Premier League top scorer odds
The race to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer in any given season is always a fiercely contested one, with no striker topping the charts by more than three goals since Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the 2007/08 campaign.
Andy Cole and Alan Shearer’s 34-strike seasons in the second and third years of the Premier League are still the high watermarks for goal grabbers across the nation, although those were posted back in the days of 22-team tables.
Shearer won the Premier League top-scorer gong for three consecutive terms in the mid-1990s, a feat that was matched by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry in the early years of this century and could potentially be emulated again by Man Utd’s Robin van Persie this term.
Only one player has topped the Premier League goalscoring charts four times
Henry is the only player to finish top-scorer on four separate occasions since the Premier League began in 1992 and the odds are that this achievement is unlikely to be repeated.
Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink both matched Henry’s achievement of finishing as the Premier League’s top-goalscorer for a second time two years after first winning the gong, although the Dutchman shared one of his awards with Dwight Yorke and Michael Owen.
Hasselbaink, Shearer and Van Persie have all topped the Premier League scoring charts with two different clubs, while Teddy Sheringham – who was the first recipient of the award – is the only player to have goals from two different teams – Nottingham Forest and Spurs – count towards his winning tally.
England have the most winners of the Premier League top-goalscorer gong with ten
When joint winners are included, England lead the honour roll for most Premier League top-scorers with ten, although the last player from these shores to win the award was Kevin Phillips at Sunderland during the 1999/2000 season.
France and the Netherlands come next with five winners each, Drogba’s victories mean the Ivory Coast are responsible for two triumphs and Portugal, Bulgaria, Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago have one each.
In eight of the Premier League’s 21 season’s so far, the top (or joint-top) scorer has played for the side that lifted the title.
Be advised before backing debutants at big odds in this market, as only Phillips, Andy Cole and Sheringham have topped the charts in their first top-flight season and the latter did it in the inaugural Premier League campaign.