Golden Boot competition for a thrilling finale

With six players separated by three goals, the 2023/24 Castrol Golden Boot race has been one of the most hotly contested in recent seasons.

Cole Palmer is now level on 20 goals with Manchester City star Erling Haaland after scoring four times in Chelsea's 6-0 win over Everton on Monday.

Top goal scorers goals tally and matches
player goals Fixtures
Erling Holland 20 BHA (A), NFO (A), WOL (H), FUL (A), TOT (A), WHU (H)
Cole Palmer 20 ARS (A), AVL (A), TOT (H), WHU (H), NFO (A), BHA (A), BOU (H)
Ollie Watkins 19 BOU (H), CHE (H), BHA (A), LIV (H), CRY (A)
Alexander Isaac 17 CRY (A), SHU (H), BUR (A), BHA (H), MUN (A), BRE (A)
Mohammed Salah 17 FUL (A), EVE (A), WHU (A), TOT (H), AVL (A), WOL (H)
Dominique Solange 17 AVL (A), WOL (A), BHA (H), ARS (A), BRE (H), CHE (A)

Ally Watkins is hot on the pair's heels after Aston Villa's stunning 2-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday and is determined to win the award.

„We're all fighting for it,” Watkins said after the match. „My eyes are on it. I want to score every game.”

The other chasing pack has a strong pedigree with 17 goals.

Three-time Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah is still in contention to add a fourth prize, while Alexander Isak and Dominic Solange are both enjoying their best goalscoring seasons in the competition.

Here we analyze the contenders and key stats in the hunt for the Golden Boot.

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Isak and Palmer are the best for minutes per goal

The Newcastle United striker and Chelsea attacker currently have the best strike rate in the Premier League.

They have each averaged 104 minutes per goal, putting them at the top of the competition's statistics this season.

That puts them just ahead of the next best player, Holland, who averages 20 goals per 109 minutes.

minutes-per-goal ratio
player Minutes per target
Cole Palmer, Alexander Isaac 104
Erling Holland 109
Mohammed Salah 126
Ollie Watkins 147
Dominique Solange 168
Solange's goals are very important

When it comes to valuable goals, Solange is the most important striker for his team.

The AFC Bournemouth striker's 17 goals earned his side an extra 15 points, just ahead of Watkins' 19 goals which earned him 14 points for Villa.

Extra points earned
player Scored more points
Dominique Solange 15
Ollie Watkins 14
Cole Palmer 13
Mohammed Salah 11
Erling Holland 10
Alexander Isaac 5
Holland missed huge chances

Although the Man City striker holds joint-leadership at the top of the goalscoring charts, his advantage could be significantly greater had he not been wasteful.

Holland may have scored 20 times in the Premier League, but the Norwegian has spurned 30 big chances, 11 more than the next player, Solange.

Great opportunities missed
player Big opportunities missed
Cole Palmer 4
Ollie Watkins 12
Mohammed Salah 13
Alexander Isaac 15
Dominique Solange 19
Erling Holland 30

Was Watkins unlucky?

One player who could consider himself unlucky in the Golden Boot race is Watkins.

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Had five of his shots not hit the woodwork and gone in instead, he would have scored 24 goals in the Premier League.

Hitting the woodwork more often
player The woodworking hit of the times
Cole Palmer 0
Alexander Isaac 1
Erling Holland, Mohamed Salah 2
Dominique Solange 3
Ollie Watkins 5
Isaac and Palmer are more clinical

Although he doesn't have many goals, Isaac is a very clinical finisher.

The Swede's shot conversion rate is an impressive 28.33 percent, with Palmer not far behind at 24.4 percent.

Best conversion rate
player with goals min/goal shots* Shots on target % Conversion Rate*
Holland 26 20 109 102 48 19.61
Palmer 28 20 104 82 40 24.40
Watkins 32 19 147 95 43 20.00
Isaac 24 17 104 60 33 28.33
Salah 26 17 126 93 45 18.28
Solange 32 17 168 94 33 18.09

*including blocked views

See more stats from 2023/24 and previous seasons

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