Crystal Palace v Bournemouth – Wilfried Zaha
Roy is beginning to work his magic down at Selhurst Park, and one of the men he has firing on all cylinders again is the precociously talented Wilf Zaha.
The Ivory Coast international is a gifted footballer, and has been starring up front for the Eagles of late. If anyone is going to break the deadlock here, it’s him.
Tottenham v Stoke – Harry Kane
We seem to say this every week, but there’s no real point in choosing anyone but Harry Kane when Spurs are in action – especially at home.
Newcastle v Leicester – Jamie Vardy
Newcastle have been poor lately, while the Foxes have been undergoing something of a renaissance under new coach Claude Puel. WKD-evangelist Vardy may never recover the same levels of form as he showed during the 2015/16 season, but he’s back on his game this season, and against an occasionally laughable Magpies backline, he ought to make hay while the Sons of Rafa are shite.
Southampton v Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette
Despite that 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, Arsenal have been pretty good of late. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Lacazette are, at last, getting a run in the team together, and as a result the Gunners often look potent these days.
Against a modest – albeit well-organised – Southampton, you’d have to back the London side to score first, and who else but their new figurehead to do the damage.
Liverpool v Everton – Mohammed Salah
The Reds just beat Spartak Moscow 7-0, and look to be one of the most dangerous attacking sides on the planet. Everton, meanwhile, are, well, crap.
Surely it’s just a matter of which Liverpool player scores first. We’ve gone for Salah.
Manchester United v Manchester City – Sergio Aguero
No-one has scored more goals in the Premier League this season than City. No-one has conceded fewer than United. It’s IRRESISTIBLE FORCE MEETS IMMOVABLE OBJECT time (bet you a fiver that phrase is mentioned within the first 30 minutes of TV coverage of the derby).
Consequently, it’s hard to pick a winner here. But you’d have to go for Sergio Aguero, City’s top scorer and a man who has previous when it comes to scoring in big games.