Premier League golden boot race: Latest odds and tips 2021/22
The race for the Premier League golden boot is one of the most hotly-contested events of the year, sorting the good players from the greats.
Harry Kane endured a stellar campaign last season to lift it for the third time – only Thierry Henry has won it more times – but faces an uphill task if he is to outscore some of his rivals following a slow start to the season.
Here 101 Great Goals looks at odds and tips for the 2021/22 Premier League golden boot, from which players are favourites to lift the treasured prize and who could run them close.
Golden boot favourites
Mo Salah is enjoying another incredible season in front of goal netting 16 in 20 league matches. The winger is averaging 0.81 goals per 90 minutes and he currently leads the competition by six goals, but has missed the last few games due to international commitments with Egypt. Salah’s involvement at the AFCON could give the competition a chance to close the gap on the Egyptian, however, they face a steep task trying to catch him and 2/7 odds make him the clear favourite.
The goals have dried up over recent weeks for Cristiano Ronaldo, with just two goals in his last seven league outings. He is currently sitting on eight goals in total and it will take some doing for him to catch Salah, but if anyone can, it is Ronaldo. Man United have some favourable fixtures coming up, as they take on Burnley, Southampton, Leeds and Watford which could give him a chance to cash in and shorten current odds of 10/1.
Golden boot challengers
Jamie Vardy is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury having made a blistering start to the season with nine goals. He has been missing for Leicester’s last five outings and will return to a side that has been unable to hit the heights of recent seasons, somewhat damaging his chances of scoring as reflected in odds of 25/1.
England captain Harry Kane could be the strongest shout of the outside favourites. He has made a slow start to the season with just five league goals to his name but under Antonio Conte, he has looked revitalised and motivated. Kane has four goals to his name in his last five league appearances and given his history and pedigree, it would not be a surprise to see him close in on the frontrunners and see those odds of 20/1 cut drastically.
The Portuguese forward is the closest player to catching his teammate Mo Salah. Diogo Jota has netted 10 goals this campaign and forced his way into the regular XI, proving himself to be a crucial member of Klopp’s side and taking Roberto Firmino’s place in the line-up. At 12/1 he is one of the players expected to be up there by the end of the season.
Golden boot outsiders
Romelu Lukaku‘s return to England and Chelsea has been a very difficult one so far with just five league goals after 16 matches. Following a promising start to the season, the Belgian’s form has been curtailed over the last few months. He has had injuries and illnesses to battle with this term and in the coming weeks, he will be hoping to get back to his best but at 33/1 is probably too far away to be considered a serious contender.
Heung-min Son has once again proved to be a crucial player for Tottenham. The forward is up to eight league goals for the season so far despite an injury-hit campaign. With Kane also looking back in form, he will be eager to link up with his teammate when back. Last season, the duo broke the Premier League record for most prolific partnership in a single campaign – combining 14 times, and he is another rated as 33/1.
Sadio Mane (33/1 odds)
The forward has netted eight league goals in 20 appearances this season. Sadio Mane’s parting gift to Liverpool before leaving for the AFCON was a goal at Stamford Bridge. However, his form over recent months has dipped with that goal his only one in his last eight appearances, to put him at 33/1 as well.
Raheem Sterling (66/1 odds)
Raheem Sterling is even further out at 66/1 despite cementing his spot in Pep Guardiola’s Man City side this season. The forward has seven goals to his name so far and is likely to have plenty of chances to add to his tally unless he once again becomes a victim of rotation.
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