The 30th Premier League season begins on Friday 13 August and followers look forward to a thrilling opener. The curtain goes up with a London derby as newly-promoted Brentford host Arsenal. Both teams are under pressure to get off to a winning start and that tension should make for a thrilling 90 minutes in West London.
Bookmakers have had their say on how they expect the season to go, and bettors can wager on the team they expect to win the league. There are also several eye-catching specials, including top-four finish, top-six finish, relegation, bottom finish and player of the year.
Pre-season is the most popular time to make these types of bets, but the leading sportsbooks keep their outright markets alive throughout the campaign. The odds will be updated to reflect scores, form and league standing.
Top goalscorer market gives a long-term interest
One Premier League special not yet mentioned is one that lovers of the beautiful game enjoy betting on. The top goalscorer market provides backers with a season-long interest in not only their chosen player but in his competition to finish as the league’s highest scorer. The form of a team doesn’t matter with this bet.
When placing a top goalscorer bet, you are predicting which player will finish the season in May with more league goals scored than any other in the running. The right selection could keep you invested in the results right up to the final minute of week 38. Only the best online betting apps offer this market, but it’s one well worth searching for as there are some great value selections to be found as well as the opportunity to gamble each way.
As with any sports bet you place, it’s important to do your homework. The more research you conduct before making your selections, the better your chances of landing a profit. Read form, transfers, injury news, recent interviews, watch video clips of the past season and investigate the trends. It’s impossible to do enough research into your bets.
Here are the last five top Premier League goalscorers
|PLAYER - TEAM||GOALS - SEASON|
|Harry Kane - Tottenham||23 - 2020/21|
|Jamie Vardy - Leicester||23 - 2019/20|
|Mo Salah - Liverpool||22 - 2018/19|
|Mo Salah - Liverpool||32 - 2017/18|
|Harry Kane - Tottenham||29 - 2016/17|
Uncertainty over the favourite
Kane starts as a favourite in the top goalscorer betting market with all major sportsbooks, which comes as little surprise. The England striker has won the Golden Boot in two of the last five seasons and heads into this campaign as defending champion.
The Londoner’s future remains uncertain with a big-money move to Man City hanging in the balance and, whatever the result, that could unsettle the striker. He also didn’t reach the heights expected at Euro 2020, with Kane failing to score a single goal in the competition’s group stages. That could encourage value hunters and lovers of a big price to oppose Kane.
Those likely to be popular include Mo Salah, the second favourite and a point bigger in the betting. If Liverpool can bounce back from their disappointing season, the Egyptian will have every chance of rewarding supporters with a profit. Check out Bruno Fernandes, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Raheem Sterling, who all have chances.
The latter was the England hero at Euro 2020, firing his side to the top of their group with goals against Croatia and the Czech Republic. If given enough game time this year and is settled at the club, he can challenge for this award.
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