EPL Week 4 Predictions: Stars Set to Shine in Front of Goal

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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A number of top-flight forwards have already popped up in the Premier League this season as serious contenders for Golden Boot honours.

Next weekend’s fixtures promise to help some forwards more than others.

The Premier League’s in-form strikers return to action in the English top flight after the international break and look likely to get on the score sheet.


Christian Benteke vs. Newcastle United

Faced with the task of overcoming a lacklustre Newcastle United side, Christian Benteke will lead an Aston Villa attack that has managed four goals in its first three outings this season.

While that record isn’t especially impressive, it looks better when one considers those games were against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

One would think the Magpies’ will be a more comfortable challenge for the Birmingham hosts and, more specifically, Christian Benteke.

The Belgian already has three goals to his name this term and was particularly difficult to cope with in the 2-1 loss to Chelsea several weeks ago. The influence of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann will likely continue to be a decisive factor.


Danny Welbeck vs. Crystal Palace

Having bagged an impressive brace for England while on international duty this week, few players are in better spirits than Danny Welbeck.

Manchester United will be happy the striker is suspended for the Ukraine fixture this week and will hope that the 22-year-old can replicate his international form against Crystal Palace.

During the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, Welbeck looked short of ideas but should have more chances against Crystal Palace.

Though impressive in the final third, last week the Eagles allowed Sunderland too much space in their own half and David Moyes’ side will take advantage of this.


Olivier Giroud vs. Sunderland

Olivier Giroud is enjoying his most prolific spell as an Arsenal forward and will team up with Mesut Ozil for the first time since the German signed for the North London club.

Giroud has looked a much calmer presence on the ball this season and has revived the poaching ability that made him such a hit at Montpellier two seasons ago.

With another superb creative talent in the Gunners’ ranks, Giroud is likely to benefit. The same Sunderland defence that conceded three goals to Crystal Palace last week—albeit with John O’Shea sent off—could experience the same fate.


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