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Tevez may have made his final appearance for Manchester City

| 13.04.2011

If Carlos Tevez has torn a hamstring like he suggested last night, Dimitar Berbatov looks a shoe-in for the Premier League’s top scorer award.

Tevez was the 10/11 odds-on favourite to land the golden boot until Berbatov scored his 21st league goal of the season against Fulham on Saturday, and the injury to Tevez in Manchester City’s tie with Liverpool last night means it is now the Bulgarian who is odds-on.

Berbatov is 4/6 to finish the season as the Premier League’s top scorer and if it is a hamstring tear that Carlos Tevez has suffered, he is unlikely to play much part for the rest of the season making the 4/6 incredible value.

Berbatov (21) is currently two goals clear of Tevez (19) with Darren Bent and Andy Carroll a long way back in third on 13 goals, and with just six games left in the Premier League season, the two-goal margin is a big one.

Even if Tevez does make a rapid return to action, he still has the two-goal gap to make up and as the minutes tick away, Berbatov’s top scorer odds are just going to shorten.

The announcement from Manchester City will be eagerly anticipated by punters and confirmation that Tevez will miss the rest of the season would see Berbatov go extremely short in the top scorer betting.

Should Tevez miss the rest of the season then the Argentine may have played his final game for Manchester City as the whispers that suggest Tevez is definitely leaving at the end of the season begin to get louder.

Whether Tevez stays in the Premier League remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, his loss would hurt Manchester City.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.