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Premier League top scorer odds: Salah still red-hot favourite despite absence

| 30.01.2022

Premier League top scorer odds and contenders

Mo Salah may be away on international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations but the Liverpool attacker remains 1/4 in the Premier League top scorer odds.

The Liverpool attacker is still six goals clear of nearest rival and team-mate Diogo Jota who did not add to his tally in his two games before the winter break.

The FA Cup immediately follows the winter break so Salah is in the driving seat to win the Golden Boot for a third time.

Here we assess the chances of the leading contenders to top the Premier League goal chart.

Mo Salah

Egypt progressed to the quarter-finals in Cameroon but Salah’s Golden Boot rivals gained no ground on the 16-goal forward while he has been away.

If the Pharaohs manage to reach the final on February 6, Salah is unlikely to be back in action to face Leicester four days later, so a trip to Burnley could see him return to Premier League action on February 13.

Diogo Jota

Jota has already scored more goals than he did in the whole of his debut season, but despite starting against both Brentford and Crystal Palace he failed to make inroads into Salah’s total.

The former Wolves striker made it 10 for the campaign with the equaliser in the draw with Tottenham but fluffed his lines in a one-on-one at Selhurst Park, although he was eventually awarded a penalty after a VAR review.

Fabinho was given the task of converting the spot-kick, so Jota remains at 12/1 to finish as the top scorer in the Premier League.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has failed to score in his last three outings and is still 14/1 in the Premier League top scorer odds.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was fuming with interim head coach Ralf Rangnick for bringing him off in the 3-1 win at Brentford and he fired blanks against West Ham at Old Trafford where substitute Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time winner.

With eight goals this season – half the number of Salah – the 36-year-old Portuguese could do with one of his trademark hat-tricks to get back in the running.

Harry Kane

Kane scored his fifth goal of the season in the stunning 3-2 victory at Leicester which saw his odds of winning the Golden Boot cut from 33/1 to 25/1 as a result, but was denied a sixth for a push on Thiago Silva in the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

The England captain found the net in the last three games of December and netted his first top-flight goal of 2022 at the King Power to boost his chances of being crowned Premier League top scorer for a fourth time.

 

He is now 11 goals adrift of Salah though and with games running out will need to step on the gas if he is to catch Salah, starting with a couple of home games against Southampton and clean-sheet specialists Wolves.

Jamie Vardy

Vardy, the Golden Boot winner in the 2019-20 season, is the Premier League’s third highest scorer in the current campaign with nine goals, but a hamstring injury has ruled the Leicester striker out until March.

Being out for such a lengthy period means Vardy is unlikely to be challenging Salah for honours this season and his odds have gone out to 40/1 from 25/1.

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgium striker returned to Chelsea to great fanfare in the summer, but his £97.5m move from Inter Milan has fallen flat.

The former Manchester United and Everton forward has scored just five goals this season and had to apologise for an interview he gave expressing his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel, Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea

Lukaku has since kissed and made up with manager Thomas Tuchel, who described his squad as “mentally and physically tired” after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, although they had plenty of energy in a 2-0 win against London rivals Spurs.

At 40/1, Lukaku has a lot of catching up to do, something he will be hoping to do in March when the Blues face Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich.

Sadio Mane

Mane, like Salah, is competing at the Africa Cup of Nations, and his efforts have ensured Senegal have qualified for the quarter-finals.

Worryingly, Mane suffered a suspected concussion in a horrible collision with Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha in the round of 16, but stayed on the pitch and scored the opener before laying down on the halfway line and being substituted.

The former Southampton striker has eight for the season and is 50/1 in the Premier League top scorer odds as he looks to overhaul Reds team-mate Salah, the player with whom he shared the Golden Boot in the 2019-20 campaign alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Warren Barner