Premier League Golden Boot Watch

Premier League Golden Boot Watch

This article is part of our Betting on Soccer series.

The first gameweek of the new Premier League is complete, and while Manchester City, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Burnley didn't play, the race for the 2020/21 Golden Boot is officially on. Looking back at our pre-season list of odds, we unsurprising see movement at the top after Liverpool's Mohamed Salah bagged a hat trick against newly promoted Leeds United, making him the new favorite to finish as the league's highest scorer after initially trailing both Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on DraftKings Sportsbook (in fairness to Salah, he was the leader on betMGM and bet365 when we first looked on Sept. 2).

Aubameyang did find the back of the net against newly promoted Fulham, but he sits two goals behind Salah and one behind Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, who converted both of his penalty attempts against newly promoted (see a theme here?) West Brom. Two of Salah's three goals were also from the penalty spot, as we continue to see their importance for those trying to win this coveted award.

Salah has moved from +600 to +350 on DraftKings thanks to his hat trick, while some players who didn't play saw their odds worsen, such as Sergio Aguero from +600 to +1200 (he's injured right now, which doesn't help), Raheem Sterling from +1100 to +1200, Gabriel Jesus from +1600 to +2000, Bruno Fernandes from +1600 to +2500 and Mason Greenwood from +2500 to +3300. Interestingly, those players still have 38 games to play, so it's not like they were blank in Gameweek 1 for lack of scoring.

We also saw a number of additions to the DraftKings list (I'm sticking with DraftKings only for my own manual data importing sanity) since the initial look, with Callum Wilson +4000 after scoring in his Newcastle debut, Kai Havertz +5000, Son Heung-Min +6600, Rhian Brewster +6600 (huh?), Ollie Watkins +8000, Donny van de Beek +15000, James Rodriguez +15000, Lucas Moura +20000, Naby Keita +25000 all included now. I don't think any of them have a great shot at winning the Golden Boot, but having more options is good, I guess.

Here's the updated breakdown, including total goals and penalties:

PlayerTeam

Total 

Goals

Penalties

9/15/2020

Odds

9/2/2020

Odds

Mohamed SalahLIV32 +350+600
Pierre-Emerick AubameyangARS10 +450+500
Harry KaneTOT00 +700+500
Timo WernerCHE00 +800+1000
Jamie VardyLEI22 +900+1400
Sergio AgueroMCI00 +1200+600
Raheem SterlingMCI00 +1200+1100
Sadio ManeLIV00 +1600+1400
Marcus RashfordMUN00+2000+2000
Anthony MartialMUN00+2000+2000
Raul JimenezWLV10+2000+2500
Gabriel JesusMCI00+2000+1600
Danny IngsSOU00+2500+2000
Bruno FernandesMUN00+2500+1600
Mason GreenwoodMUN00+3300+2500
Alexandre LacazetteARS10+4000+4000
Roberto FirminoLIV00+4000+3300
Callum WilsonNEW10+4000-
Kai HavertzCHE00+5000-
Dominic Calvert-LewinEVE10+5000+6600
Christian PulisicCHE00+5000+5000
Hakim ZiyechCHE00+5000+5000
Kevin De BruyneMCI00+5000+5000
Son Heung-MinTOT00+6600-
Rhian BrewsterLIV00+6600-
RicharlisonEVE00+6600+6600
Olivier GiroudCHE00+6600+6600
Ollie WatkinsAVL00+8000-
Michail AntonioWHU00+8000+8000
Chris WoodBUR00+8000+8000
Riyad MahrezMCI00+8000+8000
Patrick BamfordLEE10+8000+10000
Jack GrealishAVL00+10000+10000
Phil FodenMCI00+10000+10000
Neal MaupayBHA00+10000+10000
Sebastien HallerWHU00+10000+10000
Edward NketiahARS00+10000+10000
Donny van de BeekMUN00+15000-
James RodriguezEVE00+15000-
Nicolas PepeARS00+15000+15000
Ashley BarnesBUR00+15000+15000
Diogo JotaWLV00+15000+15000
Moise KeanEVE00+15000+15000
Kelechi IheanachoLEI00+15000+15000
Wilfried ZahaCRY10+15000+15000
Lucas MouraTOT00+20000-
Jay RodriguezBUR00+20000+20000
Bernardo SilvaMCI00+20000+20000
Dwight GayleNEW00+20000+20000
Jarrod BowenWHU00+20000+20000
Oliver McBurnieSHU00+20000+20000
Paul PogbaMUN00+20000+20000
Che AdamsSOU00+20000+20000
Dele AlliTOT00+20000+20000
JoelintonNEW00+20000+20000
Jordan AyewCRY00+20000+20000
Naby KeitaLIV00+25000-
Miguel AlmironNEW00+25000+25000
Leandro TrossardBHA10+25000+25000
Allan Saint-MaximinNEW00+25000+25000
David McGoldrickSHU00+25000+25000

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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is an eight-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for Football Writer of the Year.
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