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Premier League Golden Boot race: Latest top scorer odds as Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Sadio Mane go for title

Who will win the Premier League golden boot?
Who will win the Premier League golden boot?

As we enter the home straight in the Premier League we look at who is looking like pocketing the Golden Boot as the league's top scorer.

It's a bunched field all looking to make a big push for the Golden Boot towards the end of the season, with all the Premier League's hot shots involved.

Sergio Aguero has led the way but Mohamed Salah rediscovered best form - highlighted by his stunning strike in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Chelsea - has put him level with the Argentinean on 19 goals apiece.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane are also in the mix, but Aguero and Salah could actually find their biggest challenger coming in the form of England's Raheem Sterling, who now sits on 17 goals thanks to a run of five goals in his last three top-flight outings.

With so little to choice between them we look at who is in the running to become Premier League top scorer.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 19 goals) - 6/4

Sergio Aguero has 11 Premier League hat-tricks
Sergio Aguero has scored three Premier League hat-tricks this season

The Argentinian has led the way on 19 goals and was on course for his second Golden Boot after finishing top scorer in 2014/15 on 26 goals.

The former Atletico Madrid striker has been consistent on the field since arriving in 2011, but injuries have arguably been the main reason why he has not won it more often. The 30-year-old has only had one stint out with injury this season - a groin issue which saw him miss six City games in December.

But his consistent availability and performances have made him the firm favourite centre forward for Pep Guardiola this term, ahead of Gabriel Jesus.

Now the club's all-time top scorer, Aguero has popped up with some big goals in the Manchester derby, their January win over Liverpool, against Arsenal at the Etihad and a hat-trick in that shock 6-0 win over Chelsea in February.

He will be key to City's run-in, to decide whether the club can secure the Premier League title for back-to-back seasons.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, 19 goals) - 13/8

Liverpool's Mo Salah scores a penalty at Brighton
Liverpool's Mo Salah scores a penalty at Brighton

It's incredible that Salah has been receiving so much criticism of late after his worst barren run since moving to Anfield, but just one goal against Southampton and a stunner against Chelsea and suddenly he's level with Aguero, who apparently is playing in the form of his life - football is all about perception these days.

It was always going to be hard to emulate his first season at Liverpool, but getting to 19 goals is still a decent return, especially when you consider Sadio Mane has 18 and Roberto Firmino 12 in the league.

Mane has been the main man for the Reds but Salah's goals against Southampton and Chelsea showed exactly what he's made of and if he continues like this he could end up with both the Golden Boot and Premier League trophies.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool, 18 goals) - 11/2

Sadio Mane celebrates scoring for Liverpool
Sadio Mane celebrates scoring for Liverpool

Sadio Mane had seen his odds sliced from 40/1 after an explosive run of 11 goals in 11 games for Liverpool fired him right into Golden Boot contention.

Mane has been especially effective at home, having scored in six Premier League games in a row at Anfield before drawing a blank against Spurs.

He's actually missed a few chances in his fine scoring run as well so things could even get better for Mane and with the Reds fighting for the title he could also still have a chance of topping this particular chart.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, 17 goals) - 11/1

Raheem Sterling celebrates his second goal against Crystal Palace
Raheem Sterling celebrates his second goal against Crystal Palace

Raheem Sterling just goes from strength to strength on and off the pitch and it is his form that is currently driving Manchester City to back-to-back Premier League titles.

His double in their 3-1 at Crystal Palace demonstrated again not just his skill and excellent positioning but how much his finishing is coming on.

He's scored five goals in his last three league matches, including a hat-trick against Watford.

The way his and Manchester City's season is going then we won't be surprised if he makes a late charge for this title.

Harry Kane (Tottenham, 17 goals) - 25/1

Harry Kane celebrates his equaliser against Arsenal
Harry Kane celebrates his equaliser against Arsenal

Two-time Golden Boot winner Kane's odd's have dramatically increased after his latest injury setback, which could see him miss the rest of the Premier League season.

He was still in the shake-up despite missing over a month with an ankle ligament injury earlier in the season, which shows what a true goal scorer the England captain is.

Kane won the award in 2015/16 and 2016/17 and was just edged by Mo Salah in 2017/18 (by two goals), so to be in the running for a fourth successive season shows Kane's level of ability. Less than a year after winning the World Cup Golden Boot with England.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 17 goals) - 8/1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates a goal for Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates a goal for Arsenal

For a man whose goals have dried up a little in 2019, his penalty in the win over Manchester Unted put him level with Salah and Kane at the time but he's failed to score in two games since.

It was a flying first half of his campaign for the man we picked out in our pre-season preview for the Golden Boot, and he's still well within striking distance.

His goals have also come in quick succession, such as seven goals in as many games from September to October and four goals over the Christmas period, so he can also make a big dent on Aguero's lead.

Best of the rest

  • Jamie Vardy (Leicester, 15 goals) - 50/1
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea, 14 goals) - 33/1
  • Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, 13 goals) - 80/1
  • Marcus Rashford (Manchester United, ) - 100/1
  • Raul Jimenez (Wolves, 12 goals) - 100/1

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Odds correct as of 0800 GMT on 15/04/19

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