If you told someone two months ago that Jamie Vardy would be the Premier League’s top scorer this season, few people would have taken you seriously.
The Leicester City forward currently sits top of the goalscoring charts however with six strikes, after two tidy finishes in the Foxes’ 5-2 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.
The former Fleetwood Town striker began the weekend at 66/1 with Ladbrokes to be this season’s Premier League top scorer.
However his two goals this weekend saw his price come in to 40/1, before a flurry of bets which shortened the England man to 25/1.
Leicester’s marauding style has won many fans this season, and though defensively they remain somewhat suspect, up front Vardy is sure to be inundated with chances having forced himself into the reckoning as the number one forward at the east Midlands club.
A favourable run of upcoming fixtures may favour Vardy even more.
Of the Foxes’ next six league contests, they play five teams currently residing outside the top eight, in addition to welcoming Crystal Palace to the King Power stadium.
With that in mind, one can expect Vardy to feature in and around the goals over the next few weeks, which would only serve to further shorten the 28-year-old’s price.
Sergio Aguero remains heavy favourite for the accolade at 10/3, but the Argentine has bagged just once in the league.
Furthermore, while Kevin de Bruyne has settled in nicely at Eastlands, it could be argued he may serve to take attention and thus goals, away from Aguero this season.
Having opened his account for the campaign, Harry Kane also saw some movement in the market this weekend.
The Englishman was 33/1 ahead of this weekend’s match with Man City, but his strike and Tottenham’s resounding 4-1 win over the Citizens has seen Kane come in to 25/1.
It has been a case of misfortune rather than anything else for Kane’s struggles this term, with the England international seeing shots saved off the line and goals disallowed.
The 22-year-old continues getting in all the right positions, and with the monkey off his back, it could now be just a matter of time before his returns to last-season’s goal-scoring prowess.
An Englishman hasn’t been crowned Premier League top scorer since Kevin Phillips in 1999-00, but with so many of the big names currently struggling for form, that record might just be coming to an end.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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