Premier League Top Scorers Week 25: Predicting Best Performers of Weekend

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 2, 2014

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates his goal against AFC Bournemouth during their English FA Cup 4th round soccer match in Bournemouth, south England, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Liverpool won the match 2-0.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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With another week of Premier League football nearly in the books, we're coming up on Matchday 25 quite fast, and some top performers are already emerging.

Some of the EPL's top goalscorers will enjoy a favorable matchup against outmatched opposition during the Week 25 slate, while others will be thwarted due to a tough opponent. 

The Premier League is filled with unpredictability, and forms change week after week, but these studs are the best bets to go off for big outings on Matchday 25. 


Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea

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Cameroon native Samuel Eto'o started slow in his first-ever Premier League stint but has emerged as one of the Blues' top goal scorers in the new year.

Eto'o has four goals since Dec. 29, all of which came against either Liverpool or Manchester United. His hat trick against the Red Devils fueled Chelsea to a 3-1 win on Jan. 19.

He tapered off in Week 24 after getting the nod again at starting striker in Chelsea's scoreless draw with West Ham. But after playing a full 90 minutes in that struggle of a match, Eto'o will be aiming to right the ship against a vulnerable opponent.

Chelsea faces Newcastle United in Week 25, who just got smacked 3-0 by—of all clubs—Sunderland. With a considerable rise in opponent quality, the Blues should be in line for plenty of goals, and Eto'o is the likely option to score them.


Robin van Persie, Manchester United

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His club is far from doing the same, but Robin van Persie is back playing at a high level and has immediately staked his claim as one of the EPL's most dangerous scorers.

In two starts against Cardiff and Stoke—both of which he was taken off late in—Van Persie has scored a goal in each. He fired a combined eight shots in those two appearances.

This comes on the heels of a nearly two-month absence, as Van Persie had not played since Dec. 10 after suffering a thigh injury. United certainly struggled in his absence, and his return hasn't fixed all of that, but he's proven that he's back producing. 

With the Red Devils set to face Fulham, who just lost 3-0 to Southampton in Week 24, Van Persie is a near lock to add another goal or two to his season tally. 


Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

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Not even the new Premier League leaders (as of Feb. 2) will be able to slow down the hottest Premier League player.

Daniel Sturridge has been the most unstoppable force in the EPL over the last two weeks, combining for three goals in performances against Everton and West Brom.

His recent dominance has been much appreciated from Liverpool fans, as typical goal scorer Luis Suarez has only scored once in the Reds' last four EPL matches. 

Against Arsenal, don't expect Liverpool to blow up for another offensive domination like they have so many times this season. But as Sturridge has shown, he can make his impact felt with a goal or two even in tight matches.