Bookmakers appear to be dismissing Jamie Vardy’s chances of securing back-to-back Golden Boots despite opening up the Premier League season with a brace on Sunday.
Last season, 33-year-old Vardy became the oldest winner of the top scorer gong in the Premier League era as he notched 23 goals, defying pre-season odds of 25/1 in the process.
Betfair opened this season with a price of 22/1 on Vardy’s head in their top scorer market, but even two goals in the Foxes’ opening game of the season only saw his odds cut to 13/1.
Other online bookmakers, such as SportNation and RedZone, give the former England striker a better chance at 9/1, but with Vardy set to turn 34 in January it seems age is being heavily factored into his odds.
Granted, both of his goals game from the penalty spot in Leicester’s 3-0 win over West Brom on Sunday, but likewise 11/4 top scorer favourite Mohamed Salah hit two from 12 yards as he completed a hat-trick on day one.
The Liverpool forward was the best player on the pitch as Liverpool somewhat fortunately edged Leeds 4-3 in an opening day thriller at Anfield, a performance which saw Salah move in from 11/2 joint-favourite to outright leader.
Indeed, Salah became only the ninth player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League season, thumping in two penalties and a half-volley to deny Leeds what would have been a worthy result.
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The pre-season joint-favourite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also got off the mark in the opening game of the season with a sublime finish in Arsenal’s impressive 3-0 win away to Fulham, nudging him in from 11/2 to 4/1 just behind hat-trick hero Salah.
As ever, Harry Kane remains well-backed in the market but his weak form during the recent international break followed by a blank as Spurs lost 1-0 to Everton in their opener has seen his odds drift out from 5/1 to 7/1 with BetVictor.
It’s certainly too early to write off the England striker, who will be desperate to reclaim the Golden Boot having been top scorer in 2015/16 and 2016/17, although injuries have hampered his chances of winning the award for a third time in recent seasons.
The same can be said of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who has won the Golden Boot only once in his long and prolific stint in the Premier League, with his suspect injury record making him an 11/1 outsider this term.
Meanwhile, Chelsea fans have high hopes for new striker Timo Werner, who made his Premier League debut against Brighton on Monday night, with the German’s reputation for finding the back of the net seeing him handed top scorer odds of 8/1 in his first season in English football.