The summer of blockbuster transfers in European soccer continued this past weekend, with the breaking news that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Italian powerhouse Juventus to join Manchester United. Ronaldo’s return to the Red Devils comes in the wake of a number of player transfer that have changed the landscape of European soccer, including Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain and Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea. Ronaldo’s arrival in England has also caused an immediate shake up on the Premier League top goalscorer odds, with Ronaldo now closely trailing Lukaku, who continues to lead the way as betting favourite. While Lukaku and Ronaldo have wasted no time climbing to the top of the odds, there is no shortage of quality challengers making a bid for top goalscorer honours. Last season’s top scorer Harry Kane remains perched among the favourites, joined by Mohamed Saleh, who fell just one marker short of a third career top goalscorer title last season.
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the goalscorer odds and trends as the Premier League season ramps. Sports bettors looking to get in on European soccer action for the first time can refer to our betting guides to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their soccer betting experience.
CR7 Transfer Changes the Soccer Landscape
The soccer world was stunned by the breaking news of Cristiano Ronaldo’s sudden transfer to Manchester United. Financial troubles plaguing Juventus have been no secret, and it appeared likely that with just one year remaining on his contract Ronaldo would eventually part ways with the Italian side. However, few observers expected CR7 to leave Italy so suddenly. Ronaldo’s arrival in Manchester further boosts the hopes of Red Devils supporters who have already been heartened by a fast start to the new campaign. Pegged just shy of the favourites on the odds to win the Premier League entering the season, Manchester United have powered out of the gate with two wins and a draw through three contests, capped by Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Wolves. The steady performance of his new teammates has had an immediate impact on Ronaldo’s odds to led the EPL in goalscoring this year, with a $20 bet at BetSafe (4.00) generating a return of just $80.00.
📅 12 Years Ago Today:
🏟 438 Games
⚽️ 451 Goals
🎯 131 Assists
4 🏆🇪🇺 Champions League
3 🏆🌍 Club World Cup
2 🏆🇪🇸 La Liga
2 🏆🇪🇸 Copa del Rey
2 🏆🇪🇸 Super Cup
2 🏆🇪🇺 Super Cup
✅ @RealMadrid‘s all-time top goalscorer.
🐐 Legend. pic.twitter.com/vqYCinbB8G
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 29, 2021
With reports indicating that Ronaldo has already passed his physical, he could be in line to join the club just in time to see action during a challenging schedule in September. Following a favourable matchup with Newcastle United on September 11, the Red Devils take on West Ham United in League Cup action, and also open their UEFA Champions League schedule with clashes against Switzerland’s Young Boys and Spanish side Villarreal.
Lukaku Key to Chelsea’s Title Hopes
Like Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku has caused a stir with his return to the Premier League. The Belgian star transferred to Chelsea FC after spending the past two seasons in Italy toiling with Inter Milan. And while he failed to claim a goalscoring title in his first eight Premier League seasons, Lukaku has emerged as a solid favourite to lead the way this time around, with a $20 bet at Bet99 (3.95) paying out $79.
In 3 PL games Chelsea already have 6 different goal scorers in the league. Alonso, Pulisic, Chalobah, Lukaku, Reece James & Kai Havertz.
Team effort. pic.twitter.com/HNnFVi4gaa
— Conn (@ConnCFC) August 29, 2021
The 28-year-old established himself as an elite goalscorer during his two years in Italy, racking up 47 goals in 72 total matches, and finishing second to Ronaldo with 24 markers last season. However, Lukaku has yet to find his stride in his second tour of duty with the Blues, scoring just once over his first two outings for a Chelsea squad that will need to be far better offensively this season if they are to challenge for the top of the table.
Can Kane Succeed in Tottenham?
That opens the door for the reigning top goalscorer, Harry Kane, who offers extraordinary betting value at Betway (7.00), where a $20 wager on the Tottenham Hotspur striker to repeat pays out a tidy $140. Kane had been openly seeking a move from Tottenham during the offseason but might be quite content to stay with the Spurs, who have stormed out of the gate to a 3-0-0 start.
⚽️ Most goals in first 200 PL apps for Tottenham
137 Harry Kane
85 Teddy Sheringham
81 Robbie Keane
72 HEUNG-MIN SON
68 Jermain Defoe pic.twitter.com/oUYU1DcMT7
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 29, 2021
However, Kane has yet to find the back of the net for a Spurs squad that has scored just three total goals to date and struggled to produce consistent offence down the stretch last season.
Saleh Set to Thrive with Healthy Reds
With little to no early-season production coming from the top three players on the odds board, serious consideration has to be given to Mohamed Saleh in his pursuit of a third career scoring title. The 29-year-old Egyptian superstar offers the best value at BetSafe (6.00), where a $20 bet produces a return of $120. And with good reason.
Highest African Goalscorers in the Premier League
1. Didier Drogba 🇨🇮 – 104 goals
2. Mohamed Salah 🇪🇬 – 99 goals
3. Emmanuel Adebayor 🇹🇬 – 97 goals
4. Sadio Mane 🇸🇳 – 96 goals
5. Yakubu Aiyegbeni 🇳🇬 – 95 goals
6. Riyad Mahrez 🇩🇿 – 66 goals
7. Aubameyang 🇬🇦 – 64 goals
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) August 28, 2021
Saleh emerged as one of the brightest lights for Liverpool FC last season, as they struggled through a rash of injuries and an eventual fourth-place finish. However, with the Reds opening the new campaign in good health, and enjoying an undefeated start that has fans once again thinking about the top of the table, Saleh should enjoy the assistance of a strong supporting cast as he seeks to regain his past top goalscorer form.