Top 5 Favorites To Lead The EPL In Scoring

Nine weeks have been played in the English Premier League, which means we're essentially a quarter of the way through the 38-week campaign. Frankly it's a bit more exciting this time around compared to last year, when Chelsea had all but sealed the league title by this point. Many clubs remain in the mix, and it's looking like it will be a tightly contested season throughout. Also tight is the race for the EPL's top scorer, as it's really too early for anyone to have gained too much distance from the pack in this regard.

Nonetheless, the quarter mark is a good time to take a look at who is living up to expectations on the scoring front, and who stands the best chance of coming out on top. The team at Betfair's betting section has saved us the trouble of compiling the odds, so here we'll take a look at the top-five candidates to lead the EPL in scoring as determined by the bettors.

1. Sergio Aguero

The 26-year-old Manchester City star is the only player on this list to make the top-10 strikers in FM15, so that counts for something! He's off to a quick start as expected with six goals through the opening nine matches, and as has come to be expected, Man City is leading the league in goals forced. Aguero seems the safe bet to finish on top.

2. Alexis Sanchez

Matching Aguero's six goals to date, Alexis Sanchez is a major reason that Arsenal sits at second in the league tables. He appears to be providing the consistent scoring punch Arsenal has been looking for for years now, and Metro's sport section recently tabbed him as the favorite for PFA player of the year. Sanchez is a perfectly logical pick as the likeliest challenger to Sergio Aguero.

3. Jamie Vardy

Easily the least famous name on this list, Jamie Vardy actually leads the EPL in scoring per BBC, having notched a ridiculous nine goals in nine matches already. He's in total control of the attack for Leicester City. While keeping up his current pace is unrealistic, he looks as if he'll factor into the race.

4. Diego Costa

If any of these players care at all for individual accolades and are chasing the title of top scorer, Diego Costa ought to be the hungriest of them all to win it. Last year it was Costa who was in a Jamie Vardy-like position, emerging in the EPL with a blistering scoring pace out of the gate. He ultimately cooled off somewhat and finished third to Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane. He'll be eager to improve upon that finish this season, though he already has ground to make up, as he's scored the fewest goals to date of any of these players.

5. Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku is just one back of Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero with five goals through nine matches, and every bit the threat to challenge for the scoring title. The Liverpool Echo staff recently wrote about Everton manager Roberto Martinez's observation that the striker has added new dimensions to his attack—that's certainly a scary statement for the rest of the league. At age 22, Lukaku is still getting better and could conceivably surge ahead to become the most lethal scorer in the EPL.

It's still early enough for other names to hijack this list. But as of now these are the men with the top odds for securing the 2015-16 EPL scoring title, and each one has a strong case.



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