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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 18 goals) - 11/8

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

The Argentinian leads the way on 18 goals and is 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.

Mo Salah (Liverpool, 17 goals) - 11/4

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

It was always going to be hard to emulate his first season at Anfield and many would argue he has not been quite as impressive this term, but 17 goals by early March is not bad going.

The Egyptian has been key to Liverpool's title assault, but you could argue that Sadio Mane has been more important as Salah has been less consistent than 2017/18, when he scored an impressive 32 goals.

He has scored just once in his last eight games - his goalless droughts have actually been more frequent - but still remains firmly in the hunt for the Golden Boot. Like Aguero, Salah's final goalscoring run-in is key to Liverpool's title hopes.

Harry Kane (Tottenham, 17 goals) - 7/2

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

Two-time Golden Boot winner Kane has just returned from over a month on the sidelines with an ankle ligament injury, yet he is still firmly in the running to top the goalscoring charts.

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.

In our early February update, when Kane was injured, we earmarked him at 14/1 as an each-way shout. After scoring again against Southampton - his 200th career goal - his odds have shortened drastically as he joins Salah on 17 goals.

Considering he tends to score in flurries towards the back end of a season, he is well worth a shout.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 17 goals) - 6/1

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 on 17 goals and just the one behind Aguero.

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.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool, 16 goals) - 20/1

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

Sadio Mane has seen his odds halved from 40/1 to 20/1 after an explosive run of eight goals in his last nine games for Liverpool, including four in his last three.

Mane has been especially effective at home, scoring in his last six Premier League games at Anfield with eight goals in those matches - and he's now just one behind team-mate Salah and only two off leader Aguero.

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.

Best of the rest

  • Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, 15 goals) - 25/1
  • Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, 12 goals) - 50/1
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea, 13 goals) - 50/1
  • Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United, 12 goals) - 66/1
  • Jamie Vardy (Leicester, 12 goals) - 66/1

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