Match of the Day ‘Goal of the Season’ 2016/17 contenders so far…

Match of the Day ‘Goal of the Season’ 2016/17 contenders so far…

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Match of the Day ‘Goal of the Season’ 2016/17 contenders so far…

We’re only halfway through the 2016/17 Premier League campaign but we have already seen some fantastic goals so far. SkyBet are offering odds on who will win the BBC Match of the Day ‘Goal of the Season’ award already, so we thought we would run you through the early contenders. Take a look at the best goals so far below and tell us who you think has scored the best goal of this campaign to date by tweeting us @footyaccums!

Goal 1: Henrikh Mkhitaryan v Sunderland – 26/12/2016

With United having already taken a 2-0 lead against the Black Cats, Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan added the icing on the cake for the Red Devils. Zlatan Ibrahimovic whipped in a beautiful ball from the right wing and with the ball flying just behind Mkhitaryan, he improvised brilliantly to scorpion kick the ball past Jordan Pickford.

Goal 2: Olivier Giroud v Crystal Palace – 01/01/17

It was a case of anything you can do, I can do too for Olivier Giroud after seeing Mkhitaryan’s effort. The French striker has not been a regular for Arsenal this term but was handed a rare start against Crystal Palace on New Years Day. He took his chance in the team in some style. Alexis Sanchez crossed the ball into the box but the ball was slightly behind the on-rushing Giroud. However he improvised to brilliant effect, manipulating his body to produce a scorpion kick which hit the underside of the bar before beating Wayne Hennessey.

Goal 3: Sadio Mane v Arsenal – 14/08/2016

Liverpool were really enjoying their day at the Emirates Stadium are were already leading 3-1 before Sadio Mane added a fourth. The Senegalese international winger was making his Reds debut and marked it in style, picking the ball up on the right wing before bursting into the box leaving two Gunners defenders in his wake. He then curled the ball in beautifully with his weaker left foot, making an instant hit with the Liverpool faithful.

Goal 4: Gaston Ramirez v Bournemouth – 29/10/2016

With the score locked at 0-0, AFC Bournemouth had a corner at the Riverside. However, they made a bit of a mess of the set piece and the ball eventually broke to Gaston Ramirez midway inside his own half. The Uruguayan took it upon himself to take the ball up the pitch and started running. He then kept on running, and running, and running before eventually producing excellent skill to cut inside the box and calmly finish with his right foot.

Goal 5: Paul Pogba v Swansea City – 06/11/2016

Manchester United had not been performing too well at this point and record signing Paul Pogba hadn’t yet produced the goods on a regular basis. However a trip to the Liberty Stadium proved to be the platform for him to show just what he can do. The Frenchman lifted the ball into the box, with Wayne Rooney knocking the ball back to Ibrahimovic. The Swede rose for the ball but was beaten to it by the defender who could only head it as far as the oncoming Pogba. The former Juventus man allowed the ball to bounce once before executing a beautiful volley past Lukasz Fabianski.

Goal 6: Jordan Henderson v Chelsea – 16/09/2016

Liverpool travelled to Chelsea for a huge Friday Night Football clash in the middle of September. Most fancied the Blues to win the game, but they were left stunned by a brilliant display from the Reds. The highlight of the match was a superbly executed long-ranged finish from England midfielder Jordan Henderson. Chelsea’s defence had attempted to clear the ball away but could only get it as far as Henderson who was around 30 yards out. He took a touch before curling a beautiful strike into the top corner of Thibaut Courtios’ goal to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead at the Bridge.

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