Newcastle, West Brom, Sunderland, Everton and Swansea need their frontmen to hit the back of the net to get points this weekend.
The Premier League returns this weekend, with crunch fixtures up and down the land. With it being the fourth game of the campaign, strikers who haven’t hit the back of the net yet may well start to feel the pressure if they do not score in their next game.
The league starts to take shape over the next couple of weeks, with suggestions into which teams are set for a good season and those that may well struggle. These forwards will look to break their Premier League duck for 2013-14 this weekend.
Newcastle travel to take on an improved Aston Villa this Saturday and Alan Pardew is already feeling the pressure. Hatem Ben Arfa has scored the club’s only goal this season and if the visitors are to get anything from their trip to Birmingham their strikers need to get goals.
Loic Remy is seemingly back fit after an injury lay-off and could well lead the line for Pardew’s men. He has been brought to the club to offer a phsycial presence in attack and net goals consistently. Papiss Cisse has failed to hit the back of the net in three outings. These two have the responsibility of getting the goals to lead Newcastle to a strong campaign, and need to make a start this weekend.
Signed as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, the veteran forward has made two appearances for his new club without converting a chance as yet. With the transfer deadline day addition of Victor Anichebe from Everton, Anelka will face competition for a starting berth, but should still feature.
West Brom have failed to score in their first three games and if this trend continues away to Fulham on Saturday alarm bells will be ringing. Anelka’s experience is essential for the Baggies.
A big-money signing for Sunderland over the summer, Altidore is eager to make amends for a mediocre first spell in English football. The United States international is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI due to the presence of Steven Fletcher and Fabio Borini, but needs a goal to kick-start his time on Wearside and give him confidence.
Sunderland face Arsenal at home this weekend and can expect to concede. It is up to Altidore and company to respond in kind for the hosts.
It has been three games and three draws so far for Everton, with their last two games ending 0-0. The Toffees face a tough test in the form of Chelsea at Goodison Park this weekend, with Roberto Martinez looking to get his first win as the club’s boss.
Croatian forward Nikica Jelavic will have one eye looking over his shoulder following the transfer deadline day addition of Romelu Lukaku to Everton’s squad. The eastern European forward needs to start scoring and replicating the form he showed in his early days at the club, or could face prolonged periods watching on from the sidelines.
The Spaniard was a goalscoring sensation in his debut campaign, netting 18 Premier League goals for the Welsh side. This season he has failed to hit the net as yet, but remains central to Swansea’s attacking play.
With Brendan Rodgers brining his Liverpool team to the Liberty Stadium on Monday night, the home faithful will hope that Michu can get amongst the goals in a win for the hosts.
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