|SUAREZ HAT-TRICK PUTS LIVERPOOL AHEAD OF MANCHESTER UNITED IN GOLDEN BOOT RACE
Ladbrokes: 4 March 2013
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After his hat-trick in a 4-0 demolition of Wigan, Luis Suarez leads the betting to be the Premier League top goalscorer, as an 8/11 chance.
That treble put the Uruguayan on 21 league strikes for the season, taking him two goals clear of 6/4 Robin Van Persie, who is his closest challenger.
And the money should keep coming for Suarez, given the increased domestic opportunities he will be allowed between now and the end of the season.
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Van Persie is sure to be rested for a number of Manchester United's upcoming league ties, considering Sir Alex Ferguson has a number of ventures to concentrate on.
With yet another Premier League crown all but secured, Ferguson is likely to opt for his strongest side in Champions League and FA Cup competition.
Thus, Van Persie will be afforded limited playing time in fixtures sandwiching European and domestic cup outings.
By contrast, barring fitness issues, Suarez will remain an integral part of a Liverpool side that has only league matches remaining this term.
The forward has scored nine goals in his last nine games across all competitions, whilst he has notched a superb six strikes in only his last three outings.
And given that the Reds are still to meet four of the division's worst five defensive sides, the Uruguayan's recent hot streak looks to have every chance of continuing.
Amongst other options to claim top scorer billing meanwhile, 16-goal Gareth Bale is 12/1 to excel yet further upon his recent blistering form.
Given a free role, Bale has hit seven goals in only his last five league games, but with only one of those teams faced holding a top-six spot, he could be accused of being somewhat of a flat-track bully.
It will be a huge test for the Welshman to catch Suarez, and looks a bridge too far considering Spurs are yet to play four of the Premier League's top five sides, including the two with the best defences.
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