Leicester: Vardy won't step aside for Man City and Arsenal goliaths

The 2015/16 form of Jamie Vardy earned him 97 minutes in the final two England Euro 2016 qualifiers
The 2015/16 form of Jamie Vardy earned him 97 minutes in the final two England Euro 2016 qualifiers

You can still find great Jamie Vardy top goalscorer odds despite his electric start to the campaign...

"Jamie Vardy has a three-goal lead over Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Georginio Wijnaldum – that’s right, he has scored 50% more than anybody else in the division a mere nine games into the campaign."

Jamie Vardy emphatically disproved the theory that successive blanks for England would slow his extraordinary Leicester momentum, instead showing precisely why he now possesses four Three Lions caps with a second-half brace away to 2014/15 defensive masters Southampton.

The former Stocksbridge Park Steels striker hasn't fired a blank for his club since August 22, netting in six straight appearances and eight times in total in that period to lift his tally for the season to nine.

As a result, the 28-year-old non-league graduate has a three-goal lead over Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Georginio Wijnaldum - that's right, he has scored 50% more than anybody else in the division a mere nine games into the campaign.

Indeed, take Odion Ighalo, Romelu Lukaku, teammate Riyad Mahrez, Dimitri Payet, Graziano Pelle and the sidelined Callum Wilson out of the equation too and he has a 2015/16 count which is at least two-and-a-quarter-times the size of any other Premier League performer.

Yet, despite these quite remarkable figures, it is an 11.010/1 shot that he stays on top and becomes the first Englishman since Kevin Phillips for Sunderland in 1999/00 to outgun all adversaries, with 2014/15 winner Aguero the 3.65 frontrunner and Alexis also still favoured at 7.06/1.

It is perhaps understandable that Vardy isn't the market leader regardless of his weighty advantage because Leicester are currently averaging 2.11 strikes per match and continually overhauling 2-0 deficits. Even if he sustains his supreme form, there is no guarantee that his suppliers will do likewise, and any drop-off will make his task more challenging.

However, odds of around 3.259/4 on the Foxes forward closing 2015/16 as one of the Premier League's top four scorers seems like exceptional value. In four of the past five seasons, 18 goals have been enough to secure such a placement and he is already halfway there with 29 fixtures to play.

For context, Charlie Austin achieved that last term with a far less accomplished support cast and four goals at this stage to Vardy's nine.

Outsiders invading the top-four scoring chart positions is an increasingly common occurrence, with Harry Kane (second) and Austin (fourth) doing so in 2014/15, Yaya Toure (third) stepping up in 2013/14 and Gareth Bale doing the same in 2012/13.

Recommended Bet: Back Vardy to be one of the top four Premier League scorers @ 3.259/4

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