Sergio Aguero Backed To Win The Golden Boot

Gabe Morency

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:21 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017 7:21 PM UTC

Man City have scored 15 goals unanswered en route to crushing Liverpool Feyenoord and Watford in the past 10 days and their dynamic attacking duo has led the charge. Speculation was rife this summer over.
<p>Man City have scored 15 goals unanswered en route to crushing Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford in the past 10 days and their dynamic attacking duo has led the charge. Speculation was rife this summer over who would lead the line for City: club legend Sergio Aguero or exciting young upstart Gabriel Jesus. Instead, Pep Guardiola has played them together in the deadliest attacking duo the Premiership has seen in more than a decade, and they have scored nine goals between them in just five games.</p><p>The odds on both winning the Golden Boot have plummeted as a result. Romelu Lukaku is the narrow favourite, typically around the 3/1 mark, with all bookmakers. He has been in sensational form at the start of the campaign and leads the goal scoring charts along with Aguero, both having scored five times. But Aguero is now joint second favourite and can be backed at 4/1 with Bet365, Sky Bet, Sportingbet, 10Bet and Sun Bets. You can get the same price on Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who was the pre-season favourite but has scored just twice so far. Kane typically struggles in August and comes good as the season progresses, so he will still be a threat, but right now Aguero is looking far livelier.</p><p>Then we have Gabriel at 15/2 with Bet Stars and 7/1 with various other bookmakers. He looks a good long shot to win the Golden Boot as he is a phenomenal talent, evoking memories of Ronaldo in his pomp (the Brazilian one, not the Portuguese). He has notched four goals already, leaving him joint third in the goal scoring charts along with Jamie Vardy, and he also has the league’s best goals per minutes ratio.</p><p>There are downsides to backing Gabriel or Aguero. Whereas Lukaku is the main man at Man Utd and all their attacking play goes through him, and the same is true of Kane at Spurs, City’s duo have to share the limelight. However, City have such a wealth of creative talent at their disposal that it could render such concerns obsolete. The Citizens have already scored 16 goals in five matches and are getting better with every passing week. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have been exceptional at pulling the strings from deep, and the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane are fantastic from wide areas. For all their strengths, Man Utd and Spurs do not bless anything close to that depth of talent.</p><p>Both Aguero and Gabriel look interesting options for the Golden Boot, but Aguero is the better bet. The Argentine has typically enjoyed the league’s best goals per minutes ratio over the last few years and would probably have won the Golden Boot more often if it were not for injuries. That is always going to be a risk with Aguero, but the same is true of any player, and right now he is in sensational form. He often plays in a partnership with Gabriel, but sometimes the young Brazilian is shunted out to the wing and Aguero is the main man down the middle.</p><p>The betting public is certainly backing Aguero to the hilt. In the past week 55% of punters have backed Aguero, putting him well ahead of his nearest rival, Kane. Aguero won it in 2014/15 but the Englishman has secured it for the last two seasons. However, Tottenham are really struggling at home this season as they have not adapted to playing at Wembley, so there is a good chance of Kane being usurped. Lukaku will not go away, but you could argue that Aguero will enjoy better service over the course of the season and will be playing in a more attack-minded side, so the 4/1 available on him right now looks a great bet.</p>
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