The race for this season’s Premier League Golden Boot award continues to intensify, and the winner will be confirmed this weekend on the final matchday of the campaign.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku seemed to be a certainty to win the accolade several weeks ago. However, the highly-rated Belgian has only netted once since a brace during the Toffees’ 4-2 home win over Leicester on April 9, which was against Burnley the following week.
He hasn’t scored in four league matches, his joint longest spell without a goal this season.
Lukaku will be hoping to improve his disappointing goalscoring form against Arsenal, having only scored twice in eleven meetings against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Alexis’ only strike against Sunday’s visitors came from a set-piece during our 2-1 defeat in December, and it’s important that the Chilean replicates his goal-scoring form here if he’s to have a chance to win the Golden Boot.
Alexis has 23 goals, one less than current leader Lukaku – so will need to score on more than one occasion past Joel Robles and hope for a fifth successive clean sheet, whilst Kane (and Tottenham) falter away from home in the coming days.
Speaking of Harry Kane, he remains an outsider as a result of the ankle ligament issues that halted his goal-scoring. He has 22 goals this season and could retain the prize he won last campaign, but it’s unlikely.
Crucially, he’s got a slight advantage with a game more to play – but also has less time to recover from Thursday’s away trip to the King Power Stadium.
Already-relegated Hull City are their final opponents in an away trip which will see Marco Silva’s side playing for pride, so Kane will be quietly confident that he can notch a few goals in this fixture.