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Suarez pulls away but Van Persie still golden boot favourite

The odds on the Liverpool striker finishing the season as Premier League top scorer have been trimmed to 11/4 after his brace against Wigan at Anfield.

Suarez pulls away but Van Persie still golden boot favourite

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is the leading scorer in this season’s Premier League after firing a pair of goals as the Reds beat Wigan 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday.

The bookies have cut Suarez’s odds of being in pole position at the end of the season to 11/4 from 9/2.

The Uruguayan has scored in the last six matches in a row for club and country, having stepped up admirably to the duty of being Liverpool’s chief strike threat this season.

Punters registering with bwin can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on Suarez to be this year’s Premier League top scorer would return £75 if successful.

Meanwhile, Robin van Persie, who won the golden boot last season during his time at Arsenal, has seen his odds of retaining the trophy drift slightly from 8/5 to 7/4.

Those with money on the Dutch star shouldn’t fret that he failed to find the net on Saturday, but Manchester United’s lacklustre attacking display in a 1-0 loss at Norwich is a concern.

However, given that United have a double header of winnable home matches in the immediate future against QPR and West Ham, they do have plenty of opportunity to get back to their usual fluent forward play.

Manchester City’s attack has been blunter than expected this season, but Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero both got two as City recorded their biggest win of the season with a 5-0 success over Aston Villa.

Aguero and Tevez both saw their golden boot odds cut substantially thanks to these strikes, from 10/1 to 15/2 and 20/1 to 12/1 respectively.

Considering the woeful showing from Villa and City’s fortune with a pair of debatable penalty decisions, the Citizens still look short of the title-winning form that would boost the Argentine pair’s hopes of catching fellow South American Suarez.

Bizarrely Demba Ba’s odds of landing the golden boot have lengthened to 16/1 despite the reliable finisher tying with Van Persie in second place in the top goalscorer chart with his eighth goal of the season on Saturday.

That Newcastle suffered their second successive home defeat in a 2-1 loss to Swansea explains the bookies’ pessimism on Ba’s hopes.

But if Alan Pardew’s side can regain their form and keep supplying Ba, these odds should come down again.

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Dan Billingham