2009-2010 Barclays Premier League Leading Goalscorer Betting
For those of us who like our Premier League football and are partial for proving our regularly-challenged knowledge of the the world's best league bar none by putting our free bets money where our confident mouths are, then the prospect of the new Barclays Premiership season gearing up is an excitable one. Online bookies compile odds on just about every Premier League footballing outcome as we already know (you should if you visit this site often enough anyway!) and one of the traditionally strong areas of Football Betting remains the guessing of the destination of the Golden Boot at the end of the domestic season. With a startling array of natural goal scoring talent earning their useful keeps in Europe's showcase league these days, the competition is incredibly tough. And more tough to call than ever before. Which is precisely why and where our 2009-2010 Barclays Premier League leading goalscorer betting preview comes into play. And when we ask 'Does an online football betting fan go on previous form? Or do they think outside of the box as they say?' (although hope your chosen player hunkers down INSIDE the relevant box).
Drogba versus Rooney
With Didier Drogba missing a number of games due to the African Cup of Nations it was presumed in many quarters (including here) that he would not remain in contention in the 2009-2010 Premier League Top Goalscorer Betting. However, three goals in his two games since his return see him in second place in the charts and four behind leader Wayne Rooney. Rooney is a 1/3 shot with the bookmakers to retain his number one spot at the end of the season in this 2010 World Cup year whilst Drogba is 4/1 to surpass the Englishman’s total.
England manager Fabio Capello will be happy to see two Englishman in the chasing pack; Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent both have 15 league goals to their name and are available to back at 12/1 and 33/1 respectively in the betting. Carlos Tevez is the only other player who can claim to have a slim chance; he has 13 goals and is a 50/1 shot.
Torres, Drogba, Adebayor And Rooney Leading 2009-2010 Barclays Premier League Leading Goalscorer Betting Way
Blue Square, Paddy power, SkyBet, 888sport and Coral all have Liverpool marksman, Fernando Torres leading the way as outright favourite for the 2009-2010 Premier League season Golden Boot winner at 7/4, while Bet365 believe its destiny lies in the feet of Chelsea's Didier Drogba, currently 10/3 second favourite with them and Totesport, Blue Square, Paddy Power, SkyBet and 888sport. Sunderland's sharp shooter, Darren Bent many think will weigh in with the Premiership goal goods though, with Bet365, Betfred, SportingBet and Paddy Power offering an 11/2 price on the former Spur's striker continuing his rich vein of form. Elsewhere, and Manchester United's prodigal goalscoring talent, Wayne Rooney has come into his own this season, as many experts predicted once Cristiano Ronaldo had departed, and he finds favour with Bet365, Totesport, Paddy Power, SkyBet, Coral and William Hill at 6/1. Tottenham's very own goal sprite, Jermain Defoe is listed at 12/1 with Bet365, Boylesports, Blue Square, 888sport and Ladbrokes for a pop at the end of season award, while over-celebrating Arsenal import, Emmanuel Adebayor, many consider will be in the reckoning when everything's tallied up, with Betfred, SportingBet, Victor Chandler, SkyBet, Stan James, Ladbrokes and William Hill insisting the Manchester City target man is worth a punt at odds of 14/1 on average.
Free Bets Football Fans Decide Which Premiership Player Will Collect 2009-2010 Golden Boot
If you're the type of online punter who chooses to go back to the future and take into account the statistics from the past couple of Premier League seasons, then you best have a rethink. In the aftermath of the 2007/2008 season one name stood out for as many wrong reasons as right as top goalscorer, and his name was Cristiano Ronaldo, who managed to find the back of the net an astonishing 40 times in total (although that's not just in the Premiership, as it included the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League to boot). Again during the last campaign, the as-then Manchester United and Portugal winger bagged 18 goals in the English domestic league, one less than Nicolas Anelka who somehow helped himself to 19 whilst clad in the colours of Chelsea FC. Will he repeat that feat again this season? Well he could, or it might just be someone else who features in this 2009/10 Barclays Premier League leading goalscorer betting preview you're currently reading.
Of course this is all history. No really. Ronaldo's done one to Real Madrid and let's face it, Le Sulk won't be hanging around Stamford Bridge much longer now he's been there more than 5 minutes and his advisers sense another lucrative transfer pay day. If of course you do rely on the record books to inform and help shape your here and now wagers, then perhaps you should risk a few bob on last year's third highest goal scorer, and Liverpool's midfield talisman Steven Gerrard. Putting 16 goals past opposing defences during the 2008/09 Premier League season, the red's captain fantastic has been worth an each way flutter at the very least for the best part of a decade thanks to his knack of popping up with the goods at the most opportune of times. And what of his strike partner at Anfield, Fernando Torres? Believe it or not the Spanish hit-man notched up two less Premiership goals than Gerrard last time around, although that was whilst coming back from time on the sidelines after injury. So who knows how many times he'll unlock defences this season if he stays fit. Whilst remaining on the red half of Merseyside, who's to say Dirk Kuyt won't be there or thereabouts when everything's totted up next May? To many outside the Liverpool boot room he may be seen as a utility man, yet despite this he collected a less than shabby 12 Premiership goals last term.
Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor grabbed 12 league goals to his credit during the 2008/09 campaign and is seen as a handful by most Premiership defenders courtesy of his fleet of foot and quick mind so should be in the reckoning, whilst Chelsea's Frank Lampard has proven he's a nose for goal in past seasons and again illustrated with 12 examples from his midfield berth last time around and therefore again worth an each way bet.
Rooney, Defoe, Robinho, Owen? Our 2009-2010 Barclays Premier League Leading Goalscorer Betting Preview May Just Hold The Clue?
Wayne Rooney added a further 12 league goals to his Manchester United tally last year, with a glut coming in the second half of the season when he was firing on all four cylinders week in, week out, while Darren Bent somehow drilled the same amount of balls past opposition goalkeepers on behalf of his White Hart Lane employers as Tottenham struggled to stay up. Quite an achievement in its own right. Where he ends up during the close season is anyone's guess at this point, yet we're sure he'll contribute to whoever's bid for the League title, European recognition or heaven forbid, league survival if and when he pitches up.
Then there's the goalscoring enigma that is Peter Crouch. Whatever XXXXXL team strip he pulls on the beanpole striker rewards their risk-taking with a selection of goals to his name. Portsmouth, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Southampton all can attest to this, and so perhaps will the latest potential suitors to be linked to his goal-poaching services, Harry Redknapp's Spurs. And before we leave the subject of Spurs, lest we not fail to mention Jermain Defoe, who regardless of traipsing behind 'Arry for most of his footballing career to date once whistled, manages to reward him for his loyalty by weighing in with the goal bounty. Defoe the 2009-2010 Barclays Premier League leading goalscorer betting preview top tip? Well put it this way, we wouldn't bet against him.
Free Bet-Playing Football Fans Spoilt For League Leading Scorer Choice
For those of you looking for something a bit leftfield, how about splashing your free bets cash on Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones who bagged 10 Premier goals last season in a floundering Black Cats' team? The lanky striker is permanently linked with moves away from the Stadium of Light, yet arguably wherever he end up laying his hat and calling home will ultimately benefit from a, well, hatful of goals. And elaborate celebrations. Not quite from the Robbie Keane school of acrobatics, but entertaining nevertheless. And the Arsenal duo of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas. The former has committed himself to the Gunner's cause for a while longer whereas the latter is still skirting around the issue while being courted by Barcelona, but both are worth a shufties. Van Persie baggedd 11 and Fabregas, erm 3. But he's the potential to quadruple this and then multiply it by the power of 10. Take our word for it. Staying at the Emirates, and recent acquisition, Andrey Arshavin might have only recorded the 6 league goals last term, but that was in about as many starts towards the end of the campaign, 4 of which came at the expense of Liverpool in the one game. We think he'll do the business this time and urge you to deliberate over the suggestion.
Elsewhere and Amr Zaki rewarded Wigan Athletic's faith in someone the rest of us had never heard of by contributing 10 goals to the 'Latic's league survival mission (and that was even whilst going AWOL for a part of the season after international duty with Egypt), while Hull City's soon not to be Hull City's Geovanni will surely decamp somewhere bigger than the fishing port before the fat lady signals the end of the current round of football player hawking and bartering.
Could The 2009/10 Premier League Golden Boot Award End Up With Manchester City Player?
And then there's Manchester City. Where do we begin here? Carlos Tevez, that's a good starting point. Making the long Bentley ride from one side of sunny Manchester to the other during the close season to enhance his playing career (and obviously nothing to do with the signing on fee and weekly wage whatsoever) the hustling and bustling young Argentinian might have only manage5 league goals during the 2008/09 Premiership season, but they were when coming off the bench anyway, as his first team appearances became even more sparring as the season reached its climax (and his relationship with Sir Alex hit the buffers). He'll probably (although any of City's 3,000 new big name signings will 'probably') start more games than he did previously/be a regular in the starting eleven at Eastlands though, so expect the goals to start flying in from all directions once the forthcoming season gets under way. Likewise the £32 million Brazilian striker, Robinho will be looking to add more than his tup'penneth to the 14 league goals he put past opposing 'keepers last year too.
Could Manchester United New Boy Michael Owen Figure In Online Bookmakers Golden Boot Plans?
But what about the new boys? Aha. No, not the long-in-the-tooth Norwegian pop outfit from the 1980s, but the crop of new young (and occasionally old journeymen) things looking to ply their trade in the Premiership. So without further ado we give you Michael Owen. OK. Not exactly a new name, more a blast from the past. You may remember him from times when he played in the red of Liverpool and possibly the white of Real Madrid. And cast your minds back even further, the predominantly white of England? Exactly. Well now after years in the wilderness (or a place called Newcastle to those who live there and support the local amateur side) he's rolled up in the Stretford district of Manchester in the North West of England. After being taken in by Owen's accompanying glossy brochure of 101 reasons to snap him up (one of which was – 'he's good looking?!') and overlooking the 12-page 'injury history' section his marketing men covered with action shots from his Liverpool/v.early England days, Lord Fergy has taken the biggest punt in Premier League history (well, since Harry Redknapp stopped impulse buying after watching Random League Soccer shows in the early hours) and wheeled Owen onto the Old Trafford playing surface.
Naturally though, like every other media type, we'll be forced to eat our words as Sir Alex gets the maximum amount of games out of the former golden boy of the English game and 40-plus league goals to rocket him up the scoring charts and prove that his new gaffer is the most gifted manager of his generation as United sew up the league by November. The choice as they say, is yours.