Teemu Pukki’s Explosive EPL Start Takes Bookies By Surprise
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It’s early days for the Premier League in 2019/20, but Norwich City’s Finnish forward Teemu Pukki is threatening to take the division by storm.
Following his hat trick against Newcastle at Carrow Road on Saturday, Coral slashed his odds in the Golden Boot market from 80/1 (+8000) down to 10/1 (+1000).
Prior to the start of the campaign, Pukki was available at 100/1 (+10000). Many sportsbooks did not even offer a price, as they deemed his chances of becoming the top flight’s top scorer this season too remote.
Yet after four goals in two matches – he also scored at Anfield in the opening match of 2019/20 – Pukki is now a shorter price with Coral than established superstar strikers such as Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette.
Even if Pukki’s new price is too skinny to tempt bettors, it’s possible to have a flutter on him bagging at least 20 Premier League goals this season. Bet365 make the flying Finn a 14/1 (+1400) chance to hit that landmark.
According to Bet365’s Steve Freeth, “a goal at Anfield and a hat-trick on your Premier League home debut is a great way for Pukki to kick off a campaign where some questioned whether he could step up from the Championship.”
Who is Teemu Pukki?
The Finn certainly has pedigree in English football. He was the second flight’s top scorer last season, with 29 goals. No player in the division had scored as many in the previous five seasons, with Glenn Murray the last to reach the 30-goal milestone, back in 2012/13.
But even the Championship top scorers who have done reasonably well in the top division haven’t got so close to 20 goals in the recent past.
The closest was Rickie Lambert. He scored 27 to take the Championship Golden Boot in 2011/12, then followed it up with 15 in Southampton’s first season back in the big time.
History is therefore not on Pukki’s side, though it took Lambert until the 12th match of the season to score his fifth goal, so he does have time to get ahead of the curve.
Pukki has had a remarkable, nomadic career. The 29-year-old has played top flight football in Spain, Germany, Scotland, Denmark and England, as well as in his native Finland.
For all he has achieved, the Premier League Golden Boot is perhaps a dream too far. Scoring the goals to keep Norwich in the division would be a massive accomplishment in itself, with the Canaries rated 8/11 (-137) to stay up.