Tammy Abraham has been cut to 7/1 in bwin’s Premier League top scorer odds after opening the scoring in Chelsea’s 4-1 win at Southampton.
We tipped the 22-year-old to break the deadlock at St Mary’s Stadium in our preview of that match and he is now joint-top of the Golden Boot table on eight goals.
Abraham had also struck in the Blues’ Champions League triumph at Lille earlier in a week which saw him handed an England recall.
The former Aston Villa loanee continues to justify the faith of his manager, despite competition in the form of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
“When people are in good form, you talk about things happening for them and that is down to how Tammy has handled himself all season, from the early moments of pre-season and when people were questioning him in different ways,” Frank Lampard said.
“I trusted Tammy at the start of the season and I felt it was his time to come back to Chelsea.
“I know people will talk about the circumstances (transfer ban), but he also has Oli Giroud, as a World Cup winner, and Batshuayi, a top-class Premier League striker in my opinion, is there.
“Tammy has made the place his own in the short term, but he has to keep going because competition is key.
“Over the course of the season, we will need everyone. He deserves this great week and deserves this start to the season, but I’ll keep on him because I want more.”
Mane and Haller hit the target
Sadio Mane was the only other leading Golden Boot contender to hit the target in the eighth round of fixtures.
The Liverpool ace, one of three co-winners last term, struck in a 2-1 triumph over Leicester to take his tally to five and is rated a 10/1 chance.
Mane grabbed his 50th Premier League goal for the Reds in his 100th appearance for the club in this competition after racing onto a superb through-ball from James Milner.
“The assist was just incredible,” said Mane. “I didn’t expect that he saw me, because usually he never gives me that kind of ball!”
Sebastien Haller can be backed at 50/1 in bwin’s Premier League top scorer odds after improving his tally to four by scoring in West Ham’s 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace.
However, the 25-year-old was frustrated by a failure to do better versus the Eagles, having several close-range efforts saved.
“I think we could have won this game,” he stated on the club website. “But it’s the Premier League and everything is about small details.
“Maybe we, or I, should have scored earlier, but that’s football. We missed some chances, me first, and I should have been more efficient.”
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