Aguero leads Ibrahimovic, Kane on odds to win EPL goal scoring title

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Sergio Aguero has been one of the top goal scorers in the English Premier League since 2011, scoring 105 goals in 151 league appearances in that time. The Argentinian superstar is the current favorite to finish the 2016-17 season as the top goal scorer in the EPL.

Aguero is the +225 favorite to be the EPL’s top goal scorer at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Manchester City sniper finished fourth in scoring with 17 goals in 2013-14 despite playing in just 23 league matches that year. Aguero won the league’s scoring title with 26 goals in 2014-15, and finished in second place last season with 24 goals in 30 caps. Through Man City’s first two games this season, Aguero already has three goals.

Tied with Aguero for the current goal scoring lead with three goals is Manchester United’s prized offseason acquisition, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic racked up 113 goals in 122 games with Paris Saint-Germain from 2012 to 2016, and is expected to get Manchester United back into the hunt for a Premier League title this season. The Swedish striker is currently going off at +350 to win the award.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (+1000 on the top goal scorer odds) will almost certainly get himself into the mix to come away with the league’s goal scoring title. The 23-year-old topped the table in 2015-16 with 25 goals, and finished runner up to Aguero in 2014-15. Kane is one of the premier young forwards in the world.

After suffering a down year with the rest of his team in 2015-16, Diego Costa (+1000) has already scored two goals in two games for Chelsea so far this season. Costa scored 20 goals in 26 games two seasons ago, but had just 12 goals in 28 games last year.

Other potential contenders for the top scoring spot in the English Premier League include Michy Batshuayi (+2000), Romelu Lukaku (+2200), Jamie Vardy (+2500), Daniel Sturridge (+2500) and Olivier Giroud (+2500).
Vardy tied Aguero for second in scoring last year with 24 goals, helping lead Leicester City to their dream season and pay off on the English Premier League title odds.

English Premier League betting: Liverpool small favorite over Arsenal

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Based on their recent history, one relative certainty when Arsenal plays Liverpool is that they might hit the over.

Ahead of their match on Saturday, Liverpool is even-money at +105 for the win with Arsenal a +240 underdog and a draw listed at +255 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The English Premier League rivals, who are in a five-team race for three spots in next season’s Champions League, have combined for 13 goals in their past two matchups.

Arsenal, which is 15-5-5 (wins-draws-losses) in the Premiership, will be trying not to concede three points. Key playmaker Mesut Ozil (illness) may be something of a match-day decision for manager Arsene Wegner, and Ozil’s absence would affect Arsenal’s ability to create opportunities for striker Alexis Sanchez.

Liverpool, which is 14-7-5, is dealing with a varied list of injuries. Captain Jordan Henderson (foot) is out , while the status of defender Dejan Lovren (knee) and forward Daniel Sturridge (illness) seems shaky.

Saturday’s fixtures also feature a matchup of two teams drawing bettors’ attention for trending in opposite directions, with Manchester United a -425 favorite against +1100 underdog Bournemouth (with a draw listed at +500).

Manchester United, at 13-9-3, is only two points adrift of a coveted top-four spot. With 35-year-old Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring at an impressive rate, Man U has lost only one of its last 26 matches and has won its last six across all competitions.

They are 4-3-0 (wins-draws-losses) in their last seven matches at Old Trafford against mid-table teams such as Bournemouth, but totals bettors should know that they have scored three goals in only one of those matches.

A continued skein of wins would further lower Manchester United’s price on the top-four finish odds board at the sportsbooks. One of their central playmakers in the midfield, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, should be back from a leg injury, which would help with generating a more flowing attack.

Bournemouth, 7-5-14 in the league, has lost six of its last seven matches in all competitions and has been outscored 12-4 in their last four Premiership matches. The Cherries have also allowed a league-most 30 goals in 13 away matches.

Bournemouth are still four points ahead of the bottom three with 14 matches left, but need to win one soon.

17 trampled to death by stampeding crowd at Angola soccer stadium

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JOHANNESBURG — A crowd stampeded at a football stadium in Angola on Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead and dozens injured.

The accident happened in the northwestern town of Uige when hundreds of people rushed at one of the stadium gates, causing some to fall and be trampled underfoot, according to Angolan and Portuguese media.

Some of the dead were children who suffocated in the stampede, the Portuguese news agency Lusa said. Lusa and Angop, Angola’s state-run news agency, reported a death toll of 17.

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (pictured above) expressed condolences to the families of the victims, and instructed officials to assist the injured and open an investigation, Angop reported.

Spectators had gone to the stadium to watch the inaugural game between home team Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in the national Girabola competition.