Five players to stop Jamie Maclaren winning his fourth straight A-League Men Golden Boot

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Jamie Maclaren has lit the A-League Men alight yet again this season, scoring eight goals in just six matches.

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This puts him five goals ahead of anyone in the Golden Boot race already.

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He is a massive favourite to win a fourth straight A-League Men Golden Boot award, but there are players that can still contend.

Ripper casino bonuses await if your money is put on the right person not named Maclaren, with the rest of the field paying 16/1 or above.

Today we will look at five contenders to Maclaren’s throne he has coveted for so many years now.

1. Craig Goodwin

Adelaide United’s captain has been in stunning form recently, scoring three goals in his last three A-League Men matches. He continued that form this week scoring against reigning world champions France in the World Cup.

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Adelaide United are the second highest goal scorers so far this season with 12, which Goodwin has scored three of those.

If he stays healthy, Goodwin has the ability to catch Maclaren and win his first Golden Boot.

2. Beka Mikeltadze

The runner up last season, Mikeltadze has only played four matches this season, scoring one. Newcastle have struggled early on, scoring only six goals so far.

The Jets were eighth last season though and he still was runner up, giving Mikeltadze hope he can do it again this time around.

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Mikeltadze is still the second favourite on most betting sites though, showing his quality. He will go close to winning the award again this season if he and Newcastle can find form.

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3. Jason Cummings

Central Coast Mariners star Jason Cummings has scored two goals in five matches this season so far. He has looked a step above the competition at times though, also getting three assists.

One issue is that Central Coast have star power up top with the likes of Garang Kuol so the goals may be shared around. Kuol is also their penalty taker, but he leaves in January.

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Cummings is still definitely a chance to win the Golden Boot though, with a late season push possible.

4. Hiroshi Ibusuki

Ibusuki has been in blistering form in his last three matches, scoring in all three. This puts him tied second in the Golden Boot race, with Maclaren currently five goals ahead.

He has only played five games this season as well, with his averaged goals per game one of the highest in the league. Ibusuki may have a similar issue to Cummings though, with players like Craig Goodwin contending for goals at Adelaide.

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He has the potential to go close with how strong Adelaide United have been attacking so far.

5. Charlie Austin

Like many imports that have headed down under, the English striker adjusted to the A-League Men early on.

Since then, he has scored two goals in three matches while also missing a penalty. He has the potential to explode now he has gotten used to the league.

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Being a penalty taker is a major boost, making Charlie Austin a viable longshot option for bettors not liking other options.

At the end of the day Jamie Maclaren is the red hot favourite for a reason. He is going for his fourth straight and fifth total A-League Men Golden Boot this season.

But these five all have the potential to gain momentum and put pressure on the Melbourne City forward. Any of them are a good option for people wanting to make a lot of money.

Feature Image Credit: Connor Metcalfe

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