Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Luis Suarez can net Golden Boot

Showing his teeth: Luis Suarez is back with a bang

Luis Suarez brought some extra bite back to the Liverpool attack – in the right way – in the 3-1 defeat over Sunderland, giving them their best start to a season in years which sees them second behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

He may have had his teething problems, but no one can doubt his ability as a top striker and the Uruguayan is a very tempting 10/1 with BetVictor to win the Golden Boot come next May.

Daniel Sturridge is the same price and he did his case no harm with his fourth opening goal in six matches.

But it was that double from Suarez in his first game back from his 10-match ban for taking a chunk out of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic that caught the eye and 3/1 to grab at least 20 goals this term, is well worth a gamble.

Manager Brendan Rogers couldn't be happier with this partnership who are 7/4 as a couple to score more goals than any other pairing this season while William Hill go 2/1 Man United duo Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

They don't have to be playing together for goals to count and currently they are level on six goals.

Next in the betting comes Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero at 11-2, followed by Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott at 9-1 and Southampton's Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo at 12-1. Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) are rated 16-1 shots and Tottenham's Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe are 25-1. Liverpool remain sixth favourites at best odds of 12/1 for Premier League glory, something they haven't tasted since 1990.

But things are shaping up for a tremendous battle with both Manchester teams, far from impressive. City are dodgy favourites at 9/4 while United have drifted out to 7/1.

But it has to be remembered that they won in 2002-03 after picking up only eight points from their first seven fixtures, although Chelsea look the best value at 3/1.

Those who fancy 'Pool for a top-four place, can have 5/4 which is not beyond them if Suarez and Sturridge keep hitting the target.

Liverpool's finishing position: 12/1 first; 9/1 second; 15/2 third; 13/2 four; 7/2 fifth; 3/1 sixth; 4/1 seven or lower. Top four: 5/4.

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