The seven leading contenders for Serie A top scorer award
The 2023-2024 Serie A season is in full swing and the Capocannoniere race is heating...
The 2023-2024 Serie A season is in full swing and the Capocannoniere race is heating up. The Serie A has always attracted some of the best strikers in the world, from Gabriel Batistuta to Andriy Shevchenko, from Samuel Eto’o to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Italy legends and World Cup winners such as Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti. We’ve always witnessed some of the most prolific goal-scorers in football history bagging goals in Serie A, and this season is no different. With the likes of Victor Oshimen, Romelu Lukaku, and Lautaro Martinez leading the line for their respective teams, the competition for the top scorer award is beyond promising.
As fans and pundits eagerly anticipate the outcome at the end of the season, the one question everyone asks is: Who will be the Serie A Golden Boot in May? With so many world-class and talented strikers competing for the award, it is challenging to predict who will come out on top, but we have a list of seven names who will likely succeed. From Napoli‘s talisman Victor Osimhen to Inter‘s Lautaro Martinez, these players have the potential to shape the league’s narrative. In this article, we’ll discuss the top seven strikers, their goal-scoring abilities, and the potential influence they could exert on clinching the Capocannoniere Award in Serie A this season.
- Lautaro Martinez
Lautaro Martinez is currently one of the top strikers in Serie A And is already leading the race for the top scorer award. With 15 goals in 16 games, he has been in impressive form for Inter this season. Back in September, he scored four goals against Salernitana. Despite having an xG of 9.19, he has so far exceeded expectations, showcasing his clinical finishing and goal-scoring ability.
The Argentine currently averages 0.94 goals per 90 minutes. If he continues at this rate, this will represent a significant improvement compared to his previous seasons. In the 2022-2023 campaign, he finished as the second best-scorer behind Victor Osimhen, netting 21 goals in 38 games. He is six goals away from breaking his goal-scoring record from last season. This demonstrates his remarkable performance and increased goal-scoring efficiency in the ongoing season. As of now, he’s the most likely candidate to be crowned Capocannoniere for 2023-24.
- Domenico Berardi
Italy winger Domenico Berardi is currently the second top scorer in Serie A with nine goals to his name in 1,156 minutes of play. He has exceeded his expected goals (xG) which stands at 6.24, indicating his ability to convert goal-scoring opportunities. The fact that he takes penalties for Sassuolo and rarely misses them has an impact too.
Berardi’s outstanding goal-scoring record and consistent performance make him a key player for Sassuolo, the only unreplaceable player at the Mapei Stadium. The 29-year-old has a proven track record of scoring goals in Italy, as he has netted 142 across all competitions since joining the team at 17. With his current form and goal-scoring ability, he is a strong contender for the top scorer award in Serie A this season.
- Olivier Giroud
France World Cup winner Olivier Giroud has been in impressive form this season and is playing a pivotal role for Milan despite the Rossoneri’s struggles. Giroud joined the Serie A giants in the 2021-2022 season from Chelsea and with eight goals and an xG of 5.91 this season, he is a strong contender for the top scorer award in the Serie A.
Ageing like a fine wine, the Frenchman is still one of the best strikers to watch in the league. Giroud’s performance in the Serie A has been notable, with eight goals in 14 matches, averaging one goal scored every 130 minutes. He’s been involved in 13 Milan goals so far in Serie A, nearly once per game. His past achievements and loads of experience are one advantage he has over other strikers in the league, including being a three-time top goal scorer for his clubs in different competitions, demonstrating his ability to compete for the Capocannoniere Award.
- Victor Osimhen
Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen is a strong contender for the Serie A top scorer award this term. With seven goals in 13 appearances and an xG of 6.62, he has continued his impressive form from last season, when he was crowned the league’s top scorer with 26 goals. Osimhen’s goal-scoring ability and consistent performances make him one of the main candidates for the Capocannoniere Award, although the Nigerian is struggling to confirm last season’s high standards.
Osimhen has recently signed a contract extension with the Partenopei but was also sent off in Napoli’s latest Serie A game against Roma. His chances to retain the Capocannoniere award may be limited by the fact that he won’t be around in January as he’ll be trying to win the Africa Cup of Nations with his national team Nigeria. Expectations will be high on the Best African Male Player of 2023 and despite his absence from Serie A next month, the 24-year-old remains one of the top contenders for the Capocannoniere crown.
- Romelu Lukaku
Roma’s new king, who joined last summer on a dry loan deal from Chelsea, has scored eight Serie A goals in 14 appearances and has an xG of 4.94. He may have flopped at Stamford Bridge, but his record in Serie A is impressive, not to mention that Big Rom is Belgium’s all-time top goal-scorer with 83 goals in 113 appearances. In other words: he’s a strong contender for the Capocannoniere Award.
Lukaku’s performance in Serie A since joining the league has been nothing but impressive, and he has consistently been among the top goal-scorers with Inter and Roma, scoring 65 goals in 111 league appearances. It is no secret that Lukaku gives his best when he feels love around him and the support from fans, teammates and the coach. He has that at Roma, so everything is in place to compete for the top scorer award in Serie A.
- Marcus Thuram
Lukaku’s Inter replacement, Marcus Thuram, has been in impressive form this season, scoring seven goals with an xG of 8.19 in 17 matches. The Frenchman, a former Borussia Mönchengladbach striker, has been a key player for the team this season, demonstrating his goal-scoring ability in a relatively new position given that he had often played as a winger in Germany.
Thuram has quickly become an idol at San Siro, especially after scoring his first league goal in a 5-1 trashing of city rivals Milan in September. He links up perfectly with Inter’s captain, Lautaro Martinez, and it’s no coincidence that Thuram has contributed to 16 league goals this term. He may not be the leading candidate to win the Capocannoniere Award this season, but he will surely be one of those to watch this term and in the coming years.
- Duvan Zapata
Duván Zapata is undoubtedly one of the top strikers Serie A has seen and is a strong contender for this season’s top scorer award. Zapata joined Torino from Atalanta during the summer, and unsurprisingly, he has managed to score five goals for the Granata, including a brace against his former team in December. He is a little behind in the Capocannoniere race now, but his 113 goals in 298 Serie A games make him a credible Capocannoniere candidate.
Zapata has also been a regular for the Colombian national team, scoring 14 goals in 62 appearances. One of his greatest strengths is his physicality and ability to hold up the ball, which allows him to bring his teammates into play and create scoring opportunities. He is also a clinical finisher, with a powerful shot and excellent positioning in the box. All Serie A fans have admired his qualities over the years and Torino fans can enjoy him this season.
Zapata has a proven track record of scoring consistently throughout a season. With his talent and experience, he is certainly one of the top seven strikers likely to win the top scorer award in Serie A this season.
How to bet on Italian Serie A football: A guide for beginners
Football betting on the Italian Serie A can be a fun way to get involved with the game and maybe even make money at the same time. Before you start, it’s important to learn about the different kinds of bets you can make and pick a reputable sportsbook with the best odds, safe payments, and great customer service. Here are some tips for people who are new to betting on Italian Serie A football.
Before you bet on Serie A games, first, you should look for the best sportsbook that offers the best odds, safe payment options, and great customer service. To make a smart choice, look for a website that gives you accurate information about online casinos and sportsbooks. The good thing is that there are many websites that do this for free.
There are a few important things to think about when picking a sportsbook to bet on Italian Serie A football. Of course, the best way to find the best odds is to check out several bookmakers and compare the odds they offer for the same event. You can do this by using a website that lets you quickly look at the odds that different bookmakers are offering. Keep track of these differences to find bets that could be worth making and have higher payout rates.
It’s also important to know about the teams and players in the games you’re betting on. This means staying up to date on the team’s current roster, injuries, strategies, and past games. You can also figure out which bets are more likely to win by learning about the teams and players before you place them.
It’s not enough to just look at overall records; how certain teams play each other can change the results. When you look at individual athletes or whole teams, using analysis will help you make better betting choices.
A number of betting websites have guides and strategies for betting on Serie A. These sites also list the best bookmakers and odds markets. Some of the most popular markets that bookmakers in Serie A offer are.
- First Goal-scorer: This involves predicting which player will score the first goal in a match.
- Accumulators on Games: This type of bet involves combining multiple selections into one wager. For example, you can bet on the outcomes of several matches into a single bet.
- Over/Under Goals: In this market, you predict whether the total number of goals in a match will be over or under a specific value. Like over 1.5 means there will be two or more goals in the match.
When placing bets, it’s important to look at things like a team’s recent form, player performance, and new data. By learning about the different kinds of bets and using the resources that are out there, people who are new to betting on Serie A football can improve their experience and chances of winning.
The Serie A this season promises an exciting race for the top scorer award, with a formidable lineup of striking talents involved in the Capocanniere race. Lautaro Martinez is currently the most likely winner, but the Inter captain won’t be short of competitors. Lautaro is currently the top scorer with fifteen goals, but Lukaku is playing in the best possible environment for him, so his confidence is high at the Stadio Olimpico.
Domenico Berardi has been in scintillating form for Sassuolo this season, and his ability to find the back of the net with precision and flair has firmly placed him in the top scorers’ conversation for some seasons.
Duvan Zapata’s imposing presence and goal-scoring instinct for Torino have consistently posed a threat to opposition defences, and his consistent track record from his previous club, Atalanta, makes him another strong candidate.
Napoli’s star man, Victor Osimhen, has injected a new dimension of attacking potency into the Serie A, and his blistering pace and clinical finishing have the potential to make him win the Serie top scorer again. Beware, however, because playing in the AFCON could lower his chances of repeating himself, as he’ll have fewer games available to leave his mark.
As the season gets more intense, the performances of these brilliant strikers are certain to keep fans on the edge of their seats, and the race for the top scorer award will undoubtedly be something to watch out for.
There are other players, such as Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa of Juventus, Milan star Rafael Leao and even Atalanta’s Gianluca Scamacca and Ademola Lookman who may expected to be higher in the Capocannoniere ranking at this moment of the season. Others, like Albert Gudmundsson from Genoa, Sassuolo’s Andrea Pinamonti, Bologna‘s Joshua Zirkzee and Fiorentina‘s Nico Gonzalez have probably scored more goals than expected, so the race will be thrilling and uncertain until the very end of the campaign.