Race for the Premier League title: Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Olivier Giroud analysed
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 11/02/16 5:30pm
The Premier League's top four go head-to-head on Sky Sports on Sunday, with leaders Leicester travelling to Arsenal and Manchester City hosting Tottenham.
Just six points separate the teams in the table and this weekend offers the perfect opportunity for them to make a statement of intent in the title race.
To build up the big showdowns, all this week Sky Sports will be analysing the teams.
Now, it's time to check each team's strikeforce. Here's what the statistics say…
Top-four strikers compared
|Player||Team||International caps||Transfer fee|
|Jamie Vardy||Leicester City||4 (England)||£1.7m|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham||8 (England)||N/A (Academy)|
|Olivier Giroud||Arsenal||44 (France)||£9.6m|
|Sergio Aguero||Man City||69 (Argentina)||£38m|
Goals & Assists
When it comes to goalscoring, Jamie Vardy has been the Premier League's best in 2015/16. The Leicester City striker has 18 goals so far this season - an incredible improvement on the five he managed in 2014/15. Vardy has also chipped in with three assists, meaning he's had a direct involvement in 45 per cent of Leicester's 47 goals.
Tottenham's Harry Kane (15) and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (14) aren't far behind in the scoring charts, with Olivier Giroud on 12 for Arsenal. The quartet all feature in the top seven Premier League goalscorers this season, with Everton's Romelu Lukaku (16), Watford's Odion Ighalo and Leicester's Riyad Mahrez (both 14) also in the running for the golden boot.
|Player||Shooting accuracy||Shot conversion rate||Big chance scored/missed||Big chance conversion rate|
Harry Kane has the best conversion rate of the top-four's leading strikers when it comes to putting away clear-cut opportunities.
The Tottenham man has scored 54 per cent of the big chances presented to him this season. In contrast, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has scored six such openings and missed 12 - a conversion rate of 33 per cent.
Kane also has the best shooting accuracy, hitting the target with 64.29 per cent of his efforts at goal, while Aguero comes out on top in terms of shot conversion, scoring with 26.42 per cent of his strikes.
Aguero has the best goals/minute rate in the Premier League, of strikers to have scored at least five times. However, the problem for Manchester City this season has been keeping him fit. He's played just 1336 minutes in 2015/16 - 870 fewer than Kane. That's the equivalent to more than nine and a half games.
Only ever-present centre-back Toby Alderweireld has played more minutes than Kane at Spurs this season. Vardy has also been available for every Premier League game for Leicester. Giroud, though, has spent time on the bench earlier this season when he was duelling for the Arsenal striker role with Theo Walcott.
Watch Arsenal v Leicester from 11.30am and Man City v Tottenham from 4pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday. Or watch all day for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV