to start looking ahead at how yet another year of glorious English football will play out. The Premier League has an arsenal of gifted scorers and this year's Golden Boot race should be a good one. With several talented new entries and former winners going head-to-head, punters will have a deep pool of players from which to choose.

Sergio Aguero (3/1)

Last season’s top scorer is favourite to win the golden boot again in the coming campaign. Sergio Aguero is the man who will be gunning to fire the Citizens back to the title. In a team, that has David Silva, Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling as creative talents, expect him to be even more deadly next season. A big concern is that the Argentine may be fatigued from the Copa America and – not forgetting his history with injuries.

Diego Costa (11/2)

Diego Costa is another star man who needs to keep his injury record in check if he wants to become the Premier League’s top goalscorer in this upcoming campaign. After a terrific start to the season, with seven goals in his first four games, Costa looked to be the world-class striker Chelsea had been waiting for. He continued to be terrific until he got injured, just like Aguero, and Costa’s troubles continued until the end of the season. With Mourinho describing him as “fragile.” Despite these consistent problems, the striker must be looking forward to the new season with a sense of optimism and confidence. He comes into his second season of the Premier League as a champion, with the best squad in the land, which can only improve his confidence.

Harry Kane (12/1)

Harry Kane, was a name we knew barely anything about when 2014/15 began. But by the end of the season we were growing almost tired of hearing his name on the score sheet (unless you’re a Spurs fan, of course). But there is something in what the multitude of commentators said which cannot be denied: he is a truly remarkable talent. He scored 31 goals, in all competitions by the end of last season – more than any of his Premier League contemporaries, and his campaign only really got started in November. His rise to prominence was absolutely phenomenal. But some doubts remain about the young London-born striker. Many believe Kane’s goalscoring form was nothing more than a one-season wonder and he’ll need to prove himself again this season.

Wayne Rooney (12/1)

This campaign could be one of Wayne Rooney’s most important yet, because Manchester United are going to be charging for the title, for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. With the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Rooney will now be able to move to where he is most effective, up front. People often forget that Rooney is a history-making Premier League scorer, and you can never truly rule out Rooney from any goal scoring market. And with United, now bustling with creative talent, and a manager who gets the very best out of his players, don’t be shocked if Rooney takes the league by storm this season.

Christian Benteke (16/1)

Liverpool's marquee signing, Christian Benteke is a strong contender this year. With Daniel Sturridge seemingly chronically injured the Belgian figures to be the Reds' main source of goals. The only concern would be whether Benteke will fit into Brendon Rodgers' Liverpool system. We saw last year when Mario Balotelli was into the Reds' front line, the Italian struggled. However, Benteke is a proven goalscorer in the Premiker League and he should bang in the goals this season.

Alexis Sanchez (20/1)

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez settled into his new environment and scored 16 goals in 25 Premier League appearances and 25 from 52 in all competitions for the Gunners. Sanchez is not an out-and-out striker as he usually plays on the wing, but his very deadly in front of goal. He didn’t score too much in the Copa America but he’s a different beast in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard (20/1)

Eden Hazard tore apart the Premiership during the 2014/15 season, scoring 14 goals and winning Football of the Year whilst doing so. Hazard brings the magic that can win matches in one action and has the flair and artist's touch of the football. He’s been compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but if Hazard wants to be the best he’ll need to be more prolific in front of goal. Hazard will once again be the driving force behind any success that Chelsea are to have this season and this time he’ll need to score more goals.

Olivier Giroud (25/1)

Olivier Giroud seems at first glance like a good option as Arsenal’s first-choice striker but in three seasons in the Premier League, his best finish was just 6th, which he achieved last season. His team-mate Theo Walcott has had each of the last two seasons disrupted by injury, but he is now fitter, stronger and perhaps he will be a regular starter.

Memphis Depay (25/1)

Memphis Depay signed for Manchester United in June, having top scored for Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven last time out. He is untested in the Premier League, but the Dutch striker seems to have a natural goalscoring ability.

Prediction

We think the top scorer will come from either Rooney, Costa or Aguero. With Robin van Persie sold and more-than adequate central midfielders acquired in the summer, Rooney will again be restored as the focal point of the United attack. The England striker is just 19 goals shy of Bobby Charlton’s record haul of 249 goals for the club, and a target of 20 league goals this term doesn’t seem unreasonable.

Full List:               
3/1 SERGIO AGUERO (MAN CITY)
11/2 DIEGO COSTA (CHELSEA)
12/1 HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM)
12/1 WAYNE ROONEY (MAN UTD)
16/1 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (LIVERPOOL)
20/1 ALEXIS SANCHEZ (ARSENAL)
20/1 EDEN HAZARD (CHELSEA)
25/1 DANIEL STURRIDGE (LIVERPOOL)
25/1 MEMPHIS DEPAY (MAN UTD)
25/1 OLIVIER GIROUD (ARSENAL)
33/1 RADAMEL FALCAO (CHELSEA)
33/1 THEO WALCOT (ARSENAL)
33/1 WILFRIED BONY (MAN CITY)
40/1 LOIC REMY (CHELSEA)
40/1 ROMELU LUKAKU (EVERTON)
50/1 JAY RODRIGUEZ (SOUTHAMPTON)
50/1 RAHEEM STIRLING (MAN CITY)
50/1 SAIDO BERAHINO (WEST BROM)
50/1 TROY DEENEY (WATFORD)
66/1 ALEKSANDER MITROVIC (NEWCASTLE)
66/1 CALLUM WILSON (BOURNEMOUTH)
66/1 DANNY INGS (LIVERPOOL)
66/1 DIAFRA SAKHO (WEST HAM)
66/1 GRAZIANO PELLE (SOUTHAMPTON)
66/1 PATRICK BAMFORD (CRYSTAL PALACE)
66/1 ROBERTO FIRMINO (LIVERPOOL)
66/1 SADIO MANE (SOUTHAMPTON
66/1 YAYA TOURE (MAN CITY)
80/1 DAVID SILVA (MAN CITY)
80/1 DIVOCK ORIGI (LIVERPOOL)
80/1 MAME DIOUF (STOKE)
80/1 MARIO BALOTELLI (LIVERPOOL)
100/1 BAFETIMBI GOMIS (SWANSEA)
100/1 DANNY WELBECK (ARSENAL)
100/1 ENNER VALENCIA (WEST HAM)
100/1 GYLFI SIGURDSSON (SWANSEA)
100/1 JAMES WILSON (MAN UTD)
100/1 JERMAIN DEFOE (SUNDERLAND)
100/1 JORDAN AYEW (ASTON VILLA)
100/1 KRKIC BOJAN (STOKE)
100/1 ODION JUDE IGHALO (WATFORD)
150/1 ANDRE AYEW (SWANSEA)
150/1 ANDREJ KRAMARIC (LEICESTER)
150/1 KEVIN MIRALLAS (EVERTON)
150/1 MATEJ VYDRA (WATFORD)
150/1 MATO JOSELU (STOKE)
150/1 PAPISS CISSE (NEWCASTLE)
150/1 PETER CROUCH (STOKE)