Don’t miss two of the top flight’s deadliest marksmen go head to head at the King Power Stadium
Leicester City v Manchester City, Saturday 22 February, 5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Despite the title race looking done and dusted, the current Premier League season still has enough juicy plot threads to keep us frantically checking our phones every two minutes on weekends. From the race for the top four and the relegation battle to various managerial sagas, there’s so much yet to play for.
One tussle that definitely looks set to go down to the wire is the scrap for the Golden Boot. Many of the league’s top strikers are slugging it out for the right to be crowned the Premier League’s most lethal goalscorer – including Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero.
These two forwards will meet on Saturday 22 February, when Leicester host the reigning champions in a huge match live on Sky Sports Premier League. But will it be Fox in the box Vardy or City’s Argentine assassin who is having a party at the end of the campaign?
Here, we take a look at the fixtures Vardy and Agüero have coming up, before picking who we think will top the goalscoring charts come the end of May…
Vardy’s record against the “top six” is mightily impressive, which is a good thing when you look at Leicester’s remaining fixtures. The Foxes still have to play Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with the latter two clubs making up Leicester’s final two matches of the season.
The former England striker (who could be in line for a recall ahead of Euro 2020) has scored 25 goals in 38 games against those teams, making him the man for the big occasion. Arsenal have proved particularly fruitful opponents for the 33-year-old, with nine goals scored in nine encounters with the Gunners.
What could tip the scales in Vardy’s favour for the Golden Boot, however, is the fact that Leicester also have plenty of lower-half opposition to come. Matches against Norwich City, Aston Villa, Brighton and Bournemouth are still to be contested, which could help Vardy fill his boots and finish at the top of the scoring charts.
To view all of Leicester City’s remaining matches this season, including their televised games, take a look at our Premier League fixture generator.
Amazingly, City’s all-time leading goalscorer has won the Premier League Golden Boot only once before (2014-15). And judging by the champions’ upcoming games, his wait for a matching set may have to continue.
Trips to Manchester United (a team they’ve lost to twice already this season) and Chelsea could prove tricky, while a home clash with Liverpool (against whom Agüero has only scored seven goals in 13 matches) is also on the horizon. In terms of games where Agüero will fancy his chances in front of goal, Newcastle United (15 goals in 11 encounters) and lower-placed sides such as Bournemouth, Brighton and Norwich could have the 31-year-old licking his lips.
But the biggest obstacle between Agüero and the Argentine ending the campaign as top scorer? That could be City’s pursuit of the UEFA Champions League. With the Premier League title seemingly out of reach, the Blues will be putting all their focus on winning Europe’s biggest prize. And that could mean manager Pep Guardiola resting his key man in favour of Gabriel Jesus in domestic competition.
To view all of Manchester City’s remaining matches this season, including their televised games, take a look at our Premier League fixture generator.
It’s likely to be an extremely close fight for this season’s Golden Boot, but based on Jamie Vardy’s record against the teams Leicester are still to play and Sergio Agüero’s possible lack on involvement if City go deep in the UEFA Champions League, we reckon the Leicester striker will come out on top. Click in the table below to give your verdict.
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