EPL Week 8 Predictions: Projecting Top Goalscorers This Weekend
You never quite know what you’re going to get the weekend after an international break. Players come back with knocks, fatigue and little time to prepare for games with their club sides the following weekend.
But some players, primarily those who are in sparkling form, usually just pick up from where they left off, especially goalscorers. So, let’s take a look at a few players who look ready to take advantage of weary opposition defenders and be amongst the top scorers in the Premier League in week 8:
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Lukaku has been unstoppable since his loan move to Everton. He has netted four times in just two-and-a-half games for the Toffees and he also bagged a brace for Belgium in their 2-1 win over Croatia in their most recent encounter.
The Belgian has absolutely everything at his disposal to become one of the most feared strikers on the planet, and he looks to be flourishing at the spearhead of Roberto Martinez’s new-look Everton side.
He will be sure to continue his remarkable goalscoring form on Saturday, as Everton welcome Hull City to Goodison Park.
The Tigers have started well under Steve Bruce, but face a difficult task if they are planning on getting any kind of result here. Everton have not been beaten at home this calendar year and with Martinez letting the side’s attacking players off the proverbial leash, they look much more likely to create chances and score goals.
Expect Lukaku to make mincemeat of the Hull City back line and continue his remarkable goalscoring form.
Liverpool will make the trip to the Northeast with happy recent memories of playing Newcastle United. The Reds absolutely demolished the Toon Army on their own patch in the last meeting between the two sides, with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho running riot in a 6-0 mauling.
The latter will miss this one through injury, but Sturridge has a new partner in crime in the shape of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has looked in superb form since returning to the side after his ban and has scored three goals in his first two Premier League appearances.
His partnership with Sturridge has really blossomed and the duo look as though they will run ragged many a defence throughout the course of the campaign.
One team who has a host of defensive issues is Newcastle United. The aforementioned Lukaku tore into Alan Pardew’s side not too long ago, and issues were still obviously prominent in their last encounter, despite securing a win on the road at Cardiff City.
Suarez will be too much for Newcastle to handle in this one, and his relentless, in-your-face style will cause no end of problems for the Toon defenders. Suarez will bag a brace, if not more, here.
The Spanish forward will be buoyed heading into this one. That after he was called up to the national team for the first time in his career.
It was just reward for Michu, who has been seriously impressive since arriving in England. And he will be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of tucking into a Sunderland defence who have really struggled so far.
Swansea have played well this season but have little in terms of points to show for their good showings. Granted, they’ve had a tough start, having already faced Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, but their supporters will be looking for a big result to emerge from the lower echelons of the table and get their season kick-started.
Swansea and Michu have the perfect opportunity to do exactly that this weekend as rock-bottom Sunderland make the trip to the Liberty Stadium.
Whilst Sunderland may be boosted by the appointment of new boss Gus Poyet, there is still a lot of work to be done on that squad. Plus, with the style of football the Uruguayan will look to implement, things may well get worse (yes, even worse) before they get better.
Michu will be on hand to capitalize on Sunderland’s defensive woes, and a couple of goals from him could be the shot in the arm Swansea need to get their season up and running on the domestic front.
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