Ahead of the 2023/24 Premier League season, we’ve priced up a number of goalscorer match bets for the new campaign.
Despite being two of the best creators in the league, both Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes both have big parts to play in scoring goals for their sides as well as making them.
With Pep Guardiola’s new style implemented over the course of last season, not to mention a certain Erling Haaland tasked with scoring most of the goals, De Bruyne bagged a fairly modest seven after scoring 15 the season before, but there’s every chance of the Belgian reaching double figures again.
Much was made of 13 of Fernandes’ first 26 goals for Manchester United coming from the spot, only to share penalty duties with Cristiano Ronaldo, missing the two that he took in 2021/22. He was back as the penalty taker last season, scoring twice, and should be targeting double figures for a third season.
Cody Gakpo didn’t feel like the typical Liverpool signing when arriving at Anfield in January. The Dutchman impressed with a hat-trick at the World Cup, but was found wanting for the rest of the tournament, and while it appeared Gakpo was closing in on a move to Manchester United, it was Liverpool who swooped.
It didn’t look quite as thoroughly planned as most of Liverpool’s signings, but to be fair, Gakpo started life promisingly at Anfield with four goals in his first seven starts, finishing on seven for the season.
How much game time he gets next season is a question, though. Salah is guaranteed to start on the right, and while Gakpo spent plenty of time in a more central role, there will be four players in Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Gakpo competing for two positions.
Bukayo Saka on the other hand has no such worries.
Arsenal look like being even stronger than last season with potential additions of Kai Havertz and Declan Rice, while the 21-year-old Saka had another excellent campaign at the Emirates.
With 11 goals in 2021/22 and 14 goals in 2022/23, while being on penalty-taking duties, Saka can look forward to another fruitful campaign.
There’s no doubting Gabriel Jesus’s quality. Great on the ball with excellent link-up play, the Brazilian also has a terrific engine as well as off-the-ball movement. But there are certainly questions over the 26-year-old’s finishing.
Jesus routinely under-performs his xG and last season was no different, with 11 goals from 14 xG. On the plus side, his 11 goals came from 24 starts, and if he can avoid another lengthy injury, 15 goals (1/4) is well within his grasp.
For Marcus Rashford, the challenge will be to repeat last season’s heroics. Playing like a man possessed at times, Rashford equalled his best campaign with 17 goals, none of which came from the spot, though he’ll hope to share the goalscoring burden with a new centre forward this time around.
Both men were set to leave their clubs this summer and both moves have finally been confirmed.
Mason Mount has made the move to Manchester United while James Maddison has left Leicester for Tottenham, and both will be fancied to make big impacts at their new clubs.
Mount will likely take Christian Eriksen's place in the starting XI, but has the versatility to operate as a number 10 or on the left wing, and while Bruno Fernandes will retain free-kick taking duties, Mount has shown himself to be a capable free-kick taker should the opportunity arise in Fernandes' absence.
Though his output dropped last season, he scored a 0.25 goals/90 for Chelsea, and if he can replicate that at Old Trafford, he should be a safe bet to push 10 goals next season.
Maddison's goal output at his new club may well depend on the future of the club's captain. Harry Kane. While he and Son Heung-min shared free-kicks last season, Maddison scored eight of his 43 (18.5%) goals at Leicester from dead balls.
It's a fascinating time to be a West Ham fan. You've just lost one of the best players in the league, but in return you've got an enhanced war chest with which to rebuild.
With that in mind, it's hard to know what sort of West Ham we'll get next season, but even a below-par Jarrod Bowen managed six goals last season, and he must be aiming to improve and return to somewhere closer to his 12 goals from the season before.
But at 7/4, Jack Grealish may appear an attractive price, considering he's established himself as a regular member in the best team in the league, but his role is much more creator than scorer with Erling Haaland in the side.
Though he did bag five goals last season, it's hard to see him significantly improving on that while Haaland is fit.