There are many factors that make a team successful and one of those is definitely having a deadly strike-force.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United claim the most successful striking partnership in this season's Premier League campaign.
Manchester United sit top of the table and look certain of winning their 20th league title. Wayne Rooney and new striker Robin van Persie have been the difference between them and the rest.
So which Premier League clubs have the best striking partnerships?
1. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney | Manchester United | 32 goals and 23 assists
Van Persie signed from Arsenal in the summer on the back of a successful season for the Gunners and he has managed to take that form up north. With 20 goals and 13 assists, the Dutchman contributes the lion’s share of the total goals from this pair.
2. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge | Liverpool | 26 goals and 13 assists
As Sturridge only signed for Liverpool in January you can expect him to be lagging some way behind his strike partner Suarez. Suarez has contributed 22 of the 26 goals from the pair and is in the running for this season’s Golden Boot.
3. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott | Arsenal | 22 goals and 17 assists
The Arsenal pair have shared the goals equally with 11 each but Walcott runs away with the assists having created 12 of the 17. Interestingly, both strikers are behind top scorer Santi Cazorla who has 12 goals.
4. Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez | Manchester City | 22 goals and 17 assists
Manchester City sit 12 points behind rivals Manchester United and their strikers may have something to do with that. Despite starting only 13 games, Dzeko has managed to rack up and impressive 12 goals – that’s more than both Sergio Aguero and Tevez who both have 10.
5. Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann | Aston Villa | 21 goals and 8 assists
Despite struggling to stay in the Premier League, Aston Villa have found a partnership that could see them become a more forceful team next season. Benteke was bought in the summer and has lit up the league scoring 15 goals. The young Weimann has also impressed and has kept Darren Bent out of the starting line-up.
6. Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse | Newcastle | 21 goals and 6 assist
Demba Ba moved to Chelsea in the January transfer window but that hasn’t stopped this partnership from falling out of the top 10. Before leaving, Ba managed to score 13 goals for Newcastle, keeping Newcastle away from the threat of relegation.
7. Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez | Southampton | 20 goals and 16 assists
Many fans were livid when the relatively unproven Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins but Rodriguez has flourished under the new manager. The English striker has scored three in his last four games to rocket Southampton up the table. Lambert has scored 14 goals for Southampton this season.
8. Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long | West Brom | 19 goals and 9 assists
The highest scoring Chelsea player in the Premier League hasn’t scored a goal for them all season. That’s because they loaned him to West Brom where he has since turned in to a feared striker. The Belgian has scored 13 goals this season to drive West Brom to a likely top half finish.
9. Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric | Fulham | 18 goals and 6 assists
Berbatov was let go by Manchester United after being ostracized from the squad. Fulham snapped up the striker despite interest from other clubs and he has since showed that he still has plenty to offer the Premier League. The Bulgarian has scored 13 goals this season.
10. Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey | Tottenham | 15 goals and 7 assists
The goalscoring duties in North London have been left to the spectacular Gareth Bale but Defoe and Dempsey still creep in to the top 10 with 15 goals. Defoe has managed to score 10 goals despite recurring injuries whilst Dempsey has failed to recapture the form he showed at Fulham by scoring just five.
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