Thursday, 11 August 2011


Robin Van Persie

Best price: 10/1 (William Hill)

From January last year nobody scored more goals in the Premier League than Robin Van Persie, who finished on an excellent 18 goals in 25 games. The Dutchman has always had an impressive goal scoring record and is the main striker in a ultra-attacking Arsenal side which love carving open defences and scoring goals, so he won’t be short of goal scoring opportunities. In addition to this, Van Persie is also Arsenal’s free kick and penalty taker which will help boost his goal tally. The only thing which can stop him winning the golden boot will be the same problem which has plagued him throughout his career – injury. However providing he can stay off the physio’s table this season, RVP should be top of the charts at the end of May.

Darren Bent

Best Price: 12/1 (Various including Bet 365, Bet Fred and Paddy Power)

Many people were surprised when Aston Villa paid £24 million in January for Bent but he proved to be worth every penny as his 9 goals in 16 games helped keep the Villains in the Premier League. This season he won't be receiving the same service he enjoyed from Ashley Young and Stewart Downing but the England striker has one of the best strike rates in the Premier League and his position as Villa's penalty taker will fire him up the goal scoring charts. Bent has also previously thrived as the main attacking threat in an under-performing team, as seen with Charlton and Sunderland, so expect the majority of Villa's goals to come from this man.

Luis Suarez

Though Suarez only scored 4 goals for Liverpool after joining in January, his impact at Anfield was huge and their change of fortunes in the second half of the season was largely due to the performances of the Uruguayan. His heroics in the Copa America indicate there is plenty more to come from Suarez and as the talisman of a big club not distracted by Europa League football, his goal tally will dramatically increase this season. He won the Eredivisie Golden Boot in 2010 and if he is as influential this season as he was from January, don't bet against the former Ajax striker repeating this feat in England this season.