Kane Favored to Wrest Golden Boot from Salah in EPL Season

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 6:02 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018 6:02 PM UTC

The race for the Golden Boot starts here and the competition seems to have risen in public awareness over the last few years, perhaps in part because of the strong chance of an Englishman (Harry Kane) winning it.

<p>The 2017-18 season was pretty much dominated by a newcomer, Mohammed Salah, winning the Golden Boot, the first time that had happened since Robin Van Persi won it in his first season at Manchester United in the 2012-13 season. To be fair, both players had experience in the Premier League before but they were at new clubs for those seasons, Van Persie moving from Arsenal and having had previous experience at Chelsea.</p><p>Mo Salah did it in style as well, scoring 32 goals, the highest since Alan Shearer scored 34 goals in a 42-game season. That was a significant distance ahead of the Golden Boot winner from the 1997-98 season when Dion Dublin, Michael Owen and Chris Sutton all scored 18.</p><p>Last season's top 3 goalscorers were Salah with 32, Harry Kane with 30 (the first time in the Premier League era a player has scored 30 or more goals and NOT won the Golden Boot) and Sergio Aguero with 21. Despite making a strong start, Romela Lukaku scored only 16 goals, though you would expect him to get more in his second season at Old Trafford.</p><p>So, <a href="http://Ehttps://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/english-premier-league/" title="EPL Odds">who are the likely suspects to win the Golden Boot this season</a>? The top 5 as ranked by <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>:</p><p>Harry Kane +275<br />Mohamed Salah +400<br />Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang +650<br />Sergio Aguero +750<br />Romelu Lukaku +1000</p><p>I think it’s pretty fair to say that the top goalscorer will come from one of those five unless someone like Gonzalo Higuain comes in from Juventus, which could still happen.</p><p>I believe Kane, barring injury, will have another strong shout. He’s a determined player and takes this individual award very seriously.</p><p>Salah will find it harder in his second season, not because of any silly theories like “the opposition will watch him more carefully now” but because Liverpool has brought in other players that will get their share of goals, and I think we’ll see more team goals from them and less reliability on a certain individual.</p><p>Aubameyang will struggle to get among the top goalscorers. He’s an excellent player but this is a season where Arsenal has not only brought in a new coach but also a number of new players, and by the time Arsenal gets into its stride, Aubameyang may find the opportunity has passed him by.</p><p>Aguero has had injury issues over the last few years and unfortunately, I expect that to be repeated this season. It’s a shame as he’s a wonderful player and a full season from him could see him at the top of the goal-scoring charts.</p><p>Which leaves Lukaku. If we’re talking “value” then he’s probably the one you should be betting on (maybe with an eye on trading out later). Manchester United has not made a lot of changes but the signing they have made that could make a real difference is Fred from Shakhtar. He’s a player with great balance and a lot of ingenuity. If he starts the season in form then Lukaku may find that a lot of chances are created for him.</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">My money is on Kane</a>, but injuries could make that a losing bet. As always, I’ll be careful with my stakes. Where is your money going?</p>
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