Aspas, Coutinho ... Walters? Who'll score the first goal of the Premier League season?

Will it be a player from Liverpool or Stoke City who score the first goal? Or will it be a 0-0 draw?

The Premier League season gets under way this weekend, and already plenty of predictions and plot ideas are being touted by pundits, anoraks and players.

And one prediction that always gets me thinking is, who will score the first game of the season?

Of course the teams that play in the first game of the season have one hell of an unfair advantage.

On this occasion it is the players of Liverpool and Stoke who have the joy of going for this accolade.

So who will score the first goal of the 2013-14 season?

Usual suspects such as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will be struggling to do so through suspension or injury.

So who are the five players we feel are most likely to open the Premier League scoring this season?

Iago Aspas

With Suarez out and Sturridge likely to start from the bench it gives the summer signing from Celta Vigo the chance to shine on his full debut for the club.

He scored a couple of goals in pre-season and generally impressed - his mobility could prove too much for The Potters defence.

Philippe Coutinho

My tip to win PFA Player of the Year this season, and judging by his excellent form at the end of last term I would not put it beyond him to put the ball in the back of the net first this season.

He also seems to have become the new penalty-kick taker at the club, which also gives him an advantage.

Steven Gerrard

You can never look beyond Stevie G despite the sands of time. But there is no doubt he is just the type to bag an early middle finger to the pundits.

Daniel Sturridge

He may be likely to start from the bench, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be the goalscoring impact sub at Anfield.

Jon Walters

Of course Stoke could take the lead, hell they could win. Walters is always one to bag an unlikely goal or so, the unfashionable anti-hero of the Premier League. If Stoke win a penalty he will surely take it.

Of course the teams could play out a 0-0 draw, and then anyone could score the opening goal of the 2013-14 season.

Who do you think will score the Premier League’s first goal of the season?

image: © Dean Jones

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