Is The Premier League Golden Boot a Done Deal?
At the beginning of the season, had you looked at a sportsbook at the casinos, you would have found the odds for the Golden Boot winner in the Premier League to be pretty close. In fact, out of all the online casinos Canada sportsbooks offered some of the tightest odds in this race. One man however may have completely blown all bets out of the water, in the shape of Manchester City’s Erling Braut Haaland. Currently, Haaland has 11 goals in just 7 games, a ridiculous statistic in all honesty. The question is, does this form mean that Haaland is going to post record numbers this year, and kill off the competition before it even begins?
To those who visited an online casino gambling on this race, Haaland was always going to be the favorite but there were other selections who could have challenged. Most however would have looked to the likes of Song Heung-Min at Spurs and Mo Salah at Liverpool, both of whom have started very slowly indeed. As it stands it is Harry Kane and Aleksander Mitrovic who are trying to keep up with Haaland, although they only have 6 goals a piece. In the case of Son and Salah, however, joint top scorers last season, they can rack up the goals pretty quickly. We only need to look at the 13-minute hattrick that the Spurs star scored last week, to show how fast things can change.
With Norway not featuring in the World Cup in Qatar, it worryingly gives Haaland plenty of time to rest in the middle of the season and to stay fit with private training sessions. In contrast, the likes of Kane and Son will feature, making it a long season for the pair. An injury could be the only thing to slow down Haaland’s form, and he does have a history of ankle injuries, even at such a young age. This break during the winter however will mean that he is in fine form all season, a big worry to those trying to catch him.
Manchester City Form
Whilst it does sound somewhat absurd to say, Manchester City could have a dip in form, especially regarding their defensive strength. The side has already drawn 2 games against lower-league opposition this season, despite having only played 7 games. This may not sound alarming but it is very unlike City and could indicate something for the season. Additionally City has a thinner side than they did last year, which could potentially see them dip in form around Winter. Should this happen it could be that Haaland has less service than he is used to, thus scoring goals at a lower rate.
Whilst there are a number of potential issues which could potentially de-rail Haaland’s push for the Golden Boot, they are highly unlikely. This is exactly why the Norweigian looks odds-on for the Golden Boot, an incredible suggestion given how early in the season we still are.