Coral’s club-by-club top scorer guide for Premier League 2015/16
To celebrate the start of the Premier League season, Coral have opened club-by-club markets on who will be top scorer for all 20 teams competing in the top flight. This is our football experts’ guide to the best bets.
Arsene Wenger starting Theo Walcott (5/2) ahead of Olivier Giroud (15/8) in the Community Shield could be an indicator that the England attacker will play as a centre forward this season. Alexis Sanchez’s extended break after winning the Copa America with Chile means he should be avoided at 6/4.
Emmanuel Adebayor, yet to officially sign for Tim Sherwood’s side, is 7/4 favourite to be top dog at Villa Park, but there is more to like about those making a step up instead of an initial impact player who then goes off the boil. Jordan Ayew is appealing at 5/2, but teriffic 3/1 odds for Rudy Gestede are what we advocate after his awesome Championship campaign.
Max Gradel returning to the Cherries is a coup, but it’s odds-on 4/7 favourite Callum Wilson – top scorer for Eddie Howe en route to taking the Championship title – that we’re waxing lyrical about. He’s young, hungry to test himself at Premier League level and just signed a new deal at Dean County.
Diego Costa’s dodgy hamstring means an odds-on 2/5 price has considerable doubt hanging over it. With on-loan Radamel Falcao (8/1) yet to get up to speed, Belgium sensation Eden Hazard is a nifty 9/2 to be leading marksman at Stamford Bridge.
With Dwight Gayle (6/1) set to join Fulham for the season and loanee Patrick Bamford (11/4 favourite) stepping up from the Championship, it’s leading Eagles league marksman from last term Glenn Murray again at 7/2, or new striker signing Connor Wickham (also 6/1) we recommend.
With question marks hanging over the future of Kevin Mirallas (6/1), fellow Belgium international Romelu Lukaku is the obvious candidate, but is odds-on at 2/7. There’s more to come from 8/1 chance Steven Naismith, but not enough to overhaul the Toffees’ record signing.
Leonardo Ulloa stepped up impressively if not consistently last term, but 15/8 to repeat being top Foxes poacher just doesn’t stack up. Andrej Kramaric, who has had time to adjust to life in England, looks a better punt at a tasty 10/3. Don’t discount summer signing and Japan ace Shinji Okazaki at 7/2 either.
A fit and firing Christian Benteke makes for an even-money favourite at Anfield after a £32.5m move from Villa. Should Daniel Sturridge (5/2) return from injury and get back to his best, however, then the England international is tempting. Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, also new arrivals on Merseyside, are both 6/1 shots to be Liverpool leading marksman.
Sergio Aguero scooped the overall Premier League Golden Boot last term, so it’s no wonder he’s strongly odds-on at 1/5 to be Man City’s top man again. It’s hard to see past the lethal Argentina international, but Yaya Toure is 10/1 to rediscover his 2013/14 form. New £49m signing Raheem Sterling is 14/1.
Although Red Devils captain Wayne Rooney is the odds-on 8/13 favourite to be their top scorer again, Dutch wide attacker Memphis Depay was leading marksman in the Eredivisie last term. He can carry that form over to the Premier League and step up. A better 5/2 price could have punters walking in Memphis.
Serbian striker and summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic is a 2/1 joint-favourite with Senegal counterpart Papiss Cisse in this market for St James’ Park. Both have a lot to prove, as the Belgian league is way below English standards and the latter has some fitness issues. Georginio Wijnaldum (9/2), like Depay above, played an integral part in PSV Eindhoven’s Eredivisie title win, and is the reigning Dutch footballer of the year.
Box-to-box midfielder Bradley Johnson (9/2) is unlikely to repeat his 15-goal haul from the Championship, but Canaries coach Alex Neil should also stick with last term’s top scorer Cameron Jerome, and he looks a worthy 5/2 favourite to repeat at Carrow Road.
Graziano Pelle blew hot and cold in 2014/15, but the Italy international was the best Saints striker and is thus odds-on at 5/6 to be so again. Jay Rodriguez has been rampant upon his return from injury in pre-season, however, so is a superb shout at 2/1.
Speaking of injury comebacks, why not back Bojan Krkic at 9/2 to be Potters top scorer? Mame Biram Diouf (2/1), plus Peter Crouch, Joselu and Jon Walters (all also 9/2) should bring the best out of the Spanish star, with Mark Hughes clearly intending to build the side around him.
It’d be tempting to tout a proven Premier League poacher like Jermain Defoe (11/10) or Steven Fletcher (2/1) to best Black Cats marksman, Too tempting. Defoe’s legs are ageing, while Fletcher cannot stay fit. This makes Dutch wideman Jeremain Lens worth a punt a 7/2.
Will Bafetimbi Gomis (5/4) or new arrival Eder (11/4) score sufficient goals to justify their prices? There’s much more to like about choosing from 4/1 shots Andre Ayew or Gylfi Sigurdsson continuing a Swans tradition of support through plenty of goals from attacking midfield.
Like Aguero above with Man City, Spurs striker Harry Kane is a worthy and firm odds-on 1/5 favourite to be top man in front of goal for Tottenham. You cannot look past him unless Mauricio Pochettino makes signings to supplement him at White Hart Lane.
Hornets captain Troy Deeney looks the man most likely to step up to Premier League level, but is odds-on at 4/5 to be their hotshot. Matej Vydra (6/1) played poorly in the top flight with West Bromwich Albion, though Odion Ighalo is nifty at 9/4 if his own scoring exploits weren’t a fluke.
West Bromwich Albion
Speaking of the Baggies, much depends on them retaining prized asset Saido Berahino (odd-son 4/6 favourite). He will leave eventually, and that makes Tony Pulis striker signing Rickie Lambert, who will be the England call-up’s foil at The Hawthorns, a safer bet at 5/2.
West Ham United
Enner Valencia’s untimely injury rules him out of consideration at 5/1. Siding with Diafra Sakho seems sensible, if short, at an odds-on 8/13 price. Could Andy Carroll (6/1) stay fit and have a Hammers renaissance under Slaven Bilic?