What do Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-Min, and Alisson Becker all have in common? On top of being world-class players, they claimed the prestigious Premier League Golden Awards last season.
The Golden Boot, Golden Glove, and Playmaker of the Season titles set aside team performance to reward individual excellence – the very best athletes in the most competitive league in the entire world.
With a handful of recent arrivals prepping to throw their names into the hat, we expect the battles for this year’s EPL Golden Awards to dominate the morning headlines for months to come. These are the favourites for the honours, according to the best betting sites in the UK.
Golden Boot Betting Odds
The Golden Boot award goes to the league’s top scorer. Many of the EPL’s greatest strikers have competed for and ultimately won the award, making it one of the most challenging but rewarding honoursout there.
Erling Haaland (9/2)
At 888sport, Haaland leads the list of EPL odds despite having yet to debut in the league. The 21-year-old Norwegian superstar produced 62 goals in 67 matches with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, and his combination of size, brute strength, and nose for the back of the net makes him a near-impossible flop.
The £51m bargain signing will also benefit from playing for Manchester City, a team that produced the most goals in the entire league last season despite regularly playing without a recognised numbernine. Haaland’s teammates will feed him lots of chances, and his excellent conversion rates suggests that he will net a of goals during his debut season in the EPL.
Mohamed Salah (9/4)
Salah has won three Golden Boots in the past five years, including a high mark of 32 goals in 2017/18. The tricky Egyptian winger plays in a relentlessly attacking Liverpool side and will get as many chances as anybody to snag the award.
Liverpool’s pattern of play figures to lean towards Salah’s favoured right side even more than in the past, following the departure of talisman Sadio Mane; not to discredit presumptive replacement Luis Diaz, or the flexible Diogo Jota, but Salah’s reputation as a ruthless scorer did not come from nowhere. His performances this season will largely dictate how Liverpool’s campaign goes.
Harry Kane (11/2)
The 29-year-old has dropped deeper into the midfield as his career has progressed, but a new-look Tottenham side, combined with manager Antonio Conte’s tactics, should help him push closer to the opponents’ box. Kane can score from seemingly any area of the pitch and has the consistency a defensive-minded squad needs to succeed.
If there is any impediment in the way of England’s golden boy, it is his teammate and winger, Son Heung-Min, who is a ruthless finisher in his own right. However, if Spurs are going to hit the highs that many are predicting, both will have to be in form in front of goal.
Darwin Nunez (17/2)
Nunez is a total wildcard here; Liverpool’s latest signing burst onto the scene in the Portuguese league last season, scoring 26 times in just 28 outings.
However, his transition to Liverpool has left onlookers puzzled, as he has racked up a reel of calamitous errors while also scoring four goals in one half during a preseason match. He will need time to adapt to the Reds’ tactics, but he has the potential if nothing else.
Cristiano Ronaldo (10/1)
Talk about split opinions. Ronaldo is, at his best, the most brilliant finisher in the world, but it seems as if he will hold out from playing for Manchester United until he is granted a transfer.
Newly appointed manager Erik ten Hag said that he has plans for Ronaldo, but does Ronaldo have plans for him? Nobody knows.
Additional Golden Boot Betting Odds
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Golden Glove Betting Odds
The Golden Glove is a representation of the safest hands in the league. This award is handed to the keeperwho keeps the most clean sheets as the final man in the line of defence.
City’s ball-playing GK may not be as strong of a shot-stopper as his Brazilian compatriot, Alisson (soon to come), but he is also likely to face fewer shots.
The other 10 men in City’s lineup tend to dominate possession and prevent opponents from even producing goal-scoring chances, thus increasing his clean sheet probability, so much so that he is the most likely to win the Golden Glove, according to bet365.
Alisson Becker (7/4)
Alisson is one of the most obvious picks to win the Golden Glove award; Liverpool’s mountain of a man between the sticks claimed the award last season and is regarded as one of, if not the best keeper in the world. He also has an all-time defender, Virgil van Dijk, standing just ahead of him, which takes a ton of responsibility off of his plate.
Édouard Mendy (8/1)
Mendy was a godsend upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge but has shown repeated lapses in concentration since, which should bring a sense of caution to his bettors. Chelsea, however, have one of Europe’s elite defences on their day, which will always keep him high up in the odds.
Hugo Lloris (10/1)
Lloris has not always aged gracefully but is still serviceable. He also plays behind five defenders that will soak up the pressure and stand firm between him and opposing attackers, thereby also reducing the shots that he has to face.
Additional Golden Glove Betting Odds
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Playmaker of the Season Betting Odds
The Playmaker of the Season is the player that can manufacture the most assists. Simply put, they create the game’s timeline instead of wading through it.
Kevin De Bruyne (4/1)
Top football betting sites agree that Kevin De Bruyne has a high likelihood of leading the league in assists despite being uncharacteristically low last season. The Belgian wizard orchestrates much of Man City’s attack and will have a serious advantage with Erling Haaland lurking in the box.
Trent-Alexander Arnold (8/1)
Trent Alexander-Arnold is already viewed as the best attacking fullback in the EPL’s history, having shattered the mould of what a modern defender can do. He is also perennially near or atop the EPL stats, and as long as Mo Salah is still on his flank, he’ll likely stay there.
Bruno Fernandes (10/1)
Fernandes could be one of the biggest benefactors from the arrival of ten Hag, a creative-minded coach that wants to bring more intricate passing into Man U’s attack. The Portuguese midfielder thrives when he can dictate the play in front of him and should be a consistent presence in the lineup.
Mohamed Salah (12/1)
Salah’s goals tally did not hold him back from winning Playmaker of the Year last season as Liverpool finished second in the league. He could, however, be affected by Mane’s absence in the box, which is his only roadblock.
Jack Grealish (14/1)
Contrary to Salah’s hurdle, Grealish could struggle to even get onto the pitchevery week; manager Pep Guardiola prefers to rotate his squad, so for as many goals as City scores, Grealish may not spend enough time on the field to rack up enough assists to scoop the Playmaker of the Year award.
Additional Playmaker of the Year Betting Odds
* All odds correct at time of publishing but are subject to change.
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