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Aubameyang is great value in Premier League Golden Boot market

The race to win this season’s Premier League Golden Boot is expected to be another thriller, with plenty of top players harbouring genuine hopes of winning the prestigious prize.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished top of the pile last time around, each netting 22 goals during the campaign.

Sergio Aguero finished one goal behind, although his tally was impacted by City boss Pep Guardiola rotating his forwards.

Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eden Hazard were also not far adrift in what was a productive year for forward players.

Read on as we look at this season’s Golden Boot battle.

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur

Injuries cost Kane his chance last season, although the Spurs striker still bagged an impressive 17-goal tally.

Many bookmakers’ new customer betting offers enhanced odds have boosted Kane’s price to 7/2 and plenty of punters will be eager to back the England star to win this time around.

He scored twice in Spurs’ season opener against Aston Villa and could be tough to beat if he can steer clear of injuries this term.

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

Salah notched 32 goals to claim the Golden Boot in 2017/18, but a barren spell at a crucial time left him sharing the prize last season.

The Liverpool forward kicked-off the current campaign with a goal against Norwich City and will undoubtedly be eager to finish first once again.

However, Salah looks a little short in the betting at around 4/1 and better value appears to lie elsewhere.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal

Aubameyang has been a prolific scorer throughout his career and he has continued in the same vein with Arsenal.

He scored 10 goals in 13 Premier League appearances during his first season with the club and added another 22 last term.

The 30-year-old grabbed a classy winner for the Gunners at Newcastle United on the opening weekend and he looks great value at 6/1 to win the Golden Boot outright this season.

Raheem Sterling – Manchester City

A hat-trick at West Ham United in City’s first game of the season was a sign that Sterling could be worth a look at odds of 6/1 to finish the campaign as top scorer.

Sterling’s finishing has improved massively over the past couple of years, but whether it will be enough to beat the likes of Kane, Salah and Aubameyang is debatable.

The England forward is also likely to suffer from Guardiola’s rotation policy amongst his forwards and his current price looks far too short.

Preparation is everything as Manchester City and Liverpool get ready for title run

Think Premier League can’t get any more exciting than the last season?! – Just wait and watch!

A single match in the Premier League can often be about 100 different stories, with drama unfolding in every substitution, every hard tackle and every cross and counter. You can see the fates of managers and players depending upon how everything falls into place and what is the eventual result.

The pinnacle football tournament of the UK involves 380 matches and, in a way, 380 opportunities for changing almost everything in the league. We saw how the last campaign remained a riveting affair till the last moment. In the end, Manchester City edged out Liverpool by one single point, and Spurs managed to qualify for the Champions League with a slim margin over Arsenal.

The EPL 2019-20 season promises to be even more exciting! Going by the soccer odds, Manchester City are expected to make it a treble this time despite facing the same kind of stiff competition from Liverpool. They are going at odds of 1 / 2 to win the Premier League title, as against 9 / 4 of Liverpool and 16 / 1 of Tottenham.

Guardiola vs Klopp once more

Considering the kind of form their squads are in, it’s not unreasonable to think that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would be engaged in a stiff battle for supremacy once again. Let’s remind everyone that Liverpool didn’t lose a single match except one (to Man City only) the entire last season and still fell short of winning the league.

There isn’t a big margin between Klopp’s speed-metal approach and Pep’s maddening collection of intricate players, which now includes young Rodri too. Every encounter between the two sides, as we saw in the Community Shield final recently, becomes a must-win affair for both sides. They will be up against each other on November 9 at Anfield.

Other big clubs will also offer their fair share of exciting moments

The other big clubs of the league will also make their fair share of contributions to the excitement. Everyone would be looking forward to Spurs and Harry Kane to somehow crack Manchester City’s stronghold on the title. Unai Emery on the other hand, with 3 dynamic players on the front now, including Nicolas Pepe and London, would be hoping for a top 4 finish. At Chelsea curiosity levels are high to see what it would be like without Eden Hazard. How will Manchester United fare under the wildly-erratic watch of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is another mystery that will be unfolded.

Then the middle section of the table is excitingly poised to be far more interesting than all the previous years. The forgotten sides which normally compete for the seventh spot, would be going all out to make a place for themselves in the top 6. Both Wolves as well as Leicester City have a fair chance to upstage Manchester United.

Liverpool and Manchester City set for final day shoot-out

Liverpool and Manchester City set for final day shoot-out