Each-way the key as Golden Boot returns
Had Ronaldo still been playing in the Premier League over the 2009/10 season, it's more than likely we would have seen a one horse race at the top of the betting for the Premier League Golden Boot.
Well... he has gone, but there's still a runaway leader in the betting.
Top of the stack in William Hill's Premier League Top Goalscorer betting is Liverpool's Spanish hit-man Fernando Torres.
Priced at 5/2 in the betting, Torres is short beyond belief considering his finishing position of fifth in last season's strikers list with only 13 goals. And with the ‘places paid' at ¼ of the odds for your selection finishing in the top four of the scorers' list, the smart money would be better placed on a season long each-way value punt.
Unfortunately we at Hill's are unable to provide a market on the number of occasions Chelsea's Didier Drogba will be through on goal, only to then fall over at the sniff of a nearing defender - but it's safe to say this will occur more than the Blues' striker actually hitting the back of the net.
Joking aside, the 8/1 second favourite will more than likely be ‘up there' and if you can bare the 2/1 place money, Drogba as a selection is most likely of worthy each-way returns.
Michael Owen who prowls around the six yard box waiting for a mislaid parry, is the third selection in the Top Goalscorer betting at 11/1 and, providing the new Manchester United signing can stay injury free, this punt could show a decent return as the Liverpool-born star appears to be scaring defensive back lines once again.
Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka was last year's Premier League number one striker managing to claim his 19th goal of the season against Sunderland. This was a Chelsea player's third time on the top scorer sheet after Drogba in 2006/07 and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink back in 2000/01 season.
Although Anelka won the trophy with only 19 goals (the second ever lowest figures for a Golden Boot title) it was satisfyingly enough to see Ronaldo toppled as leader of the pack.
You can back Anelka now at a fine price of 12/1 to repeat last season's glory.
A lot of hype constantly surrounds Manchester United's frontline staple Wayne Rooney but, with only 12 Premier League goals last season, he may be one to keep your betting balance away from. True enough Manchester United would not be the same team without his playmaking ability and vision but in this market, at the same price as Anelka? My money will be on the man in blue.
Arsenal can't remain unmentioned for long and the names that will have Premier League goalkeepers quaking in their gloves are not the out-and-out strikers Van Persie or Eduardo - 14s and 25s respectively for the Golden Boot - but Russian attacking midfield man Andrei Arshavin, whose four-goal haul at Anfield last season made him an instant success with Gunners fans.
They'll be backing the 27-year-old to fire the most cannons in the forthcoming Premier League season at odds of 20/1.
The wealthiest football team in the world, Manchester City, have to be factored in here with their newly formed English Galacticos.
If any team is capable of breaking into the dominance of "the Big Four" then surely it has to be Mark Hughes' men.
Led from the front by ex-Arsenal forward Emmanuel Adebayor, who put 10 goals away last season under Arsene Wenger, our odds of 20/1 say he'll score the most goals this season for City.
Slightly more tempting is former Real Madrid starlet, Robinho, who, for the same price represents better value, if only for the place odds.
Robinho netted four more than his new team-mate Adebayor over the previous season and could be the name to light up the Premier League in this year's campaign.
Carlos Tevez? At 25/1 the Argentinean has much to prove after signing for Hughes and will be keen to show Sir Alex Ferguson exactly what Manchester United lost out on in the summer.
Fancy one to watch away from the Premier League's bigger names? That'll be Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
At 66/1 does Ebanks-Blake represent the value each-way bet of all Premier League top scorers? He has been virtually unstoppable in The Championship for Wolves and could easily go the same way in this year's Premier League campaign as Mick McCarthy's side look to avoid the immediate drop back to lower league football.
The excitement and anticipation of the 2009/10 Premier League season is gaining momentum and wherever your allegiances lay, you're more than likely hungry to see ‘The greatest show on earth' begin in just under two weeks time. So why not heighten your interest and get your heart rate going by getting involved in a Premier League season long bet?
Make each & every ‘Match of the Day', ‘Soccer AM' and announcement on ‘Jeff's ticker' all the more important where the latest action will always count!
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