Erling Haaland of Manchester City is priced at 8/1 to score a Premier League record 40 goals, according to bet365.
The move follows the Norwegian’s sensational start to the new season, in which he has scored nine goals in five games. This includes back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in his last two games.
After such an impressive start, bet365 has Haaland at 3/10 to be the Premier League’s top scorer this season, and at 13/8 to score 30 or more league goals. He’s also 2/1 to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
“Every man and his dog had an opinion on Haaland and how he’d fare in England, and they could be divided into two distinct groups: those who thought he’d struggle with injuries; that he was coming into a more demanding league; that it’d take time to adapt to Pep Guardiola’s style, and those who were correct,” bet365 said in a statement.
“Of course, Haaland’s long-term fitness remains in doubt, but it’s beginning to look like he could miss half the season and still be in contention for the Golden Boot.”
The 22-year-old was 9/2 to score a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest and is now 11/1 to do so again this weekend against Aston Villa.
“With the uncertainty of how Haaland would handle the Premier League, as well as his injury record and the possibility of rotation with the infamous ‘Pep Roulette,’ we were pleased with our 20/1 about the 22-year-old scoring 35 or more top flight goals this season,” bet365’s Steve Freeth explained.
“However, on the back of two hat-tricks in five days, we’ve quickly taken the axe to that price, and like Tyrone Mings and Co this weekend, we’re a little nervous of how this is all going to end.”
“Messrs Cole and Shearer set a record with 34 goals in 42 games.” At this rate, Haaland could finish this before the World Cup, when, unfortunately for Premier League defenders, he’ll get a six-week break!”
Like the rest of the world, bet365 has been taken aback by how quickly Haaland has adapted to life in the Premier League, with the operator’s strategy certainly an intriguing one amid all the goals flying in.
Perhaps the iconic striker is generating more bets for bookmakers… It remains to be seen whether he ends up costing them money.