Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea has not only spelt the end of the North London side’s title challenge, it may also have ended Harry Kane’s own chances of regaining this year’s Premier League Golden Boot award.
25 year-old Kane, who was playing only his second game since returning from a six week lay-off due to an ankle injury, is now faced with a possible ban after an off-the-ball incident with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta in which England’s talisman striker appeared to have made a head gesture whilst squaring up to the Spaniard.
Kane, who is currently sitting on 15 goals for the season, has now seen his odds for finishing the season as the Premier League’s top scorer revised upwards overnight from 5/1 to 7/1 on Betfair as a result of last night’s incident. With a potential three match ban ahead, the incident has also impacted the quoted odds for other leading contenders for this year’s Golden Boot.
Aguero Consolidates as Outright Favourite
Man City’s star striker, Sergio Aguero, who had already emerged as outright favourite for the Golden Boot after eight goals in his last five premiership outings – including two memorable hat-tricks against Arsenal and Chelsea – is now priced at evens by a number of bookmakers including Ladbrokes and William Hill, revised slightly downwards from previous odds of 11/10.
The Argentine is currently sitting on 18 goals, just ahead of Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah who is sitting on 17 for the season so far, but has only found the back of the net once in his last six outings in all competitions.
Salah’s dip in form – along with Kane’s “headbutt” – has arguably left the field open to Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to emerge as Aguero’s main challenger for the EPL’s Golden Boot.
Aubameyang had started the season as a rank outsider on 13/1, but unrelenting consistency over the season means that the Gabonese striker is sitting on 16 goals, with prices now being quoted at around 6/1 amongst most British bookmakers.
And what may underline Aubameyang’s proposition as a value bet are his head-to-head statistics with Aguero. Whilst the Argentine is putting away goals every 98 minutes in the Premiership vs. Aubameyang’s 131, those figures are tempered by the fact that less opportunities have been coming his way – and it is the Arsenal man’s superior finishing record and shot accuracy that have allowed him to remain in contention.