The goal was Salah’s 19th of the year and pulled him even with Sergio Aguero for the Premier League lead.
On Salah and Aguero’s heels are their respective teammates Sadio Mane (18) and Raheem Sterling (17).
Raheem Sterling in particular is making a late-charge at the Golden Boot, netting a brace on Sunday after notching a hat trick last month against Watford.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane also have 17 goals a piece.
Where Aguero, Salah, and Sterling stand out is how they’re creating opportunities other than just finding the back of the net. Aguero and Salah have both contributed 7 assists this campaign, and Sterling has 9.
Salah is also leading all Premier League players in total shots, taking 88 so far this campaign. However, Aguero is making the most of his time on the field, scoring a goal every 109 minutes played (compared to Salah’s one per 153 minutes).
Premier League Golden Boot Odds
Despite City having a game-in-hand, Aguero and Salah are the same odds at +163 to win the Golden Boot (meaning you bet $100 to win $163, go here for a refresher on how to bet soccer). Given their respective team’s title chase, expect both to play all of their remaining Premier League games.
All odds from BetStars NJ as of 04/14/19.
|Sergio Aguero +163||Mo Salah +163||Sadio Mane +500|
|Aubameyang +700||Raheem Sterling +1000||Harry Kane +2500|
Given Harry Kane’s latest injury, it’s safe to rule him out of contention now. There’s certainly some value in Sterling’s +1000. He scores in bunches and City need him in top form for their remaining five domestic games.
Salah looked very confident on Sunday though, and if he plays like that the remainder of the season, he could quickly run away with the scoring title again (some down year).
Players always know who the best players really are.
And when the best player ever having one his best seasons ever says who he thinks the best soccer players are today, you listen.
“Excluding [Cristiano Ronaldo] and me, the best players in the world are [Kylian] Mbappe, Neymar, [Eden] Hazard, [Luis] Suarez and [Sergio] Aguero.”
Messi leaves out defenders and keepers, but if you’re looking for the best offensive players in the world, it’s hard to argue with that list. After all, he’d know best.
Back in January, we here at High Press Soccer wrote that the Premier League Golden Boot was Mo Salah‘s to lose. At that point on January 20th, Salah had 16 goals. He was two ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a recently injured Harry Kane. Sergio Aguero was a distant six behind with 10 goals.
Over the next two months, Salah couldn’t finish a sentence.
Since Janaury, Salah has bagged one goal. He sits with 17, one behind Sergio Aguero’s 18.
The Premier League is back in action this weekend after the international break. It’ll be a sprint to the finish as there will be no more weekend’s off before the season wraps. Here’s a look at Golden Boot leaders, odds, and why this is a crapshoot with some value.
Premier League Golden Boot Odds
|Sergio Aguero +150 (18 goals)||Mo Salah +300 (17 goals)||Harry Kane +333 (17 goals)|
|Aubameyang +600 (17 goals)||Sadio Mane +850 (17 goals)||Raheem Sterling +2500 (15 goals)|
With so many prolific scorers so closely bunched up, any one of the above six has a realistic shot at the boot. Liverpool’s Mane and Salah have a game in hand on Aguero, Kane, Aubameyang, and Sterling. However, Mane and Salah are also (as of now) about the sole offensive output for Liverpool (save occasionally for Virgil van Dijk‘s head).
Nobody on the list is overvalued, but you could argue that Mane and Reheem Sterling are very undervalued. Mane is having a Salah-esque end of season hot streak, with 10 goals in his last 10 games. Sterling is capable of a hat trick in any given game. He’s having the best season of his career, and is in PFA Player of the Year discussions.
Mane at +850 and Sterling at +2500 are fun fliers to book and ride out the season.
Not. So. Fast.
Since then, Manchester City started to roll again, Liverpool had two costly draws, Salah went scoreless twice, and Sergio Aguero netted two hat tricks.
Now City are ahead of Liverpool (who have a game in hand) on goal differential, and Aguero (with his Goal of the Week) has tied Salah (with his game in hand) for the Premier League Golden Boot. Both sit with 17 goals after matchday 26, two ahead of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
In just a few games, Salah has gone from an odds-on 10/11 favorite to 6/4, and Aguero has gone from 3/1 to just ahead of Mo at 5/4.
Who Will Win the Golden Boot?
Despite the Aguero scoring surge, Salah still has the advantage for three reasons:
- He has a game in hand
- Aguero, who when healthy is a more effective striker than Salah, has a body made of papier-mâché
- City have enough depth to give Aguero a breather or two, and Liverpool can’t afford to sit Salah
Just like the Premier League title race, the Golden Boot comes down to City and Liverpool. Who emerges atop the table might be directly tied to who produces the most goals for their club down the stretch.
It was a record-setting day for Sergio Aguero.
Aguero became the sixth player in Premier League history to tally 200 total scores (goals+assists) with just one club. Today’s latest hat trick gives the Manchester City striker 161 goals to go along with 41 assists.
Aguero’s hat trick helped propel City to a 6-0 demolishing of Chelsea and puts the Sky Blues back atop the Premier League table, three points ahead of Liverpool (who have a game in hand).
With that in mind, Aguero’s first goal today is our High Press Soccer Premier League Goal of the Week.