Two weekends deep into this season’s incarnation of the Premier League, recent Manchester City acquisition, Erling Haaland appears to be proving bookies who have placed him as the favorite to scoop this campaign’s golden booth right – twice netting on the opening weekend.
The Norwegian striker made his big-money move from German side, Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City landed their replacement, out-and-out striker, with Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus swapping the Etihad for the Emirates.
Enjoying a goal-filled spell with Dortmund during his three-season run in Germany, Haaland had netted a whopping 86 goals in 89 total appearances for BVB, however, despite his best efforts, failed to topple the dominant Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga monopoly.
Continuing his fine run of form on the opening weekend, Haaland, despite going goalless against Liverpool in this season’s Community Shield, found the net twice at the London Stadium against West Ham.
Failing to net but providing an assist in City’s 4-0 rout against newly-promoted, Bournemouth, bookies have placed Haaland as low as 7/4 to lift the Premier League golden boot come May of next year.
As for last season’s joint winners, Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, and Tottenham hitman, Heung-min Son – the duo are expected to miss out on retaining the award, with both placed at 5/1 and 22/1, respectively.
With these soccer picks – there’s a whole lot of talent to choose from this season, as an influx of both European and South American talent look make their mark on English football. Namely, former Benfica CF forward, Darwin Nunez – with the Uruguayan landing at Anfield to bolster the Liverpool front three who lost Senegal finisher, Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich following a UEFA Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.
The fiery forward, who has drawn similar comparisons to his compatriot and Kop favorite, Luis Suarez, has yet to score in the league since joining Jurgen Klopp’s reds. And is set to miss a pivotal outing against Manchester United next Monday night after he was shown a straight red for a headbutt on Crystal Palace center half, Joachim Andersen. Nunez can be backed as high as 12/1 to land the golden boot in his first season in the Premier League.
With the future of want-away Manchester United talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo firmly up in the air as the end of the transfer window approaches, the veteran Portuguese favorite led the line for a faltering Old Trafford outfit in a topsy-turvy return season last campaign. However, the serial Ballon D’or victor has been priced out as high as 50/1 to lift the golden boot since his first spell with the Manchester side – scooping honors in a 31-goal 2007/2008 campaign for the eventual Premier League and UEFA Champions League winners.
The 37-year-old found the net 24 times in all competitions last season for United, however, the club’s failure to land Champions League football has forced Ronaldo to evaluate his options, with agent Jorge Mendes attempting to broker a deal for the Portugal icon as Erik ten Hag attempts to revamp the oscillating outfit with new recruits.