Betting Special: Value in backing Rooney to win the Premier League Golden Boot

With last season's top scorer Luis Suarez having swapped the Premier League for La Liga, Al Hain-Cole sees value in backing the Manchester United man to pick up his mantle
Luis Suarez’s departure for Barcelona cost Liverpool their top scorer, and the Premier League has lost last season’s Golden Boot winner.

With the race therefore looking relatively open, punters should consider Paddy Power's latest offer which will see a £2 free bet credited to your account every time your player scores (minimum bet of at least £20 or £10 each way).

Premier League Top Goalscorer

Odds from Paddy Power
Robin Van Persire/Sergio Aguero 9/2
Daniel Sturridge 5/1
Diego Costa 7/1
Wayne Rooney 12/1
Edin Dzeko 14/1
Alexis Sanchez 16/1
Romelu Lukaku 22/1
Yaya Toure 25/1
Having finished as runner-up to his Reds team-mate with 21 goals last season, Daniel Sturridge is available at 5/1 (6.00) to step up and finish top of the pile this campaign.

However, the England man is rated behind Robin van Persie 9/2 (5.50) in the running, with the Manchester United striker tipped to benefit from the arrival of former Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal and secure a third Golden Boot in four years.

Manchester rival Sergio Aguero is also on offer at 9/2 (5.50) thanks to an impressive strike rate of 52 in 87 Premier League matches, although an unfortunate injury record that restricted him to just 23 league appearances last season make those odds seem rather short.

After earning the Pichichi by scoring 27 times in La Liga last season, Diego Costa is available at 7/1 (8.00) to translate that form to the Premier League and becoming the first Chelsea plaayer since Didier Drogba - who is available at 100/1 (101.00) this season - to win the Golden Boot.

While that wager represents something of a risk considering Costa’s uncertain adaptation to the English game, Wayne Rooney looks like a strong bet at 12/1 (13.00) to enjoy unparalleled success in front of goal under a new manager, particularly given his prolific form in pre-season.

Although a reliable goalscorer, Manuel Pellegrini’s squad rotation up front may stand in Edin Dzeko’s 14/1 (15.00) way of glory, with team-mate Yaya Toure probably better value at 25/1 (26.00) after hitting 20 goals last time out.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona has fostered great excitement among Arsenal fans this summer, and the Chilean is available at 16/1 (17.00) to live up to the billing.

Similarly, Romelu Lukaku 22/1 (23.00) will need to hit the ground running at Goodison Park after returning on a permanent contract from Chelsea for a club record £28 million fee.

Wayne Rooney to win the Premier League Golden Boot for a 1pt stake at 12/1 (13.00) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.