It feels like the Premier League season ended just a couple of weeks ago, but the new campaign gets underway August 17. The transfer window is still open and clubs are still in the middle of some wheeling and dealing trying to get the best XI that they can afford ready for kickoff.
One of the most popular prop bets in the Premier League is Top Goalscorer and with the hitmen that have come into the league (Jovetic and Negredo at Man City, Soldado's potential move to Spurs) and some goalscorers' futures still in the balance (think Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez), the race for the leagues' top marksman has the potential to be an entertaining one.
Here is a look at a few guys worth some consideration (odds courtesy of William Hill):
Robin Van Persie, Manchester United (+350)
2012-13: 26 goals
The Dutchman has led the Premier League in scoring the past two seasons with 26 goals last season for United and 30 the season before with Arsenal. It will be interesting to see how the Red Devils adapt to life with new manager David Moyes calling the shots from the touch line. United has not made a splash in the transfer market, failing in its pursuit of ex-Barcelona playmaker Thiago Alcântara, who decided to join the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.
Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea (+2500)
2012-13: 17 goals (on loan with West Brom)
This could be the season that the young Belgian establishes himself as a star. Luakau finished sixth in the league with 17 goals while playing with an overachieving West Brom side. Lukaku could very well be José Mourinho's first-choice striker, with Fernando Torres never really fitting in at Stamford Bridge and Demba Ba only notching a pair of goals in 11 appearances following his move from Newcastle in January. Lukaku is big, strong, physically dominant, and can score with either foot or his head. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar and Andre Schürrle playing around him capable of making the killer pass, Lukaku could be in for a very, very big season.
Michu, Swansea (+6600)
2012-13: 18 goals
Michael Laudrup was appointed Swansea boss after Brendan Rodgers bolted for Liverpool in 2012. Laudrup employs a free flowing, attacking style that caters to the attractive passing style that made him a star player. Michu was the beneficiary of Laudrup's tactics, having notched 18 goals in his first season in the Premier League. The Spaniard made an immediate impact, scoring in bunches, and became a cult hero at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans have re-loaded in the transfer window adding more attacking pieces to the lineup, such as Wilfried Bony and Jonjo Shelvey. The future appears bright for the Welsh club and the goals should come fast and furious for Michu.