The Premier League returns tonight. What’s that? You’re not excited in the slightest? Well behold our predictions contest for the season. Each Premier League matchday we will predict five goalscorers. We receive a point for each goalscorer and at the end of the season we’ll probably figure out a prize.
Sergio Aguero (arsenal v MANCHESTER CITY)
Sergio Aguero didn’t hit the sparkling heights at the World Cup in the summer, scoring against Iceland and netting a consolation against France. He has since hit his 200th goal for Manchester City in the Community Shield. The partnership between him and Phil Foden was immense at Wembley last weekend. Maybe if the young English midfielder starts, Aguero could be in with another two at the Emirates, where City ran riot on a cold January evening last time out.
Richarlison (wolverhampton wanderers v EVERTON)
This might be my wild card this summer. For all the social media jokes about the £40-50m price tag slapped on the young Brazilian, Richarlison worked wonders with Marco Silva at Watford this season. It’s no wonder why his form dropped when Javi Gracia came in for the new Everton manager. A match made in heaven?
Aleksandar Mitrovic (FULHAM v crystal palace)
Aleksandar Mitrovic is one of the main reasons that Fulham were dragged kicking and screaming into the Premier League this season. The Serbian scored 12 goals in 17 Championship games last season to help the Cottagers gain promotion via the play-off final. Mitrovic has extensive experience at the highest level, he scored in the World Cup for Serbia and has scored 10 in 40 in England’s top flight.
Mo Salah (LIVERPOOL v west ham united)
This was an easy one, really. Golden Boot winner last season, Liverpool at home to average opposition and he’s match fit after a couple of games in pre-season and an early World Cup exit. Can he bang in another 30 goals this season?
Yoshinori Muto (NEWCASTLE UNITED v tottenham hotspur)
There’s always at least one newcomer to light up the first matchday of the new season. Think of Michu, think of Alexandre Lacazette, of Sergio Aguero, Ruud van Nistelrooy… Samir Nasri? Muto won’t be jaded by a long World Cup campaign as he played in just 82 minutes of Japan’s 0-1 loss to Poland. He could compliment Salomon Rondon well up top at St. James’ Park this season. Newcastle didn’t do too badly against Spurs early last season, either.
Jack Wilshere (liverpool vs WEST HAM)
Don’t worry, this whole list isn’t just going to be my “players who need a good season” in slots 1-3, i’m not that lazy, but I have been thinking about Jack a lot. I think he will be dying to do well in a big game where West Ham and their new signings will be determined to send out a message.
Ryan Sessegnon (FULHAM vs crystal palace)
I feel like this game is set up for Fulham and their much hyped star player Sessegnon to make an impact. Palace quietly set about doing some good business in the summer but I still see a long season ahead. Fulham are Jake’s best out of the promotion trio, I’m not quite that optimistic for the Cottagers but I feel like a good start is likely.
Daniel Sturridge (LIVERPOOL vs west ham)
On paper this probably looks like an outside bet as “stuzza” hasn’t been near the side for more than a whole season, but with Firmino having the customary post-World Cup extended break he may well get a game or two at this start of the campaign. I feel like this will be an open game with both teams intent on getting three points and Sturridge will bury any chances created for him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARSENAL vs man city)
Another great fixture to kick start 2018-2019 sees Arsenal host Man City. I think Arsenal will be up there this season under Emery, who was quick to identify the flaws obvious to most observers during Wenger’s reign, making the tweaks needed to create a more robust Arsenal 11. However, let’s not forget Arsenal still have two of the world’s best hitmen in Lacazette and Aubameyang, the latter who I expect to kick on in his first full season in the EPL.
Marcus Rashford (MANCHESTER UNITED vs leicester city)
The media’s obsession with United and particularly Mourinho is currently turned up to 11, with onlookers making out Mourinho isn’t happy with his team as he’s moaned and groaned during pre-season. Many people are claiming this is no good for the morale of the players he currently has. However, Rashford has been handed the legendary number 10 shirt which I believe is a display of what Mou thinks of this young star and I think this move will be justified with Rashford playing a key part in the upcoming season.