At the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, only two players seemed likely to challenge for the Golden Boot as the division’s highest goalscorer. Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah were the men listed as clear favourites and while others would believe they had a claim, the tipsters weren’t looking beyond these two men.
After five games, while neither striker has set the EPL alight as of yet, things seem to be going to plan.
After five games of the new campaign, both Salah and Kane had registered two league goals. Current top scorer, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, now has five following his hat-trick against Cardiff City, but in general, the betting sites remain focused on Tottenham and Liverpool’s key men.
Admittedly, there is a new favourite in some areas but punters are wary of getting behind the 7/2 available on Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who has taken the Golden Boot in the past but tends to fall behind because of his injury prone record.
The smart money is, therefore, sticking with Kane at a general 4/1 and Salah at an industry best of 11/2 and while they have started the campaign with identical records, the media seem to be viewing them quite differently.
In the wake of Spurs’ Champions League defeat away to Inter Milan, the main news story surrounding Harry Kane states that the club should have managed the striker following his return from the World Cup in Russia. The report claims that the striker is in need of a rest and that his club are ignoring clear signs.
A similar search for Mo Salah focuses on a goal celebration in Liverpool’s win over PSG while there are isolated stories comparing the Egyptian with Neymar and also with Eden Hazard. In short, it’s a mixed bag but none of those stories concentrate on his form or fitness.
Certain Spurs fans feel that Liverpool are very much ‘media darlings’ while the press focus on the negative side of their own team so does this serve as evidence to back up those claims?
Another current article in the press relates to Salah and his relationship on the pitch with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and this could possibly give us a clue to the media’s angle. Mane, who has four goals this season, along with Firmino, provide vital support to Salah while Kane is perceived as the man who carries his side’s hopes alone.
Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have offered important scoring contributions in the past but they’ve been quiet in 2018/19 so far and interestingly, Spurs’ back-up striker Fernando Llorente has yet to make an appearance this season.
Despite, the contrasting media opinions and the claims of other players, the tipsters suggest that the Golden Boot battle will remain a straight fight between Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane – just as it was last season.
Aguero could be a man to watch but despite Mane, Hazard, Lucas Moura and Raheem Sterling all outscoring the two key men, all of these names carry distant odds in the Golden Boot betting with Mane at 10/1 and current EPL leading scorer Hazard way out at 12/1. There’s a long way to go but punters can expect the battle for the Golden Boot to involve a tale of two strikers once again.