Berahino vs Ulloa - Which striker has made a better start to the season?

West Brom

We compare the form of West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino and Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa over the season so far.

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West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City face each other this weekend and it will be a chance to see two of the Premier League's breakthrough strikers in direct competition.

Saido Berahino already has eight goals to his name this season and Leonardo Ulloa has notched five times to date, as they have helped their teams edge away from the relegation zone.

Berahino had shown flashes of ability last season, but he has put it all together this time around and now looks one of the most exciting attacking prospects in the Premier League.

Ulloa, meanwhile, has done excellently since stepping up to the top-level following an £8 million transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer.

The target man's form has tailed off a little recently, but he has still made a great start to life in the top-flight and his team will be looking to him to provide them with a goal-threat this weekend.

Berahino, too, will be one of the Baggies most vital players when they travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, but how do the two compare statistically this season?

  GoalsPasses per gameShots per gameShooting AccuracySuccessful dribblesTouchesPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Saido Berahino 7 23.5 3 48.1% 7 370 87.7% 9 809
Leonardo Ulloa 5 30.6 1.3 50% 8 424 73.9% 9 752

There are two clear areas where Berahino looks the more threatening striker. The England youth-international takes far more shots than Ulloa and this is what has meant he sits near the top of the Premier League's scoring charts.

He also boasts a highly impressive passing accuracy ratio, completing nearly 87% of his balls to teammates.

However, Ulloa can argue that he is a more well-rounded player. Whilst Berahino will look to play on the shoulder of the last defender, the Argentinian is adept at bringing others into play.

He has had more successful dribbles, more touches and completed more passes than Berahino, albeit at a lower accuracy rate.

It shows that they both perform vital functions for their sides and whoever performs better on Saturday may decide which team picks up the three points in the fixture. 

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