Who Will Win The Premier League Golden Boot?

Who Will Win The Premier League Golden Boot?
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Betting sites make Mohamed Salah the favourite to hold off a rampaging Son Heung-Min and seize the Golden Boot on the final day of the season.

The Liverpool forward has fired in 22 goals in 34 games this season, and he stands on the brink of finishing the campaign as the Premier League’s top scorer.

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However, Son is now just one goal behind Salah after scoring 10 times in his last nine matches.

Meanwhile, a certain Portuguese superstar could still muscle his way into contention if he goes goal crazy at Selhurst Park.

Who will finish the campaign as the division’s leading scorer? Let’s take a look at the odds and then assess the chances of the various contenders.

Can Salah Hold Onto Top Spot?

A month ago, Salah seemed certain to win the Golden Boot for the third time in his illustrious career.

He had just broken a lengthy drought in front of goal by banging in a brace during Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Man Utd, leaving him well clear of his rivals.

However, the Egyptian forward has not found the back of the net since then. He has played seven games in all competitions, and he has drawn a blank each time.

If you go further back, he has failed to score in 15 of his last 16 games for club and country. It suggests fatigue may be creeping in after playing 58 times since the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

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He missed Liverpool’s 2-1 midweek win against Southampton with an injury, having limped off the pitch during the FA Cup final last weekend.

Manager Jurgen Klopp expects Salah to be back in the team for a crucial showdown with Wolves on the final day of the season. It is a huge game for the Reds, who need to secure victory to stand any chance of snatching the Premier League title from Man City’s grasp.

Yet Salah’s recent profligacy in front of goal does not bode well against an organised, stubborn Wolves defence, and that could provide Son with an opening.

The Egyptian still remains the 8/15 favourite with football betting sites to be the top scorer in the Premier League on Sunday.

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Son Aims To Fire Spurs Into The Champions League

The South Korean forward has gone goal crazy in recent weeks. He scored twice in a 3-1 victory over West Ham, he was on target in a 5-1 win against Newcastle and then he hit a hat-trick against Aston Villa.

Two games without a goal followed, but Son then scored twice to put Leicester to the sword.

He found the back of the net in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on May 7, and he took his tally to 21 Premier League goals by scoring against Arsenal.

Son could not find a way past Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope last weekend. However, he has been in sensational form, and he will be the main man for Tottenham in their final game of the season.

You’ll find 6/4 available with bet365 on the Tottenham attacker toping the charts, and don’t forget it is bottom of the table Norwich he faces this weekend.

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Norwich Have The Worst Defensive Record In The Division

Spurs will end their season with a trip to Carrow Road. They need at least a point against Norwich to guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League.

That looks like an eminently achievable goal. After all, Norwich are bottom of the table, with 25 defeats from 37 games, and the worst defensive record in the division.

The Canaries have conceded 79 times in 37 games this season, and it finished 3-0 to Tottenham when the teams met in December, and Son was on target in that match.

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Harry Kane has played in a deeper role over the past couple of seasons, and Son often finds himself as the focal point in the Spurs attack.

He has been a lot more clinical in front of goal than Salah. His goal conversion rate this season is 34% - 21 goals from 62 shots – compared to just 23% for Salah. Son’s shot accuracy is also 71%, whereas Salah only hits the target 59% of the time.

Can Ronaldo Make Things Interesting?

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The only other player with half a chance of entering the race is Cristiano Ronaldo.

He has scored 10 times in his last seven Premier League games, but the Man United forward still trails Salah by four goals.

Nothing is impossible for Ronaldo, but it is hard to envision him tearing apart a reasonably solid Crystal Palace defence to quite that extent on the final day of the season and that’s why he is at 80/1 with Unibet.

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That leaves a two-horse race between Salah and Son. Salah is coming up against a Wolves defence that has conceded just 1.08 goals per game this season. Son will face a Norwich team that lets in 2.14 goals per game on average.

The South Korean star is in better form than Salah, he is more likely to play for 90 minutes and he is coming up against a far leakier defence, so all the value is on Son.