Will Harry Kane end his August scoring drought?
Tottenham Hotspur got off to a decent start to the season with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United, with debutant Kyle Walker Peters impressing at right-back. The game showed the best and the worst of players, from Dele Alli’s well-timed run to volley in Christian Eriksen’s precise cross, to Jonjo Shelvey’s sending off for stamping on Alli’s ankle in front of the referee.
In the midst of the heated battle stood a frustrated Harry Kane, who added to his goalless streak in the month of August – which now stands at 11 Premier League games. During the game, last season’s golden boot winner saw goalie Rob Elliot make a fantastic reaction save from point-blank range, as well as a late effort ping off of the back post.
Kane didn’t have any luck against Newcastle, but he certainly showed off his attacking flair and was given opportunities to capitalise on. So, can Harry Kane finally break his August goal scoring juju?
Only two chances left in 2017
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Tottenham’s upcoming fixtures to see out August are Chelsea and Burnley, both of whom they’ll play in their 2017/18 home of Wembley Stadium. After that, Spurs visit Everton on 9th September, so he’ll be looking to break the streak in front of his adoring fans.
Luckily for Kane and Spurs, he has decent scoring records against both Chelsea and Burnley, which will hopefully give the striker enough confidence to find the back of the net.
Five in 11
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That’s the number of Premier League goals and games that Harry Kane has against Chelsea and Burnley combined during the 24-year-old’s still young career.
Against Tottenham’s London rivals, Kane has a cool three goals in six league games and totals four goals in eight contests overall against them.
Chelsea will come into the contest at Wembley without the injured Eden Hazard and Pedro as well as the suspended Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas – both sent off against Burnley in their first game of the season – which will certainly enhance Tottenham’s chances of winning.
Spurs to win and Kane to score is at 9/5 which, despite the drought, would make a good use of Ladbrokes' £30 free bet, as not only does Kane have a 50 percent strike-rate against the reigning champions, but Chelsea are also without their most trustworthy centre-back, a weakness which Kane will prey on.
If not Chelsea, Kane will come to the last chance saloon – for this year that is – against Burnley. While the Englishman’s strike-rate against the Clarets is weaker than his scoring against Chelsea, his two goals in five games are still encouraging. To add to that, Burnley conceded to Chelsea when the Blues were reduced to ten-men, and then again when they were reduced to nine-men – so there are certainly goals to be had against the Lancashire club.
It’s been a long 11 games for Harry Kane, but this August might just be the one when he shrugs off the “slow-starter” label. He shows up for the big games and rivals Chelsea are heavily wounded, so the game on Sunday 20th August looks to be his time to shine.