Falcao fancied to fly high

  • Last Updated: September 2 2014, 14:18 BST

Radamel Falcao has been introduced at 20/1 in the Barclays Premier League top-goalscorer betting following his transfer to Manchester United.

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao

The Monaco man has moved to Old Trafford on a season-long loan and is top price with William Hill to top the scoring charts on his first campaign in England but he is half that price elsewhere.

He was not the only striker on the move with Danny Welbeck making way for Falcao and heading to North London where he joined Arsenal having been linked with city rivals Tottenham.

Welbeck is a general 100/1 chance but Stan James are one firm that clearly believe the move can pay dividends as they make the England youngster just 25/1 to outscore his peers.

There are a series of specials available for the Colombia international including whether he will join United on a permanent basis (1/2) and whether he will score a Premier League hat-trick (4/6).

William Hill make him 3/1 to score more goals than Wayne Rooney (5/4) and Robin van Persie (6/4) while Sky Bet have placed him in a match bet with Welbeck and he is 1/3 to win that with the Arsenal man 9/4.

The two Leeds firms have chalked him up at 5/6 in the overs/unders markets with William Hill setting their line at 12.5 goals and Sky Bet at 15.5 goals while Bet Victor make him 7/2 to score over 17.5 league goals.

Danny Welbeck is 7/4 to score 12 or more Premier League goals for Arsenal with William Hill while Sky Bet make him 5/6 to score over 7/5 and he's the same price to score under 8/5 with bet365.

“Falcao’s arrival is a huge news story but there is every chance that United could have shot themselves in the foot with two very good strikers [Javier Hernandez being the other] having departed,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

That was not a view unanimously shared, however, with several of the layers impressed with Manchester United's business in and around transfer deadline day and the Red Devils were cut to 12/1 from 16s for the Premier League title but they remain generally available at 16/1.

They were also shortened to achieve a top-four finish and are now odds-on in places but 5/4 is still generally available.

Posted at 14.04 BST on 02/09/2014