Power Ranking the Premier League's Top 10 Strike Partnerships in 2013
As we fast approach the midway point of the 2013/14 season, already the identity of the most prolific strike partnerships in this campaign are beginning to take shape.
Which Premier League club’s marksmen are leading the way in this calendar year, though?
Here are the answers, as we power rank in reverse order the Premier League's top 10 attacking partnerships in 2013. There are more than a few surprise entries on the list, too.
10: Michu and Luke Moore (Swansea City: 10 Goals)
While probably not a pairing that you expected to see, with the help of the newly capped Spain international—who has contributed 70 percent of the strikes—these two unlikely lads have just pipped the Reading duo of Pavel Pogrebnyak and Adam le Fondre (nine goals) to the No. 10 spot.
9: Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz (Fulham: 13 Goals)
You would be hard pressed to find a more languid and mercurial strike partnership in the whole of Europe.
In any case, with 13 goals between them (only two so far in this campaign)—the vast majority of which are Goal of the Season contenders—these two eye-catching front men make the list.
8: Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion: 14 Goals)
The archetypal little-and-large combination flourished at the Hawthorns last season, especially in the second half of the campaign.
With 11 strikes, though, it was primarily the giant on-loan striker from Chelsea who was doing the scoring.
6=: Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez (Southampton: 16 Goals)
The two Englishmen—a rare sight in this top 10, but one to warm the cockles of Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson—combined to hit 11 goals between them for the Saints in the second half of last season.
The duo have added a further five so far in this campaign to help lift Mauricio Pochettino’s men up to the dizzying heights of fifth in the table.
And they were at it again on Saturday against Fulham at St Mary's.
6=: Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur: 16 Goals)
A partnership no longer together at White Hart Lane, and not likely to be seen again, Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor did combine successfully in 2013.
With that being said, Bale contributed 12 of the 16 goals.
5: Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski (17 Goals)
This continental pairing has been interrupted of late following the German’s hamstring injury, but that still has not prevented the duo from making the top five.
A consistent run of form in front of goal by Giroud has seen the Frenchman register five strikes in each of the two seasons in question.
4: Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko (Manchester City: 20 Goals)
Aguero and Dzeko form another classic little-and-large duo, and are perhaps the combination that new City manager Manuel Pellegrini needs up front to solve some of his many current problems at Eastlands, especially as the pair have seemingly been hitting it off all year together.
2=: Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney (Manchester United: 26 Goals)
Considered by many experts to be the most effective attacking partnership presently operating in the Premier League, the stats from the beginning of the calendar year do back that theory up.
The Dutchman has outscored his team-mate by 17 goals to nine, though.
2=: Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa: 26 Goals)
Impressive stuff from the two Villains.
The vast majority of the pair's goals (22, to be precise) came in the second half of last season, and while the powerful Belgian has continued to hit the target in the current campaign, his English strike partner’s strikes have dried up entirely.
1: Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez (Liverpool: 34 Goals)
The remarkable aspect of this stat is that the Uruguayan forward was forced to sit out nine Premier League games through suspension.
Goodness only knows just how many more goals the two front men would have garnered together had Suarez not been banned.
The England international has netted 18 times, with Suarez grabbing 16 goals, for what is without doubt the deadliest strike partnership in the Premier League this year.
That was evident yet again in the Reds' 4-1 destruction of in-form West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.