Of course, Vardy enters the resumed season as the favourite, but his Leicester City side have some big games to close out the season. The Foxes face Chelsea, Everton, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Tottenham and Manchester United before the season closes – a run that will make or break Vardy’s quest, although he often does find the net in these big games. Aubameyang has a similarly tough end to the season, with big games against Manchester City, Wolves, Sheffield United, Vardy’s Leicester, and Liverpool.
Arsenal also have a north London derby against Tottenham to deal with, but Aubameyang has a decent record against the Gunners’ local rivals, finding the net against them for both Dortmund and Arsenal.
As for champions-elect Liverpool – and chasing duo Salah and Mane – they face Merseyside rivals Everton before facing City, Arsenal and Chelsea in their only ‘big’ games. I’m sure the Reds’ attacking personnel will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing the likes of Brighton and Aston Villa before the year’s conclusion. The defending champions Manchester City – armed, of course, with Sergio Aguero – also have a relatively attractive schedule, with games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool their only real challenges on paper. Aguero will certainly be keen to face Newcastle – the Argentine has 15 goals in just 13 league appearances against the Magpies.
Ultimately, it is anyone’s guess as to who will receive the acclaimed Golden Boot at the end of the season – the race is very much still on. Jamie Vardy leads the charts, echoing his fabled 2015/16 season where he scored 24 goals but missed out on the award due to compatriot Harry Kane’s effort of 25. Can Vardy make amends and win the Golden Boot this year?
By Andrew Gamble