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Now the time to get back on Van Persie top scorer bandwagon

| 17.04.2013

Despite his obvious talents amounting to making Luis Suarez one of the Premier League’s finest players, few could argue that the Liverpool star has often been guilty of wastefulness in front of goal since arriving in England.

And although that has been much less the case this term, when Suarez has hit 22 top-flight strikes, now may be the time to oppose the Uruguayan in the Premier League top scorer betting market.

Suarez is odds-on at 8/15 to land the accolade, but with the tricky forward just two strikes ahead of 20-goal Robin Van Persie, his recent four-match goal drought must be of some concern.

By contrast, Van Persie ended a barren run by notching in his last outing against Stoke, and the 6/4 Dutchman is now preparing for a run of fixtures opposing sides he has enjoyed much success against in recent times.

Indeed, next up for Manchester United is West Ham, whom last season’s leading Premier League scorer has bagged two goals in as many appearances against this season alone.

And of the sides United are yet to face this term, it is worth noting that Van Persie has scored 13 times in 15 starts against them over the past two seasons, both for Arsenal and the Red Devils.

Also, another point to consider when placing a bet on the Premier League top scorer is the respective set-piece duties of both Suarez and Van Persie.

Whilst the former sometimes shares free-kick responsibilities with Steven Gerrard, only the absence of Liverpool’s captain would see him given the chance to take a penalty for the Reds.

Van Persie, on the other hand, has been named by Sir Alex Ferguson as United’s first-choice penalty-taker, whilst the Dutchman is also partial to efforts on goal in free-kick situations.

With the Old Trafford outfit riding the crest of a wave en route to a 20th Premier League title too, it looks wise to invest in Van Persie to finish as the top flight’s leading goalscorer whilst 6/4 remains available about that outcome.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee