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The Premier League top scorer: Who should you be backing to bag the most goals this season?

We've crunched the stats from last season and look at the five leading contenders for this year's top prize

by Josh Powell | August 6, 2014

There’s nothing better than bagging goals. Whether it’s a game of ‘Heads and Volleys’, a bit of astro five-a-side or in a Sunday League. Finding the back of the net will only ever lead to super stardom in one way or another, and it’s exactly the same in the Premier League.

Paddy Power has lost his marbles this year (you can read more about that over here) and if you stake £/€20 on a top scorer before the Premier League kicks off next week, you can pocket a £/€2 free bet every time your selection score this season. That’s free bets for every goal, and if you’re backing one of these hot-shots it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have made your cash back in free bets and the rest.

Your striker needs just 10 goals for you to be in the green and these five contenders are all expected to easily surpass that marker this year.

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[A cheeky hat-tip to Leo in Design for her handiwork on this infographic]

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Despite an injury-prone term last season Sergio Aguero was still averaging a goal every 90 minutes for Man City, and racked up 17 in a somewhat disjointed campaign. He may be as fragile as Cheryl Cole’s ego, but Aguero has the ability to bang in 20-odd goals a season for City and it’s no surprise to see the traders running scared.

On the other side of Manchester Robin van Persie is a far shorter price than Wayne Rooney to top the scoring charts. The Dutchman managed just 12 goals last season as he endured a torrid spell under David Moyes, however before that he had racked up a scoring record of 18-30-26. He is reunited with Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal now at Old Trafford and the two men obviously have a bond, emphasised by their somewhat cringe high-five during the World Cup. If LVG gets RVP firing again then punters could make hay.

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Daniel Sturridge will have a heap of pressure on his shoulders now that Luis Suarez has swapped Liverpool for Barcelona, but the English striker has shown he has bags of talent as well as a far better temperament on the pitch. Suarez was the main man on Anfield last year but Sturridge still racked up 21 goals and another innings like that would see the striker challenging the top of the pile.

New arrivals Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez will be required to hit the ground running at Chelsea and Arsenal respectively. Costa was Atletico Madrid’s star man last year as his 27 goals helped them to the La Liga title at the expense of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Sanchez’s chances of first-team football at Barcelona were limited but he still chipped in with a career-best 19 goals and shone for Chile at the World Cup. The age-old question about both of these players doing it on a wet and windy night at Stoke will finally be answered in the next couple of months.

Whichever player you back to be the Premier League’s top scorer, with Paddy’s offer the chances are you should make your stake bet in free bets through the season, even if you don’t quite top the scoring charts. The bean-counters in Power Tower might not be looking forward to the new season, but everybody else most definitely is.

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