The Analyst: The Premier League's shots-on-target kings. Surprise, surprise, Salah reigns

A focus on the men hitting the target with unerring regularity in the Premier League and the ones worth backing in your build-a-bet this weekend.

He scores doesn't necessarily follow he shoots but as the saying goes, you can't win the lottery without buying a ticket. And a look at the Premier League players with the most shots on target shows that one player in particular's numbers are coming up on a regular basis.

There are some surprise packages in there too, and their luck is most definitely out. 

And even better, the Planet Sport Bet shots on target odds can be very appealing, especially when stacked into a build-a-bet.

(Article last updated Wednesday, October 21 2021. Text odds correct at time of publication, the odds in the pretty blue boxes are bang up-to-date)

Mohamed Salah

Games played: 8

Shots: 33

Shots on target: 19

Goals: 7

It's no surprise that Liverpool's 'Egyptian King' Mohamed Salah tops the Premier League's shots on target list this season.

Jurgen Klopp believes he is the best player in the world on current form.

"He is top. We all see it. Who is better than him?" Klopp told BT Sport after Liverpool thumped Watford 5-0 with a brilliant solo goal from Salah.

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He also scored a superb goal against champions Manchester City in the previous fixture. In fact, he has failed to score in just one league game this season - the 2-0 home win over Burnley.

At 29, his goalscoring prowess has not deserted him just yet and when you analyse his stats it is not hard to see why.

He has the most shots in the league (33) and most on target (19) making his conversion rate pretty hot at around 21%. While his career record (104 goals in 166 games) in the Premier League makes him a 60% chance of scoring in each game.

So the 6/5 about Salah to score against out-of-form Manchester United on Sunday looks very generous. It's probably worth getting on the 15/4 that he will score first and, Man Utd fans look away now, he may be worth backing at 28/1 to get a hat-trick too!

Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio celebration West Ham vs Crystal Palace

Games played: 7

Shots: 31

Shots on target: 12

Goals: 5

The ultimate battering ram. But West Ham star Michail Antonio has an eye for goal, with only Salah hitting more shots on target this season.

He could probably do with getting a higher percentage on target, but his five-goal haul is a decent return and if he continues converting chances at the same rate he will not be far away from the Golden Boot.

Mason Greenwood

Games played: 8

Shots: 28

Shots on target: 12

Goals: 4

The Man Utd prodigy is one of those players who always seems to hit the target and 12 shots on target from 28 efforts backs this up.

The Bradford-born striker has also had plenty of game-time and that will no doubt have helped him get into the groove. He seems to have claimed the right-wing role as his own and with Liverpool up next he could be worth taking a punt on.

Greenwood has a goal every other game this season and so the 5/2 about him netting against Jurgen Klopp's men looks a value bet.

Ismaila Sarr

Games played: 8

Shots: 20

Shots on target: 12

Goals: 4

The Watford striker has been on the wanted list of Liverpool previously and looking at his stats it's easy to see why.

He leads the way by getting 60% of his shots on target. Sarr has already bagged four goals this term, including a double to sink Norwich last month.

However, with only nine goals in 36 games, Planet Sport Bet's odds of 3/1 on him netting against Everton are probably best swerved.

Jamie Vardy

Games played: 8

Shots: 23

Shots on target: 12

Goals: 7

Jamie Vardy's appearance is no suprise when it comes to shots on target this season.

Seven goals from eight games have Vardy joint-top of the scoring charts. In fact, he's fired blanks in just two games - against West Ham and Man City, both away.

Leicester are at Brentford on Sunday and given his preference for home games, it might just be worth waiting for Arsenal to visit the King Power at the end of the month before backing Vardy to get on the scoresheet.

Sadio Mane

Games played: 8

Shots: 30

Shots on target: 11

Goals: 5

Only his clubmate Salah has had more shots this season than Sadio Mane. He's managed to get just 11 of those on target, though.

Following on from a season in which his form deserted him, he has chipped in with five goals and looks somewhere close to his best.

The former Southampton man is clearly getting into the right positions and if he can get closer to his league record of 41% of his shots on target (234 shots on target from 561) then his goal output this term will only get higher.

At 7/4 to score anytime against Man Utd, Sunday might be the time to side with the Senegal star.

Jarrod Bowen

Games played: 8

Shots: 18

Shots on target: 9

Goals: 1

One player who looks well capable of scoring more goals is Jarrod Bowen. Signed from Hull City in January 2020 in a £20million-plus deal, Bowen has not looked out of place in the top flight.

He scored once in his debut season, but got eight goals last term and he looks like one who can improve his goal output significantly.

With just one goal in 2021/22, he needs to convert his healthy on-target shots into goals. His time may come, but at 12/5 to score anytime against Tottenham, he's not a player to get involved with just yet.

Harry Kane

Games played: 7

Shots:17

Shots on target: 9

Goals: 1

Harry Kane needs no introduction after blasting 167 Premier League goals in 257 games. This season, though, he has struggled to get into the groove.

His slow start may well have been down to his Euro 2020 involvement with England. But he looked like getting back to his old self in the win at Newcastle with a deft finish at St James' Park (did he think he was offside?).

His goal record this season may not look appealing but his career record means he still has a 60% chance of scoring in the Premier League. So at odds of 13/10 he is still the punters' friend against West Ham, despite looking like a man out of form.

Heung-min Son

Games played: 7

Shots: 20

Shots on target: 9

Goals: 4

Heung-min Son's conversion rate from shots this season is up there with the best. In seven games, the Tottenham man has four goals from 20 shots.

The South Korean is an 11/5 shot to score against West Ham and that may well look appealing when based on this season's stats. But with a 74-goal return from 204 Premier League games, his chances of scoring sit around the 36% mark.

Therefore, despite two goals in his last three games, the price from Planet Sport Bet is about right and not worth taking.

Said Benrahma

Games played: 8

Shots: 24

Shots on target: 8

Goals: 3

Another West Ham man who has graduated from the Championship. The Hammers paid £20million, plus £5million in add-ons, as well as an initial £5million loan fee for the former Brentford winger.

Benrahma scored once in 30 games last season, but this term he has stepped up with three goals already and he looks like a player who could become accustomed to finding the net in the top flight.

His total shot count (24) has him sixth in the list of most shots this season, but with just eight on target, he has room for improvement.

Is he worth hanging your hat on in front of goal just yet? Probably not, but he could be one to keep an eye on.

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