In the second part of our mini-series breaking down some of bet365's Premier League Goalscorer Match Bets, we look at Aleksandar Mitrovic v Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Mount v James Maddison, Mohamed Salah v Son Heung-min and Raheem Sterling v Riyad Mahrez.
"Too good for the Championship, not good enough for the Premier League" – it’s a label that’s been attached to a few players over the years, but Aleksandar Mitrovic will be keen to firmly remove himself from that category in 2022/23.
Plenty of eyes will be on the Fulham striker as he looks to build on his record-breaking 43 goals in the second tier last season.
His Premier League campaigns have seen him score nine (when Newcastle were relegated), 11 (when Fulham were relegated) and three (when he played a more subdued role, and Fulham were relegated again), so Premier League pedigree is there, and Fulham look better-equipped for a stint in the top flight than last time around.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin meanwhile will be desperate to put a miserable 2021/22 behind him.
Goals in each of his first three games saw him looking like making a run at the Golden Boot. But a lengthy injury, which coincided with a shocking run of form for the Toffees, which in turn brought about a change of manager, halted Calvert-Lewin’s progress, and with more fitness issues towards the end of the season, he was able to bag just two more, seeing him end the campaign on five.
Mason Mount’s excellent performances last year saw him win Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the second season running.
While all of his attacking team-mates shared their playing time with each other, Mount was the only one virtually assured of a place in the starting XI. He scored 11 goals from 8.9 xG, and may well be on penalties whenever Jorginho isn’t on the pitch.
After a modest opening to the season, starting a number of Leicester’s games from the bench, James Maddison made himself invaluable to Brendan Rodgers, going on to winning Leicester’s Player of the Year.
It was very much a below-par season for the Foxes, eventually nicking a top-half spot, and if they can get their act together this season, Maddison will be looking to break double figures again.
Mohamed Salah is going to have a fight on his hands to retain the Premier League Golden Boot, but it’s unlikely Son Heung-min will be able to repeat last season’s goal tally which saw him share the award.
The South Korean has hugely out-performed his xG in the last two seasons, and with Antonio Conte bolstering his squad, there may be the odd game where the 30-year-old is given a chance to rest his legs.
He’ll also have the World Cup to juggle, though his South Korea may well be eliminated after three games, while Salah can stay fresh over the winter.
After playing a more subdued role at the Etihad, Raheem Sterling gets his chance to be a regular starter once more, under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.
Few players thrived as much as Sterling under Pep Guardiola, with his lightning pace and intelligent movement seeing him reach double figures in five straight seasons, as well as 20 back in the 2019/20 season, but in a new role in West London, it will be interesting to see if Sterling can be quite as proficient.
Whether Riyad Mahrez starts in the Premier League for Manchester City seems to depend whether or not Pep Guardiola draws his name out of a hat, but when he does play, he often scores; his 0.66 g/90 was fourth highest in the Premier League last season.
He’ll also likely take spot kicks whenever Erling Haaland isn’t on the pitch, and though he hasn’t reached the heights of his 17-goal title-winning season with Leicester, he has surpassed 10 three times since, and there’s no reason to think he can’t do the same this season.