Romelu Lukaku is the red-hot favourite for the Premier League Golden Boot after Harry Kane, who is trying to retain the top goalscorer award, lost ground while sidelined by his second ankle injury of the season.
Up to mid-March, Kane had been on a terrific run of 19 goals in 19 matches since mid-September, although he was sidelined for six weeks in the autumn with an ankle problem sustained near the end of Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 victory against Sunderland in which he scored the winner.
And with the England striker in terrific form, fresh from a double against Everton, he sustained a similar knock early in the FA Cup rout of Millwall, with manager Mauricio Pochettino comparing it after the match to Kane’s injury of six months earlier.
Therefore, with the Spurs man having missed three more league matches, his Golden Boot odds drifted to 7/1 as Lukaku pulled away while he was sidelined, the Belgian now up to 24 league goals for the campaign.
In the chasing pack it is still very close and five players are separated by just three goals. After Kane on 20 comes Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea’s Diego Costa with 19 followed by Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero with 17 for the campaign.
Diego Costa (left) of Chelsea in action during a pre-season friendly match against Rapid Vienna (Getty Images)
Ibrahimovic is the only one who is definitely out of contention having suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury at the end of United's Europa League victory over Anderlecht which has put his future, at the age of 35, into real question, not just with his current club but for his career generally.
Costa's odds are shorter than those of Sanchez, mainly because he is an automatic choice to lead the line for runaway league leaders Chelsea whereas the Chilean sometimes plays in support of Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck or Olivier Giroud, while the Blues are showing no signs that their goalscoring will dry up.
Aguero, the 2014-15 Golden Boot winner, has plenty of ground to make up having served two suspensions this season and also been kept out of the Manchester City starting line-up temporarily following the superb early impact made by the club’s exciting Brazilian arrival Gabriel Jesus…until he suffered a foot injury that let the Argentine back in.